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Austin Studio Tour
November 13, 2020

Austin Studio Tour

This year, Big Medium is combining both the East and West Austin Studio Tours into one free, self-guided art event—the Austin Studio Tour 2020. The event, which takes place November 14 – 22, provides unique opportunities for the public to experience art in creative virtual ways and socially distanced outdoor spaces. 
As part of our fellowship with Big Medium, we’re excited to announce the Creative Action Mural Tour as part of the larger tour. Included in this portion of the tour is an audio component for three of the murals, which you can listen to below. 
SEEDS OF COMMUNITY   //   Artist: Color Squad
1203 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Funmi depicts her early life in Austin through anecdote and research while highlighting what it really means to merge art and activism.

This mural, or rather series of murals, was created in recognition and acknowledgment of the LGBTQIA+ community both in Austin, and beyond. Throughout the year, the Color Squad teens were in communication with a number of local organizations that focus on the complexities of the LGBTQIA+ experience. This included workshops with the Gender and Sexuality Center at Ut Austin, Qwell, a halloween bash with OutYouth, and visits from Kind Clinic, among other groups. The mural itself was created in collaboration with local LGBTQIA+ Austinites, Color Squad youth among them. The portraits depict our community’s stories of resilience, self-discovery, growth, and love.

LA COLECTIVIDAD   //   Artist: Mylo Mendez and Color Squad

Native Hostel, 807 E. 4th St., Austin, TX 78702

Created by YCC student Theo Roe, this audio piece embraces the mural's themes of sustainability and community solidarity. Animals and birds mesh with the sounds of the city and the voices of those fighting for a better future. The piece cycles through an entire day, envisioning the stories that this mural will witness.

This public art project is presented by Creative Action, an Austin-based arts education non-profit organization, in partnership with Facebook Open Arts. The mural was created by lead artist Mylo Mendez in conversation with members of Color Squad, a collective of teenage artists who design and implement public art around issues of sustainability, community, and equity. Mylo Mendez makes illustrations influenced by Mexican folk art, Mayan and Aztec design, and the color palettes of the Southwestern United States as a means of exploring their identity. By connecting to the past through artmaking and design, Mendez investigates contemporary Mexican American experience and its relationship to heritage, family, and politics.

Facebook Open Arts exists to create community through the common language of creativity, which enables us to transcend boundaries and celebrate our differences. As a company dedicated to bringing people closer together, Facebook recognizes that creativity is essential to our collective wellbeing. Within our walls and around the globe, Facebook Open Arts cultivates creative engagements that offer new ways of thinking about ourselves, our communities, and the world at large.

GROUNDWORK   //   Artist: Color Squad
Capital Metropolitan Transportation, 2910 E. 5th St., Austin, TX 78702

DeAndra Hardeman is a Bus Operator for Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin, TX. DeAndra talks about growing up near Givens Park in East Austin, her garden, and the connections she has with work and the community. This piece was created as part of a partnership between Creative Action and Cap Metro.

This mural is meant to remind us that public transportation plays a critical role not only in equity for our community to move about the city, but in the sustainability of our planet as well. Native Austin plants flourish in the windows of the city bus as a symbol of the way that sustainable transportation is a crucial part of our healthy ecosystem.

MAMA JUSTICE   //   Artist: Tyson Davis
Creative Action, 1023 Springdale Rd, Bldg 3, Austin, TX 78721

It is too often words are spoken without action. Silence can enable a riveting force. For the words combined with action, equals justice.

Balanced within the scales are morals and duty. Something for all, and means nothing without the entirety of society.

Black Lives Matter
Tax Cuts vs Poverty
A high rise mortgage
Or groceries and a one bedroom
A mask is not a political statement.

Breonna Taylor deserves Justice.

A poem by Tyson @artbyone1 Davis

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