The History, Arts and Nature programs of Austin's Parks and Recreation Department give voice to Austin's imagination, abundant nature and colorful past. Visit our museums, cultural centers, art markets, nature centers and outdoor theater for a memorable glimpse of what makes Austin unique.
HEART, RAIN, & WHIMSY January 3 - 30, 9 - 4 PM
‘Heart, Rain, and Whimsy’ exhibits the work of Lesley Bradstreet, E.M. Sutherland and Michelle Martinez.
Opening Reception is January 4, 5-7 PM. The Old Bakery and Emporium EXHIBIT
SATURDAY MORNING DRAWING SALON SERIES January 5, 12, 19, 26FREE
Come draw from Elisabet Ney’s sculptural works in her own historic artist studio! Each session will be professionally hosted, and all of the required materials will be provided. Open to any age or level of experience. 10 AM - 12 PM Elisabet Ney Museum EVENT
DESPITE IT ALL - DAVE MCCLINTON January 11 - February 9
McClinton’s digital collages illustrate the inner life of a black person, from innocent to informed, and how the weight of American history can either crush or harden a person.
Reception: January 11, 6 - 8 PM; Artist Talk: January 23, 7 PM
NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS Dougherty Arts Center EXHIBIT
DATE NIGHT @ THE DAC: ZINE MEET January 16, 7 - 9 PMFREE
Calling all Zine makers, buyers, collectors and connoisseurs! Mix and mingle with like minded folk, create new works and indulge in all things independently press worthy. Dougherty Arts Center EVENT
WOMEN OF FLATBED January 17 - April 28
12 Noon - 5 PM, Wed - Sun
This exhibition contains select works by leading female figures of the past and future of Austin’s venerable Flatbed Press. Part of PRINT AUSTIN, a month-long celebration of Austin’s print scene.
Reception January 17, 6:30 - 8:30 PM Elisabet Ney Museum EXHIBIT
LET THE COLORS SPEAK January 18 - March 30, 6 - 8 PM
Artists Rashmi Thakur and Supriya Kharod, both born in India and proud Austinites now, draw inspiration from the two communities they love and depict the colorful traditions, vibrant life, and diverse culture found in each.
Reception January 19, 6 - 8 PM
NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS Asian American Resource Center EXHIBIT
TEATRO VIVO PRESENTS: SIN FRONTERAS FESTIVAL (THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCE) January 22 - 27, 7:30 - 9 PM
This film festival gathers artists, scholars, and educators to experience theatre and consider the needs and capacities of Latinx audiences of the future. Five TYA (Theater for Young Audience) plays from the USA and Latin America will be featured. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center PERFORMANCE
“POR FIN” BY CAT QUINTANILLA January 25 - March 23
The artist uses universal forms found in nature with abstract, yet hauntingly familiar, icons from generations past. Sculptures are about wonder and exist to bring the spirit of discovery to those that they meet. With stone sculpture, as with life, it’swhat you leave behind that counts.
NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center EXHIBIT
WOMEN OF FLATBED: A RETROSPECTIVE January 26, 2 - 3 PM
Artists featured in the exhibition Women of Flatbed: A Retrospective talk about their art, their experiences as printmakers in Austin, and the effect that Flatbed Press has had on their careers. Elisabet Ney Museum EVENT
CURLILOCKS AND THE SLEEPY GIANT BOOK January 26, 11:00 AM -12:30 PM FREE
Children’s book author Yolanda King will read and sign “Curlilocks and the Sleepy Giant& Reading, book signing, crafts and more! To RSVP, call (512) 974-4926. George Washington Carver Museum EVENT
CINE DE ORO, SENIOR FILM AND FREE LUNCH January 29, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
The Cine de Oro series brings Mexico’s Golden Age of Cinema to seniors throughout Austin. These films include the inspiration of Cantinflas, Pedro Infante and Dolores del Rio, just to name a few. Cine de Oro; is held at the MACC on the last Tuesday of each month Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center FILM
OPEN MIC NIGHT January 29, 7 - 9 PM FREE
Bring your voice, poetry, beats, moves, jokes, ribbon dancing and skating poodles! Show off what you are made of or sit back and enjoy the entertainment as fellow Austinites take the stage. Dougherty Arts Center EVENT