Agencies indicated by a star have been thoroughly audited for both efficiency and outcomes by one of the following large grantors: Austin Community Foundation, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Glimmer of Hope Foundation, Impact Austin, Junior League of Austin and/or United Way Capital Area within the last two years.
Anthropos Arts promotes equal opportunity in music education by bringing top professional musicians into low-income, Title I schools to offer free music lessons, workshops, and performance opportunities to at risk middle and high school students.
Our mission is to provide quality art, music and fitness programs to children at childcare centers in high poverty areas. Our long-term goal is to enhance curricula in east Austin childcare centers and the professionalism of childcare center employees. We provide 30 weeks of instruction so when we leave the childcare employee has the lessons and supplies to carry on the curricula. AFPYC partners with Austin Community College to provide continuing education units to the childcare employees who participate in our program. This service is provided at no cost to participating childcare centers. In return the childcare centers will demonstrate their commitment to arts and fitness insruction by planning follow-up lessons between visits by AFPYC instructors.
To provide a place where Austin's Asian American community can proudly express their cultural backgrounds and house their economic and educational interests, while reinforcing the City's reputation for ethnic diversity.
We, at the Austin Blues Society, seek to represent the Past, Present, and Future of Blues music through Education in Commemoration and Preservation of, the rich musical history which is so prominent here in Austin and throughout Texas. We honor the many Blues legends that have graced our stages and support and promote ALL of our local Blues artists, both veterans and new arrivals. We serve our community as "Ambassadors of the Blues" and strive to share our love for the culture through Community Events & Festivals, Hosted Jams & Concert Programming, "Blues in the Schools" programming, Cultural Enrichment, and through the support of other organizations with the same or similar mission. The Austin Blues Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating higher awareness and a greater appreciation of this historic art form. Keeping Blues LIVE in Austin!
In tune with Austin since 1977, the Austin Civic Orchestra brings artistic excellence to the community and provides a musical outlet for both professional and non-professional musicians. The all-volunteer orchestra and board members of ACO work every season to build and improve the quality and outreach of its programs, including a combination of indoor classical performances and more informal repertoire at the annual outdoor concerts in Zilker Park. Our season motto is, "Embracing the Classics, Exploring the Future." Music Director, Lois Ferrari, believes that today's audiences want to experience classical music as a dynamic art form, steeped in tradition yet open to new influences. With this in mind, ACO programs beloved classics alongside new and eclectic works, some of which might be considered offbeat, cross-genre, or even radical, all while exploring ways to bring the audience closer to the music.
Austin Classical Guitar Society (ACGS) has transformed our school-based music education, having built guitar classes in over 30 local middle and high schools, the Travis County Juvenile Justice System, and the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. ACGS has served thousands of diverse young Central Texans. The unique ACGS curriculum developed to support Austin schools is in use by over 400 educators internationally. In additional to education, ACGS has six complete concert series, and various community engagement programs. A student recently wrote: “ACGS’ Education Program has given me an outlet to release stress from the day and life in general. It has made me a better person and allowed me to appreciate music so much more.”
Austin Community Steelband’s mission is to expose Austinites of all ages, incomes, and cultural backgrounds to the joys of the musical instrument Steelpan, emphasizing low-income, underserved youth who lack opportunities. Through Steelband we promote cultural tolerance and help prepare low-income youth with skills necessary for their socioeconomic development. Our professional instruction stresses excellence, self-expression, and cultural relevance, while promoting steelpan’s cultural origins from Trinidad. Through performances for diverse community audiences, we demonstrate steelpan’s unlimited musical possibilities and invite audiences to share in the magic of this inspiring instrument.
We partner with youth-serving organizations, leveraging resources to serve at least 90 students in classes yearly, and over 500 through workshops, demonstrations, and performances. Partners have included AISD’s 21st Century, Boys & Girls Clubs, City of Austin Parks & Recreation Dept., Austin Children’s Shelter, Citizen Schools, daycares, and churches. We perform for community festivals, events, and parties.
The mission of ALMA (meaning “soul” in English) is to increase knowledge and awareness in the community about local musicians and important historical figures in Austin’s Latino music scene, provide exposure and resources to local musicians, and to foster the development of young musicians who will keep Latino musical styles and traditions alive in the Capitol City. ALMA's signature programs are Sonidos del (Sound of the) Barrio, Women in Latin Music and Santana-rama. ALMA has produced several CDs highlighting local Latino music/artists.
