We offer programs that center the Black experience in Austin.
These programs include:
Six Square’s Gallery, Historic Tours, Emerging Artists, The District Cultural Arts Festival, Musical Explorations,& numerous Preservation projects.
Find out more info about each one below!
Each quarter, we feature Black Artists and Artwork expressing the Black experience in our Gallery. This year our exhibits included:
- The Black Woman in Art: A Renewed Purpose
- Black Behind the Lens
- In Living Color: The Intersection of Art, Civil Rights, and Pop Culture
We provide monthly Tours of the District, which are an opportunity to learn about the rich history of Black life in Central East Austin. Sites visited include Huston-Tillotson University, The George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, The Victory Grill, Texas State Cemetery, the home of former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and many more.
In collaboration with A Glimmer of Hope Austin, this is a program for young adults ages 18 -25 who are interested in developing or enhancing their musical or photo-journalism skills. Participants will learn from experienced, professional artists, musicians and writers who will mentor and work with participants in developing their skills and connect them with paid opportunities for related work.
Presented by Six Square, the District Cultural Arts Fest is an exciting celebration that honors the rich legacy and cultural contributions of Central Texas’ Black community. From African drumming & dancing to engaging theatrical performances, across five sites, Six Square will reanimate and provide a new context to the location’s history as well as provide a curated menu of unlimited food and adult beverages.Festivities culminated at our sixth and final site, the historic Huston-Tillotson University, with musical performances from international, national and local acts inspired from Africa and the African Diaspora.
Six Square’s summer music series was held on every second Tuesday of the month from June-August. Each showcase featured young, emerging artists from 3 different genres- Blues and Jazz, R&B and 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.