We offer programs and enthusiastic support for programs that center on the Black experience in Austin and specifically impact the following: History, Arts, Culture, Heritage, Economic Development and Education.
These programs include but are not limited to:
Preservation Projects and Advocacy, Historic Tours, Art Exhibits, Musical Explorations, Mural Commissions and Consultations, Festivals, and work to mitigate displacement, obstacles and challenges that prevent the organic growth of richness and vibrancy of the Black Cultural Arts District.
Each year, we feature artists, creatives and entrepreneurs that is reflective of the black experience. Our 2020 programming includes:
- Toasts and Topics
- Six Days of Six Square
- Suits and Sneakers
- EAST Studio Tour
- FAMU House
- Masontown Mural
- Overton Mural
- Prmtd: New World Audience
- Catharsis: A Journey Through Anger
- Body Rock- 10th Anniversary
- Urban Music Festival
- University of Texas Department of Diversity and Community Engagement
- The Vortex
Telling our shared history through historic tours of Central East Austin, Six Square tours highlight landmarks of black architecture and design, historic cemeteries, churches, juke joints on the Chitlin’ Circuit, and other significant sites. Six Square tours encapsulate more than 150 years of black life and culture in Austin.
Beyond the Square
Presented by Six Square, this event is where a good old school block party meets the richness and vibrancy of the arts, music, chef inspired brilliance, honoring the rich legacy and cultural contributions of Central Texas’ Black community.
Musical Explorations is one of Six Square’s creative placekeeping activities that honors the rich musical legacy that developed in Central East Austin. Held each summer, it is a showcase for emerging and established artists of various black musical traditions including: Blues, Jazz, R&B, Neo-Soul, and Hip-Hop.
Chicon Mural Reveal
Community celebration to reveal the “We Rise” mural by Chris Rogers, located at 12th and Chicon Street. Food and sweets were provided by Rolling Rooster, Easley’s BBQ, and other local vendors.
Preserving people, places and things. Our preservation efforts help to reanimate public spaces and ensure that cultural assets remain and include the Black narrative, ensuring that Austin’s narrative is complete, and reflective of the diverse components that make it unique.