Austin Music Foundation fuels Austin's creative economy by empowering musicians through innovative career-development and music-business education programs. AMF provides programs to help local artists navigate opportunities in the music industry and services to unite the local music community.
Austin Playhouse is dedicated to providing opportunities for Austin artists and audiences to celebrate the human experience through professional productions of classic, contemporary and musical plays. Austin Playhouse supports other nonprofits through a benefit performance program and fosters the next generation of artists and arts patrons through internships, collaborations with local universities, and half-price student tickets.
The Austin Shakespeare Festival presents professional theatre of the highest quality with an emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare, bringing to the public performances and eduation programs to youth that are fresh, bold, imaginative, thought-provoking, and eminently accessible, connecting the truths of the past with the challenges and possibilities of today.
Austin Symphonic Band is "Community in Concert" - Austin area musicians who volunteer their time and talents to provide the Greater Austin community with high quality, enjoyable, sometimes avant garde concert band music. ASB performs free in parks and on the state capitol steps, taking music to the people where they live, and providing young people affordable, personal contact with music and musicians. A three-concert indoor season brings nationally known soloists to Austin and performances featuring students from the Butler School of Music at UT provides exposure for graduate students and a chance for Austin audiences to hear the stars of tomorrow. The Band performs both well-loved traditional concert band music and music written by contemporary composers. ASB has commissioned a work by Frank Tichelli to be premiered in its 2015-16 season in recognition of conductor Dick Floyd's 25th year with the band.
The mission of the Austin Symphony Orchestra Society, Inc. is to enhance the cultural quality of life for the adults and young people of Austin and Central Texas by providing excellence in music performance and educational programming.
The mission of the Paramount and State Theatres is to enhance the quality of life for area residents through presentation of the widest selection of the finest quality theatre and performing arts productions possible. We strive to promote artistic expression and appreciation among all segments of the Central Texas community.
The Austin Traditional Jazz Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which is dedicated to the performance and preservation of traditional (New Orleans style) jazz in Central Texas. The Society, which was founded in 1977 has provided a stage for many leading national and local traditional jazz musicians. It welcomes to its events and membership anyone who enjoys this fine American art form. The Society provides jazz educational programs for students at middle and high schools and local universities.
Mission statement: "Bringing Arts to the community and the community to the arts".
Focus on providing platforms for the development of dancers and choreographers, repertoire expansion and a reinvestment in the infrastructure of underserved communities through aggressive community programming, and public and private partnerships and a continual reassessment of the vision and focus.
Bellas Artes Alliance (BAA) is a new 501c3 organization dedicated to the promotion, preservation and advancement of the music, arts and culture of the Latino community by producing festivals, programs and events that strengthen the public’s awareness and appreciation of Latino heritage, that encourage social advocacy on behalf of the Latino community and that support, educate and expose Latino artists residing in the Americas.
Connecther is a communication and funding platform working to advance women and girls globally.
Mission: Inspired by the power of music to change lives, Conspirare engages audiences in extraordinary musical experiences through world-class choral performances and recordings. Conspirare is an internationally recognized professional choral organization. Led by founding artistic director Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare is comprised of two adult ensembles and an educational program. The professional chamber choir (“Conspirare” or “Company of Voices”) of extraordinarily talented singers from around the country performs an annual concert series in Austin and tours to other Texas communities, the U.S., and abroad. Conspirare records on the Harmonia Mundi label and has received five Grammy® nominations. The Conspirare Symphonic Choir of professional and volunteer singers performs large choral/orchestral works, often in collaboration with other organizations. Conspirare Youth Choirs is an educational program for singers ages 8-17, who learn and perform in two separate ensembles, Kantorei and Allegro (formerly Conspirare Children’s Choir).
Forklift Danceworks produces performances, classes and workshops that engage all kinds of people in the creative process. Past company dances have included Austin sanitation workers, firefighters, people and their dogs, Elvis impersonators, and Venetian gondoliers. Forklift also directs a creative movement program at two Austin schools and leads mixed-ability dance workshops for people with and without disabilities. By engaging a diverse audience—including spectators, performers, and participants—Forklift Danceworks broadens access to contemporary dance while building community and fostering the creative spirit.
The mission of Groundwork Music Project is to provide low cost and free music programs to young children and families. From music classes to songwriting workshops to public concerts, Groundwork works to create a cultural/community milieu that is rich with music and rich with young musicians.
