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July 20, 2018




The Awesome Austin Art Affair is an interactive, multidimensional experience where artists and the Austin community can engage in beauty and peace.   It is an opportunity for people to come together in creation and celebration of culture while also developing social capital.


Taking place on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 10:30am to 5:00pm at West End and Mayfield, the Awesome Austin Art Affair will increase visibility, participation, relevance, and support for the arts and culture in Austin. Participants of all ages and skill levels can explore creativity and culture.




The Pop-Up Art Gallery, located in the featured artist tents, will feature the works of several local Austin artists, Among them is Shirley Hudson, Joe Hardy, Demetrius  and Alderman Chris Taliaferro.

Shirley Hudson, a self-taught artist, is inspired by the colors of nature and faces, leading her to create abstract and figurative paintings. She writes that painting is an essential element of self-discovery along with her poetry. She has been featured at art shows and in literature around the country, including Oak Park and other Midwestern cities. Read more in this feature article in the Austin Weekly.http://www.austinweeklynews.com/News/Articles/10-24-2007/Hudson-paints-her-way-out-of-life’s-hardships/?utm_source=EmailShare&utm_medium=EmailShare&utm_campaign=EmailShare

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Joe Hardy, a self-taught artist, works in stainless steel. He creates abstract sculptures. Demetrius specializes in re-creating ancient artifacts. The Alderman of the 29thWard, Chris Taliaferro, who is also an artist, is creating a piece just for this event.





The Art Fair segment, taking place on 5900 Block of W West End between Mason and Mayfield  just one block South of Third Unitarian Church 301 N. Mayfield, will feature the work of young as well as established artists. Artists can exhibit for free. Attendees can view and purchase art that speaks to them.


Some of the artists create socially engaged art with an awareness of the social, cultural and political context of the community. Their art has the capacity to inform, challenge, transport and connect us.



In addition to selling their work, several of the artists will conduct demonstrations that will help connect artists more deeply with the community. Participants can take a class led by an artist and take home something tangible from the event, creating a more lasting impression.


The schedule includes, but is not limited to, the creation of mobiles, fabric art, and anti-violence yard signs. One class will allow participants to create their names in Egyptian symbols.



Acting together on creating art, a common goal, can make a great difference in the health and well-being of the community. It can provide a sense of connectedness, which counters feelings of alienation. Engaging creativity can be a powerful healing experience, aiding in mental and emotional well-being.


Participants of all skill levels will be invited to add their input to a large, scale original piece of art. Artist Shirley Hudson will prepare the framework for this creative, community building collaboration.



We are providing a space in an actual garden where participants can learn new coping skills. A yoga instructor will lead stretching and meditation classes during the day in the garden. Chair massage minutes will be made available through purchase or as incentives or raffle prizes.



Participants will be led in a peace dance by Dancemakers are Peacemakers, another Safe and Peaceful Communities grant recipient. This class will provide a platform for participants to develop self-confidence, relationship skills and social awareness through a group dance activity. Participants will learn a collaborative circular dance form will be based on culturally relevant dance patterns from popular urban social dances of the past and present.


The Awesome Austin Art Affair was developed by Redevelopment Management Resources, Inc., an not-for-profit organization based in Austin. The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities provided funding.  Support has been provided by Austin Coming Together.

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