CURRENT & UPCOMING EVENTS
Poetry Reading: Amanda Johnston and Desiree Evans
Saturday, February 10, 3pm
Award winning poet Amanda Johnston reads from her first full-length collection, Another Way To Say Enter, along with poet Desiree Evans.
Social Justice Creative Writing: Building Poems from the Heart Up
Free Community Poetry Workshop with Amanda Johnston
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 7pm
Seats are limited! Sign up here.
Ann ‘Sole Sister’ Johnson, Rabéa Ballin, Delita Martin and Lovie Olivia
Last Look & Celebration: Saturday, February 24, 2018, 1pm – 4pm
For Print Austin 2018, we will be exhibiting work from Ann ‘Sole Sister’ Johnson, Rabéa Ballin, Delita Martin and Lovie Olivia. Together, these four artists make up the printmaking collective ROUX.
About ROUX: "As the collective confronts the disciplines of printmaking, they produce challenging exhibitions that examine the cultural and societal issues of genealogy, feminism, identity, and other topics that affect woman of the African Diaspora. Like recipes and stories are inherited, altered and passed down from generation to generation by granny-to-auntie-to-daughter-to cousin-to sister, so are traditional craft techniques, beauty codes, symbols, beliefs, rituals and practices. We wish to offer a contemporary take on the hand-made and the art of storytelling through Printmaking, both traditional and nontraditional. In the interest of honoring our ancestors, we bend, stir, mix and alter that that has been given to us. "
Birds' Nests and Refuge: Impermanent Homes
November 11, 2017 – January 6, 2018
Nest Photographs by Sharon Beals
Writing by Ching-In Chen, Chaitali Sen, Dena Afrasaibi & Maria Reva
See extraordinary large-scale photographs of birds' nests worldwide. Read literature by writers on immigration and home. We offer this show in the spirit of peace, safety and for freedom of movement for all who live.
In the Creativity Room, build a nest of your own with recycled materials like feathers, ribbons, balloons, and fabric. Add a welcome note for new refugees to Austin to a large collective nest.
Art Party with Free Chili & Cornbread: You're Invited!
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 1– 5pm
Come celebrate winter with us! Join us for an afternoon of Nest-Making and Art-Viewing! We will be serving free up vegetarian chili and cornbread. Come for the art, community and sustenance.
See extraordinary photographs of birds' nests worldwide, and read literature by writers on immigration. Our Creativity Room is open-- dig in with lots of found materials from the Austin Creative Reuse to build a nest of your own!
"Each large format photo is a triumph of color, resolution and artistry, telling more than you would expect about birds from all over the world. Alongside evocative poems about immigration." --Diana Claitor
Peace Pole Installation & Poetry Reading
Saturday, January 6, 2018, 2:30 – 4:00pm
Come to a ceremonial installation of a permanent Peace Pole in the front yard. The peace pole is an 8-foot tall, four-sided cedar pole that reads "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in English, Spanish, Chinese. Arabic, Hindi, Navajo, Portuguese and Vietnamese.
At this celebration, four women writers of color will read poems on the themes of peace, justice and freedom. Chaitali Sen, Maria Reva, Amanda Johnston and Dena Afrasaibi will read.
Hot cider and ginger cookies will be served. Visitors can also see the current art exhibition, Birds' Nests and Refuge. Free and open to the public.
Check back for our future exhibitions and reading dates!