The Hispanic Alliance for the Performing Arts is a coalition of social, artistic, and educational organizations
devoted to enlargement of cultural opportunities for the Hispanic community and other underserved groups in the
Imagine Art's vision is God glorified through the restored lives of artists with disabilities. We are a Christian ministry and operate a fine art studio in East Austin. Our day-to-day mission is to transform the lives of artists with disabilities. Artist participate daily in our creative community and access our fine art studio, glass and clay kiln, gallery, garden and daily lunch program. We offer mid-day prayer times, weekly Bible studies, men’s and women’s groups and an annual 4-day retreat.
KLRU-TV Austin PBS has a mission to present quality multimedia content that engages people in the thoughtful exchange of ideas, the expression of the arts, and lifelong learning opportunities resulting in a more vibrant community and a higher quality of life.
The Long Center is Austin’s Creative Home, providing performing artists and organizations in the Greater Austin region with facilities and services that foster excellence, encourage originality, and promote collaboration. To broaden the appreciation and enhance enjoyment of the cultural arts, the Long Center connects diverse audiences to significant local, regional, national and international artists and performances in a world class venue.
The mission of the Austin Theatre Alliance, parent organization of the Paramount & Stateside Theatres, is to nourish the mind and spirit and to enhance the quality of life for area residents through presentation of the widest selection of the finest quality theatre and performing arts productions possible. We offer music, film, dance, drama, and comedy in a city and state landmark that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Pollyanna Theatre Company is a group of adult, professional theatre artists who create and perform theatre for children and family audiences. Founded in the fall of 2000, Pollyanna produces the majority of our plays at Austin's The Long Center for the Performing Arts. We currently serve over 22,000 children through our productions in the theatre and in school settings. The majority of our audience are high at-risk elementary school children who depend upon Pollyanna as their first experience with the live performing arts. Working with some of the best professional actors, playwrights, and designers in Central Texas, Pollyanna commissions and produces original plays with the developmental and educational needs of our audience in mind. All productions have parent and teacher study guides that link the arts to learning.
Preservation Austin (formerly the Heritage Society of Austin) promotes Austin’s diverse cultural heritage through the preservation of historic places. For 60 years, Preservation Austin has been Austin’s leading voice for the preservation and as a result of our advocacy and financial support, 300 historic properties, including treasures like the Driskill Hotel, Paramount Theater, and Laguna Gloria, and many private residences have been preserved. We have returned more than $2.8 million to the community and present Pioneer Farms, a living history museum. Recently, we led efforts including: Provided expertise and advocacy to improve and sustain Austin’s Historic Landmarks program; Made first gift toward the Governor’s Mansion restoration;
Helped to institute Local Historic Districts and provided funding to create district nominations;
Advocated for the preservation of the Capitol View Corridors; Created downloadable historic tour app to capture the interest of the next generation of Austinites in our city’s heritage.
Sharing the power of dance through education and performance
Tapestry Dance Company is a professional, non-profit dance organization founded in 1989 for the purpose of developing a foundation in multi-form dance performance and education. The organization has expanded to a professional company of seven resident artists, a diversified administrative and production support staff and a pre-professional and adult training facility in Austin. Tapestry Dance Company shares the power of dance through numerous events and programs sponsored by individual contributors, corporations, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Austin and the Texas Commission on the Arts as well as its wonderful audiences. These programs include seasonal multi-form concert premieres, The Annual Soul to Sole Festival, community outreach programs such as Rhythm, Dance, Music & You! and Sharing the Power of Dance, numerous master classes and workshops as well as touring residencies throughout the country.
Ninety percent of films made before 1930 no longer exist. Since the invention of film in the late 1890s, countless films have been lost due to deterioration and neglect and more remain inaccessible due to lack of resources. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) works to discover, preserve, provide access to, and educate the community about Texas' film heritage. By partnering with individuals and institutions across the state, TAMI digitizes and provides access to Texas-related moving images at www.texasarchive.org. This easily-accessible and ever-growing collection includes thousands of videos providing insight into the history and culture of the state, including materials like local television, advertisements, home movies, and more. TAMI works to encourage the viewing and use of these films through public programs and educator resources. We need your assistance to continue providing free services to educators, libraries, archives, and the general public.
The Texas Music Museum researches, archives, presents exhibits, educational programs and performances related to the broad range of Texas Music. We serve children, youth and adults through our programs that are all free to the public.
The Contemporary Austin reflects the spectrum of contemporary art through exhibitions, commissions, education, and the collection.
The Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum uses its collection of more than 200 sculptures, paintings, and drawings by 20th century American sculptor Charles Umlauf, to provide educational programs and experiences that encourage the understanding and appreciation of sculpture. As both a sculptor and teacher, Umlauf embodies the importance of education, which is central to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum’s mission.
VSA Texas challenges perceptions of how people contribute by creating an arts-inspired, inclusive community of individuals with diverse abilities. Affiliated with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as the state organization on arts and disability, VSA Texas delivers excellent cultural, professional, and educational programs and services to communities across Texas. We believe that arts experiences enhance the skills, confidence and quality of life for people with disabilities, and we support this belief by offering programs that enable educational achievement and career success, events that feature the work of our artists, and specialized arts training for artists, educators and service providers. Recognizing that every person has a voice that deserves to be heard, VSA Texas partners with supporters, volunteers, community organizations, educators, and state and local governments across Texas to promote and facilitate people with and without disabilities working together to create inclusive and strong communities.
ZACH aims to create a unique theatre experience that ignites the imagination, lifts the spirit, and creates meaningful dialogue that engages our community. ZACH's season of professional theatre productions celebrates diversity and offers a wide array of cross-cultural educational and participatory activities including professional theatre classes and interactive plays for children.
Entering its 54th consecutive year, the Zilker Summer Musical is one of the most cherished & longest running family traditions in Austin. Zilker Theatre Productions, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to preserving this uniquely Austin tradition by mounting these large-scale musical productions at the Beverly S. Sheffield Hillside Theater in Austin's beautiful Zilker Park. These award-winning, pay-what-you-wish Broadway caliber productions boast an audience of 40,000+ and have been entertaining the people of Central Texas for generations. Our mission is to produce outstanding, affordable theatre that educates, engages, and enriches our community in order to provide an opportunity for community access and community participation in the performing arts. In recent years, we have also entered into a public/private partnership with the City of Austin, Home Depot, and other community businesses to help maintain and improve The Hillside Theater which is utilized by numerous
theatre groups throughout Austin.
allgo envisions a just and equitable society that celebrates and nurtures vibrant people of color queer cultures. allgo works toward its vision through cultural arts, health and advocacy programming by: supporting artists and artistic expression within our diverse communities; promoting health within a wellness model; and, mobilizing and building coalitions among groups marginalized by race/ethnicity, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation/sexual identity to enact change. allgo works to create and sustain a network of queer people of color activists, groups, organizations and allies, which through nourishment of relationships, grassroots organizing and artistic expression can radically transform systems and policies toward a collective liberation.
Our programming consists of four programming strands: 1) Multi-Issue Action Areas (focusing on Anti-Violence; Reproductive Justice/ Sexual Freedom and Worker/Immigrant and Refugee Rights); 2) Network of Queer POC activists, groups, organizations, and allies including the statewide Queer People of Color Summit; 3) Cultural Arts; and 4) Wellness.
The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) was formed in 2009 by an international band of genre enthusiasts. It’s now the largest archive of its kind in the world, mainly focusing on the “exploitation era” of independent genre cinema–the 1960’s through the 1980’s. With about 1500 35 mm prints, it reflects the rebel spirit of genre filmmaking itself. With an active loaning program, AGFA films are screened at cinemas and festivals world-wide.
The mission of American Repertory Ensemble is to create, innovate, curate and facilitate life through innovative performance. American Repertory Ensemble seeks to enrich audiences by expanding perceived boundaries of dance, music and media arts and by generating opportunities for cultural and artistic exchanges through creative, educational and performance forums.
Art Alliance Austin is a catalyst for art. We exist to enrich and endow Central Texas’ cultural landscape as well as to promote the participation in visual art through the production of our suite of annual events – which culminate in Art Week Austin.
Providing an avenue for the youth of Wimberley, Texas to participate in cultural art experiences, enhancing awareness and appreciation of the arts, being a catalyst for community enrichment through the cultural arts.
Arts From the Heart is celebrating our 13th year of providing valuable cultural art experiences to Wimberley Youth. Through the years were have seen hundreds of students look at varieties of subjects with broadened perspectives, develop their creative thinking abilities, and gain appreciation for the arts.
Arts From the Heart has never charged students tuition or fees to participate in our programs. We rely solely on donations to sustain our efforts. We continue our tradition of not charging for our services so that all children, regardless of their family’s circumstances, can participate.
