The need for affordable space for is the most urgent concern in across Austin’s arts and creative communities.

Among the steps the city’s Cultural Arts Division is taking is take a census of all the city’s cultural facilities — both public owned such as recreation centers and libraries as well as private spaces, cultural “corridors” and formal or informal neighborhood creative hotspots.

The 134-seat Boyd Vance Theatre is in the city’s Carver Museum and Cultural Center in East Austin.

The city received grants from from the National Endowment of the Arts  and ArtPlace America to kickstart the Cultural Assest Mapping Project (CAMP) which just launched and is intended to gather data to support the Music and Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution

The Cultural Arts urges public participation. Read the official release below. There will be several community meetings in the different council districts around the city.

Already the city has begun mapping cultural assets using this online version.




City of Austin news release:

The City of Austin Economic Development Department is preparing to map the city’s creative and cultural assets in each of the ten City Council districts and is looking to the community to help locate these assets.  The Cultural Asset Mapping Project, or CAMP, will create a city-wide census of its cultural facilities and creative resources to integrate into the City’s planning and economic development processes for use by the City, creative sector, developers, planners, and others.  The project provides data to help with the Music and Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution and Staff’s Stabilization Recommendations to address the growing crisis of affordable space for Austin’s creative community.  Information about CAMP can be found online at

“Austin became a magnet for creativity because of the affordable housing, buildings that were cheap fixer-uppers, and a stimulating creative environment that supported artists and musicians,” said Meghan Wells, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division Manager. “Now that the city’s population and developments have exploded, inexpensive creative space is at a premium or non-existent, and our creatives are being forced to make hard choices or leave altogether.  We need to find ways to preserve and protect our cultural assets and producers before they’re all gone.”

Community meetings in each of the ten districts have been scheduled and the City is encouraging residents to attend and participate in this interactive mapping exercise.  Participants will have an opportunity to review a GIS-based map of the district of easily found cultural resources and add additional location points.  The data collected will serve as baseline information to identify creative sector gaps and “clusters” for future planning and development of economic development strategies.  The city’s partner, GO collaborative, a design and planning firm focused on creative placemaking, community engagement, and master planning, will facilitate the community meetings.  Various organizations and businesses are co-hosting the community mapping exercises.

The City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division (CAD) is undertaking the project to help the city better understand what important places and resources exist to support Austin’s culture and creativity.  CAMP will include these collaborative community mapping exercises, plus an online survey and interactive map, and a series of focused community conversations to create a comprehensive, community-developed listing of Austin’s cultural assets.  With more information on hand, the City of Austin can better position the city’s creative assets to be a vital part of immediate and future planning efforts.

The City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division received funding from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and ArtPlace America to support the development of the community-driven cultural resource maps, district status reports, and associated community and economic development strategies through engaging directly with residents of Austin’s 10 Council Districts. Such cultural economic development work will strengthen Austin neighborhoods, activity centers, and corridors through revealing unique places or nascent areas of creativity that could become locations for neighborhood creativity centers, creative sector incubators, creative corridors/hubs, and cultural districts with a little help, community participation and collaboration, and investment.

CAMP is happening within the larger context of the ten Council Districts, Imagine Austin and Creative Economy Priority Program implementation, CodeNEXT (Austin’s land development code revision), Long-Range CIP Strategic Planning, the Music and Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution and City staff’s Stabilization Recommendations, implementation of other cultural economic strategies by the City of Austin, the Austin creative sector and the larger Austin community.
Upcoming District Community Meetings:

Saturday, August 20, 2016 (District 5)
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Manchaca Road Branch Library
5500 Manchaca Road, Austin 78745

Saturday, August 27, 2016 (District 3)
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Montopolis Rec Center
1200 Montopolis Dr., Austin 78741

Monday, August 29, 2016 (District 8)
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hampton Branch Library
5125 Convict Hill Road, Austin 78749

Saturday, September 10, 2016 (District 7)
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Northwest Rec Center
2913 Northland Drive, Austin 78757

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 (District 4)
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Grant A.M.E. Church
1701 Kramer Lane, Austin 78758

Thursday, September 15, 2016 (District 2)
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Dove Springs Rec Center
5801 Ainez Dr., Austin 78744

Saturday, September 17, 2016 (District 10)
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Old Quarry Branch Library
7051 Village Center Drive, Austin 78731

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 (District 6)
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Spicewood Springs Library
8637 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin 78759

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 (District 1)
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Carver Branch Library
1161 Angelina St., Austin 78702

Saturday, September 24, 2016 (District 9)
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cultural Arts Division Offices / Training Room
201 E. 2nd Street, Austin 78701