• Austin Project

    Austin Project

    Workshops to Inspire Public Art
    By Artist Suzy González for the Austin History Center
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    Austin Public Library Community Events:
    Wednesday, June 12th | 2:00 – 4:00pm | Spicewood Springs Public Library
    Thursday, June 13th, 2024 | 5:30 - 7:30pm | Yarborough Branch Public Library
    Saturday, June 15th | 2:00 – 4:00pm | *Willie Mae Kirk Public Library
    Thursday, June 20th| 10:00am – 12:00pm | Menchaca Road Public Library
    Saturday June 22nd | 2:00 – 4:00pm | Ruiz Branch Public Library
    Wednesday, June 26th | 4:30 - 6:30 | Carver Branch Public Library
    *Willie Mae Kirk Juneteenth Block Party event will be an interactive opportunity for community feedback rather than a workshop.

    Join Suzy González, resident public artist with Austin Art in Public Places at the Austin History Center, for a series of free, public, and all-ages storytelling and art-making workshops in collaboration with Austin History Center representatives.

    Participants are encouraged to bring meaningful family photos to foster creative storytelling through the written word. Prompts will relate to both individual and family heritage, culture, migration, and identity. González’s public artwork will take influence from the migration of people to Austin and how each facet of Austin’s development has been influenced by this multitude of cultures in relationship to the Indigenous peoples and the land. Her goal is to uplift community members by providing a creative platform to share their stories. Family photos from the Austin community will offer inspiration to painted elements of a new public artwork encompassing past and present histories that celebrate the city of Austin and the people that call it home.

    Workshop Agenda:
    • Introduction to the Austin History Center and the importance of archives.
    • Introduction to artist, Suzy González, her previous public artworks, and her vision for the new project.
    • Sharing of family photos that participants have brought.
    • Storytelling Workshop that engages with individual and family histories that ask why, how, and when did you and/or your family arrive to the land that is Austin.
    • Scanning and printing photos and writing for collage-making art workshop and potential inclusion in public art.
    • Collage-making Workshop to create a work of art to take home from scans of photos and writing.
    • Takeaway handouts will be provided instructing workshop attendees how to create altars at home to honor their ancestors with their photos.

    If you can't make an in-person event, you can still participate!
    Just fill out the Online Form here.
    Thanks for being a part of Austin's public art!

    Questions? Email suzy@suzygonzalez.com