Attendance Records is dedicated to bringing creativity back into schools by connecting teachers and students with local writers, artists, and musicians. By providing students with the opportunity to design, write and produce their own album, students will build confidence skills that will result in discovering what makes them unique. Each school year, we provide a free, safe environment where students are encouraged to find their own voice through the arts. Students will design cover art, write lyrics, poetry, short stories, and produce their very own album. Two local bands per semester will work with students in the classroom to help turn ideas into actual song lyrics. The band will then take student written lyrics and record an original album for free.
The Audio Preservation Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit music organization which connects people with the history of music. We accomplish our mission by expanding public sound recording collections of public libraries, archives, and museums across the nation. Two of our Austin beneficiaries are the Texas Music Museum and the University of Texas. We rely on donations of music which would otherwise be thrown away or lost in someone's garage. Our activities include donations to and cataloging for the archives, as well as providing opportunities in music history education. We are headquartered in Austin and work closely with the Austin music community to document and preserve the local music history currently being made.
Austin Cabaret Theatre is the only professionally producing year-round cabaret in Austin. We are also the only year-round dinner cabaret showroom in the state of Texas! Austin Cabaret Theatre strives to present professional cabaret artists and educational outreach opportunities in an intimate setting, now at our new home, The Long Center for the Performing Arts.
The Austin Chamber Music Center is dedicated to serving Central Texas by expanding knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of chamber music through the highest quality performance and instruction.
Austin Children's Museum creates innovative learning experiences for children and families that equip and inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers.
The mission of the Greater Austin Creative Alliance is to advance, connect and celebrate Austin’s creative life in order to strengthen our creative economy and benefit the well-being of our community.
The Austin Film Festival, Inc., is dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of screenwriting and filmmaking by providing unique, year-round cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation, and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships.
The Austin Film Society promotes the appreciation of film and supports creative filmmaking through screenings, giving grants and providing access and education about film to youth and the public. Through Austin Studios, opened in 2000 in partnership with the City of Austin, AFS helps attract film development and production to Austin and Texas.
Austin Girls’ Choir provides a fantastic opportunity for musically talented girls aged 8 to 18 to perform a wide range of music in Austin and beyond.
Austin Green Art envisions, inspires and manifests the Sustainability Revolution. We believe environmental destruction is driven by cultural programming. AGA provides hands on engagement with collaborative design involving ALL members of the community engaging the complex issues of our times.
The mission of the Austin History Center Association is to support the Austin History Center, the local history archives of the Austin Public Library and its work to collect, preserve, and make available to the public materials documenting the history of Austin and Travis County.
The Austin Jazz Workshop's mission is to perform for and mentor students in central Texas public schools in order to encourage their participation in band, orchestra, and choir programs, and to enhance quality of life through live performances employing area musicians and collaborations with nonprofit organizations in central Texas.
Provides operatic performances and educational experiences at the highest level of expression which enrich the quality of life for the Central Texas community.
Austin Pops brings stellar central Texas musicians to the stage for live performances featuring local singers, songwriters, composers and young artists. Our mission is to further the understanding of traditional orchestral instruments through performances, recordings and other media presentations of popular music and through educational outreach to the community.
Nationally acclaimed artists facilitate creative writing workshops for women from Austin and UT, primarily women of color, where jazz-inspired methodologies guide women to make substantial life changes. By sharing their newly found, authentic voices in public performances and community forums, TAPEJA participants offer a model of freedom and social change.
ASPAA exists to find and supply financial and administrative assistance and educational support for music-based performing arts groups in and around Austin, TX. ASPAA Currently supports Espada Indoor Percussion, ATX Winterguards, and Sixth Street Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. We sponsor the annual Texas Drum Corps Preview.
To provide live musical theatre for children 3-10 and their families regardless of their ability to pay.
Badgerdog was created to publish and to teach. Accordingly, our mission is two-fold: to publish work that furthers our cultures, collective vision and to equip at-risk children with the language skills necessary to create literary art from their joy and their jeopardy.
Ballet Austin boasts a rich history spanning five decades, acclaimed productions, and one of the nation’s largest classical ballet academies. As choreographed by artistic director Stephen Mills from the new Butler Dance Education Center and Community School in downtown Austin, Ballet Austin actively engages the community, dancers, and audiences alike.
channelAustin promotes the creative power and First Amendment right to free speech for the Austin community who wish to access digital media. Freedom of expression should be available to the community regardless of disability or ability, on a fair and equitable basis that is non-discriminatory, non-commercial, non-exclusive, and content neutral.
