Artist Residency Program called "Village of the Arts" to launch —
September 22, 2020

Artist Residency Program called “Village of the Arts” to launch

Village of the Arts

MINDPOP, Austin ISD and the City of Austin Department of Economic Development, Cultural Arts Division, announce “Village of the Arts,” a new initiative that provides local artists and arts organizations with studio space at select public schools in exchange for their service to students and families. The program will be officially launched and celebrated on September 6 at 5 p.m. at Cunningham Elementary. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are thrilled to begin this partnership with MINDPOP, the City and local artists,” Cunningham Principal Heather Petruzzini said. “Cunningham is a diverse community school and we know that this relationship will lead to greater outcomes for students, staff, and family.”

Comprised of four annex classrooms on Cunningham’s campus, the Village of the Arts hosts five artists in residence who pursue their own artistic endeavors while providing unique arts-learning opportunities for area students and their families. Local arts organizations Bibliographia, Teatro Vivo, Theatre Heroes, Paramount Story Wranglers, and Pollyanna Theatre Company have been selected for the program’s inaugural year.

“The Village of the Arts represents the kind of collaborative innovation that is needed to address Austin’s affordable creative space crisis,” added Meghan Wells, manager of the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division. “We are pleased to partner with MINDPOP and AISD on this program that will certainly enrich the lives of local artists and students alike.”

In addition to providing much-needed space for local creatives, the Village of the Arts also introduces arts into areas of Austin that present the opportunity for more cultural programming. The program underscores MINDPOP’s commitment to providing students across Austin with access to the transformative power of arts and culture.

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