Visual Artists Input Requested for Holly Shores Master Plan

The Holly Shores Master Plan Public Meeting #4 was held on Monday, May 20th at Martin Middle School, where City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) staff led by Chris Yanez, Principal Planner and the team of consultants were on hand to present the Draft Master Plan and invite public input. Three of these public meetings have been held previously; August and November 2012, and February 2013 where community input was gathered.

I have photos of the meeting and I will share that in another article, because I am dedicating this article to one important aspect that I learned about at the evening meeting and it is time sensitive.

There is an invitation extended to visual artists by GO collaborative, a local two person design and planning team working with the City of Austin’s Austin in Public Places (AIPP). The visual artists who are from, or have worked in and around the Holly neighborhood, are invited to talk about how the visual arts currently serve Austin’s East Side neighborhood.

VA Workshop_Walk Holly Shores Plan 6.1.2013 [IMG_1307]

The meeting will be held on June 1st, from 9am – 11:30am starting at the Camacho Activity Center, 34 Robert Martinez Junior St. (78702), where the walk will be in a circular route around the park. Along the route, there will be stops to talk about how the visual arts currently support the Holly neighborhood and can best serve the community as the park develops in the future.

Sarah Gamble, with GO collective stated, “At this first meeting, we hope to understand more deeply (about the arts in East Austin) and have this set the framework. This is not the only meeting opportunity.” The two woman consulting team, including Lynn Osgood, stated they have been on the job four weeks and have been in talks with representatives from the City of Austin’s Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Mexic – Arte Museum and other city department staff in order to orient themselves for this public meeting.


Daniel Llanez, a member of the Community Advisory Group (CAG) provides Sarah Gamble (Left, in blue) his ideas of what artists should be asked to participate in the artistic process, while Lynn Osgood (Right, in black), listens intently. (Photo credit: Liz Lopez, Liz’s Lenzwork)

To participate in the walk, contact Sarah Gamble at 512.203.6110 or and she will then confirm your attendance and provide more details.

Liz Lopez

Source: City of Austin



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