Chorus Austin is the nonprofit umbrella organization that manages the business functions and artistic productions of the Chorus Austin Consort, Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble, and the award-winning Austin Civic Chorus. We offer 6 different concert programs each season for our patrons to enjoy, and a variety of volunteer and outreach opportunities as well.
The mission of Cine Las Americas is to promote cross-cultural understanding and growth by educating, entertaining and challenging the diverse Central Texas community through film and media arts.
Cine Las Americas offers theatrical screenings of films made by or about Latinos or indigenous peoples of the Americas. Films from Spain and Portugal are also included, creating a truly Pan-American cinematic experience.
Our mission is to ensure that Austin youth have a safe, supportive, dynamic and challenging community in which to discover their powerful voices - through written, spoken word and hip hop - to express their views, strengthen self esteem, and engage them in opportunities that allow them to address the issues that affect them.
The mission of Creative Action is to spark and support the academic, social, and emotional development of young people. Through interactive classroom performances, after school arts residencies, and teen programs, Creative Action’s team of professional Teaching Artists inspire youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers, and confident leaders in their community.
Our mission is to create a center that unites people of all ages and cultures through the teaching and sharing of Dance, Art and Music. Our objectives include enhancing and broadening the lives of under-served participants through instruction in art, dance and music; introducing participants to multiple disciplines of the arts to enrich their life choices; celebrating and encouraging cultural unity through art; providing a safe and healthy class environment. Programs include an annual Fall Gala, an annual Austin Ballroom Festival, youth summer dance camps, a youth dance scholarship fund, and student performances. Children and adult dance and fitness classes, group and private lessons, special events and outings, and workshops are offered.
We promote and encourage the knowledge, appreciation, practice and performance of dance. With the goal of expanding audiences and support for contemporary dance, DU brings the power, culture and history of dance into the entire community and implements programs that cultivate meaningful exchanges between artists and the public.
DiverseArts presents high-quality multidisciplinary, multicultural arts programs in Austin. We operate a visual arts gallery and performance venue; present spoken word, jazz and blues performances, and produce culture-based community festivals. Current work focuses on the African American Cultural Heritage District and preserving the cultural heritage of the East End Community.
Equality Texas Foundation conducts research and educates Texans about policies and their effect on Texans of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. We also coordinate efforts of LGBT and allied organizations across the state to achieve goals and objectives. Our programs serve to educate and empower Texans on equality issues.
Femme Film Texas teaches filmmaking and digital technology to young women and girls, with an emphasis on reaching underserved populations. During in-school programs and summer camps, girls create and exhibit original video projects.
The Fusebox Festival presents contemporary art and performance that spans form and geography. The festival acts as a catalyst for new ideas, new artistic models, new languages and approaches to help us better fully engage with the issues and questions that define and inspire us as artists and audiences.
GTHS promotes awareness and preservation of the German cultural heritage of Texas through German language classes, speakers, genealogical seminars, a research library and tours of the historic German Free School. We host four annual cultural events; publish books on German-Texan history and genealogy, a quarterly Journal and a bi-monthly newsletter.
Our mission: Leverage the power of music to transform young lives by creating self-confidence, opportunity and hope. We do this by bringing professional musicians into the Boys and Girls clubs in East and South Austin to provide music education and mentorship. We also run a music production class in our South Austin studio, and work with artists and organizations to provide concerts, field trips, scholarships and musical experiences for our kids.
Our mission is "To help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling."
Hostelling International-Austin provides safe and affordable lodging to over 12,000 travelers per year. In addition, we offer free travel classes to the Austin community (such as Women Traveling Solo and World Travel 101) and youth education programs to promote intercultural awareness and dialogue.
We promote and preserve the culture of an indigenous population, collectively known as Coahuiltecans – in Texas and northern Mexico.
We present educational programs on the identity and ancestral legacy of these Native Americans who have millions of descendants― currently labeled Mexican American, Latino, or Hispanic―still living in Texas and the U.S. Many of these descendants continue to practice their indigenous ceremonies, pray in their Native languages, and hold true to the values of their ancestors.
We also strive to maintain our covenant with sacred sites. We partner with local community organizations and support groups outside of our area that are dedicated to preserving the natural environment of sites that indigenous people consider sacred. Our programs include Nakum Press, Coahuiltecan Language Program, Library and Archives, the Nakum online journal, Performances and Events, Sacred Sites Programs, Speakers and Lectures, the Xinachtli Project, and Youth Programs.
KOOP is community radio, giving voice to the underserved in Austin, Texas with unique programming from volunteers. Most of our funding comes from our listeners.
