Posted Jul 18
A RECAP OF WALLER CREEK CONSERVANCY SPRING EVENTS
Thank you to all who came out to support our 2019 spring programs!
New Monuments for New Cities Opening DayWe kicked off the season alongside our friends at the High Line Network with the opening of New Monuments for New Cities in March. This public art exhibition, on display through July 31, 2019 at the intersection of 12th & Red River, features 25 artworks set within five urban reuse projects across the United States and Canada—Waterloo Park being one of them.
In conjunction with the exhibit, we hosted a variety of free public programs inspired by the overarching themes of permanence, representation, public space, land ownership, and the writing and re-writing of history. Our series of events included artist talks, panel discussions, film screenings presented in partnership with Austin Film Society, and concerts featuring Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy and “Queen of Austin Soul,” Tameca Jones.
Tameca Jones performing at Symphony Square
We also put on a variety of free, family-friendly events throughout June to celebrate Pride and Black Music Month. Our Women in Jazz community salon, presented in partnership with the Austin History Center, honored the works of local jazz musicians, Ernie Mae Miller and Margaret Wright. Later that week, Frida Friday ATX brought their monthly artisan marketplace to Waller Creek and celebrated the LGBTQIA+ community with Puro Pride Pachanga.
The very next day, we hosted our first-ever Rainbow on the Creek community pride festival featuring music, activities, and educational resources, followed by an evening of electrifying entertainment by local drag queens and RuPaul’s Drag Race star, Coco Montrese. Combined, these events drew over 1,500 Austinites to Symphony Square in the span of 4 days.
Rainbow on the Creek Community Pride Festival
Special thanks to Michael Chesser, BBVA, the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, the Susan Vaughan Foundation, and Do512 for your continued support in making these spring events possible.