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New Monuments for New Cities: Public Art Exhibition & Programs

Waller Creek Conservancy is proud to present New Monuments for New Cities, the inaugural joint art initiative of the High Line Network. The public art exhibition takes an important look at the role monuments have played in shaping cities and how they successfully speak to or, in some cases, misrepresent the people who live there. The exhibition will be on view at Waller Creek (12th & Red River) from March 2 through May 31, 2019. Waller Creek Conservancy will host a variety of free public programs in conjunction with the exhibition. All events and programs will take place at Symphony Square (1111 Red River Street).

History of Palm School

On the corner of Cesar Chavez and the I-35 frontage road stands the old Palm School building, the current home of the Travis County Health and Human Services and Veteran Services building, but the building is best known as the elementary school that stood in service to the communities of East Austin for 84 years before closing in 1976.

Share your feedback on the future of Palm School via Travis County's online survey - open now!

Ernie Mae Miller and the New Orleans Club

During this Black History Month, we'd like to profile one of many special stories on the history of Symphony Square. Ernest (“Ernie”) Mae Miller (1927–2010) is an Austin music legend who helped to usher in the beginning of Red River Street’s reputation as a live music venue. She became the featured performer at the New Orleans Club where she enjoyed a 15‐year residency. Come listen to her album in Symphony Square at the Opening Celebration of New Monuments on Saturday, March 2!

Heritage Live Oak Finds New Home in Waterloo Park

Thanks to a partnership between the State of Texas, the City of Austin, and Waller Creek Conservancy, a heritage live oak from the State Capitol Complex will be relocated to Waterloo Park in downtown Austin this weekend. Waterloo Park, which is currently under construction, will re-open to the public next year and will serve as an important anchor for the Waller Creek chain of parks.
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