La Fenice is committed to advancing public enjoyment of Commedia dell'Arte through performance, scholarship, and education.
Lannaya African Drum and Dance Ensemble's mission is to expose and educate audiences, near and far, through authentic and progressive interpretations of dance and music of the African Diaspora.
• Weekly West African dance classes.
• Seasonal West African drum/dance master classes, taught by renowned African master artists.
• Benefits for charities, African Diasporic artists in need.
• Community outreach through performance demonstrations.
• “Rhythm and Movement of West Africa,” an arts education program presented annually to 4,000+ K-12 AISD students. Presented multiple times throughout the year in low socio-economic communities along Northeast and Southeast Austin corridors, the program provides positive role models from within the community that students can identify with; and a musical tradition related to the youth's own cultural history in which they can take pride.
• Statewide performances via Texas Commission on the Arts’ Texas Touring Arts program.
• Annual drum/dance performance showcase.
LUPE Arte promotes the literacy and media awareness of youth through arts and culturally relevant arts education. LUPE Arte administers three programs: Niños y Arte (Children and Art), Mujuers y Arte (Women and Art) and LUPE Arte Multi Media Group, a film, theater and television production company.
LEAP inspired under served youth in Austin and surrounding areas through experience with the Arts boosting self-esteem and community involvement while creating successful leaders. We host vists to arts venues and performances and host a week long residency program at UT/Austin each summer to give local kids a"A Taste of College".
Media Arts & Literacy Institute, Inc. (MALI) is a domestic 501(c) 3 corporation, organized to provide economical and environmentally friendly events that produces educational workshops, workforce development and technical assistance about media literacy and media arts production. We use media and communication to reduce stereotypes and cultivate expression that promotes cultural interaction in the arts.
The organization’s primary vision is to promote the production of media making by and for socially and economically diverse community constituents who would otherwise have little or no access to this type of opportunity and who are typically exploited, marginalized and excluded by the mainstream communication outlets. We also want to inform the general public about electronic waste (e-waste), and OUR responsibility as media artist to recycle our waste effectively in order to sustain the environment.
Mexic-Arte Museum’s mission is dedicated to cultural enrichment and education through the presentation and promotion of traditional contemporary Mexican, Latino and Latin American art and culture. Our vision is to educate the people of Texas about the importance of Mexican and Mexican American art and culture that enhances the collective pride of the entire community.
mindPOP is dedicated to expanding creative learning in Austin.
The Mobile Film School is committed to bringing media arts education to underserved communities; create long-term mentoring relationships, pairing students with seasoned industry professionals and educators; and cultivating a unique appreciation of local history and culture using storytelling in film.
MUSIC FOR THE CITY exists to encourage and enable Austin’s artists to give back to the community by partnering with charitable organizations serving our city. We do this by producing benefit albums and concerts that directly benefit charitable organizations serving our city.
The Neill-Cochran House Museum, considered one of Austin’s three most important historic residences, promotes education and architectural preservation through public programming, events, museum days, the Fourth-Grade Curriculum Unit for Austin ISD students and adaptive programs for home-schoolers and scouts.
To bring diverse cultural performances into the Austin schools and to provide a forum for world-class performers and local professionals to share their artistry and to build community by embracing diversity of art forms, traditions and cultures from around the world.
Paper Chairs creates sensorially dynamic theatre combining fractured subjectivity, music, unconventional audience situation, surrealism, labor-intensive mechanics, and heightened movement vocabulary. We favor tour-de-force fusions of various performance styles, music genres and historical periods to excite modern sensibilities and educate by irreverently suggesting past and present cultural connections. The work is outrageous, well-researched, and a little bit dangerous.
Penfold Theatre Company is dedicated to opening and operating a live, professional theatre in north Austin metro. Our mission is to empower artists to create work of the highest caliber and to engage diverse audiences through stories that inspire and impact our community.
ProArts in an incubator of artistic expression representing the African Diaspora and is dedicated to the production of transformational and accessible works for the enrichment of the community.
Punchkin Repertory Theatre is an art and artist-driven theatre company, dedicated to serving its audiences with new, modern, and classic works that enlighten, inspire, challenge, and unify humanity. In its relentless commitment to the art and the company’s mission, Punchkin Repertory Theatre hopes to spark the evolution of the individual and society to create movement towards a more balanced world.
We would like to help establish Austin as a major theatrical center in the state of Texas and make live theatre a more viable form of artistic enrichment in Austin.
To provide information, education, networking activities and opportunities for community service to women (and others!) at all levels of experience in video and film.
Founded in 1938, the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Over 2,000 volunteers, donors, and sponsors serving on numerous committees work to advance the mission of the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo by providing scholarships to deserving Texas youth.
Since 1995, Rude Mechs has created a mercurial slate of original theatrical productions that represents a genre-defying cocktail of big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle. What these works hold in common is the use of play to make performance, the use of theaters as meeting places for audiences and artists, and the use of humor as tool for intellectual investigation. We tour these performances nationally and abroad; maintain The Off Center, a performance venue in Austin for arts groups of every discipline; present nationally recognized artists; and run Grrl Action, a year-round arts mentoring program for teenage girls.
The Russian Speakers Society enriches the Austin artscape by presenting programs with artists whose cultural heritage is Russian or Eastern European. The performances span several disciplines, but most have their base in the music and dance of the West flowing from the works of romantic compositions and ballets of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Established in 1991, Salon Concerts, Inc. fosters the love for chamber music through performances and through its educational outreach program called Chamber Music in Public Schools (CHAMPS). There are four series of chamber music concerts each year, each followed by a reduced program as a Rush Hour concert performed at a public venue such as the Amstrong Community School of Music and the Caver Museum in Austin. CHAMPS provides free weekly coaching by professional musicians to small chamber music ensembles in 13 public schools of the four independent school districts. CHAMPS students frequently perform the openings of Salon Concerts, at community charity events, as well as hospitals, nursing homes, and many other venues.
Salvage Vanguard Theater is a nonprofit community center for the arts committed to fostering a dynamic exchange between visionary artists and audiences. To that end, Salvage Vanguard Theater seeks to combine explosive energy with expert technique, creating forms that defy tradition and define a new American aesthetic.
It is the mission of Second Youth to produce original and established works for family audiences incorporating drama, comedy, musical theatre, puppetry and dance with the highest artistic quality and cultural diversity. Second Youth is dedicated to building long-term relationships with audiences through exceptional production and education.
The Serie Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the fine art of serigraphy – a technique that produces original, hand-pulled prints. The organization offers an Artist in Residence (AIR) program that allows participants to learn the technique and create a limited edition of prints, under the guidance of a Master Printer. Hoping to increase the presence of minorities in the art world, the Serie Project encourages multi-racial participation and two-third of all resident artists are Latino.
A large part of the Serie Project’s mission is to market the prints created by its resident artists. Print sales promote the artists’ careers and support the program’s operational costs. Each edition of prints is priced at minimum so that the organization may offer original artwork to the public at an affordable price.
The Serie Project was founded in 1993 by Austin artist Sam Coronado, and has hosted more than 250 residencies to date.
We are an educational theatre program where college and high school students are joined to form a repertory theatre company to gain "real world" experience under the supervision of professional directors and designers. Students do not pay tuition to be part of SSA. Members are chosen solely on their talent, skill and attitude.
TexARTS brings top professionals from the region and the nation to educate & perform & create for Austin & Capitol Lake Region students & audiences.
TexARTS is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate a thriving arts community by exposing all people to the visual and performing arts. We prepare and promote exceptional young talent to achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders and global citizens. We are recognized throughout the region for our world-class professional theatre and educational programs.
Founded in 1987 by Daniel Johnson, the Texas Early Music Project is dedicated to preserving and advancing the art of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical music through performance, recordings, and educational outreach.
Texas Folklife celebrates and preserves Texas’ unique cultural traditions via performances, exhibits, education programs, community residencies and other projects. Via entertainment and education, we strive to keep these traditions alive for future generations -- and to find that common ground where all of our cultures intersect.
To create collaborative and multidisciplinary theatrical productions bringing together local artists working in a wide array of disciplines to showcase the fruits of their collaboration.
Known for its pioneering spirit, embrace of artistic innovation, and commitment to Texas audiences and artists, Women & Their Work Art Space is a one of a kind statewide non-profit organization. Women & Their Work Art Space showcases exhibitions of contemporary art throughout the year and presents performances, readings, film screenings and educational outreach programs.
Women in Jazz perpetuates vocal traditional jazz through jazz education and concerts.
Yellow Tape Construction Co. furthers the next generation of great, wholly original, definitively American performance aesthetic. At the intersection of dance, theatre, music and performance art, we are creating a new community of artists and patrons ˜ laying a foundation of strength and support through innovative arts programming and fearless new work.