Affordability.  Of late it’s the chief topic of conversation within Austin’s arts community — as it is across the city as a whole.

For the creative community the chatter is increasingly take shape publicly in a recent burst of forums, presentations and community meetings.

Last week, the Austin Creative Alliance presented the results of its a series of Creative Sector Summits.

Alliance CEO John Riedie presented recommendations that the include the creation of an Austin Creative Trust, a non-profit that could help financially leverage ventures including property acquisition.  Also on the list is the creation of a Red River Creative Enterprise Zone and the creation of more facilities for arts education, specifically one proposed by Austin Chamber Music, Austin Classical Guitar and Conspirare that would include a medium-sized recital hall and a shared music education center.

Riedie also endorsed supporting the East Austin creative community ThinkEast, a private development project already underway and spearheaded in part by Fusebox. Fusebox managing director Brad Carlin announced that the non-profit arts organization was in the progress of securing funds to purchase 4.5 acres of the development on which would be built a performance venue, gallery spaces, multi-use creative space and affordable housing.

Riedie, along with Austin Creative Alliance board member and Big Medium founder Shea Little, penned an editorial in the American-Statesman, “How to turn Austin boom into a bonanza for the arts.”

This week, there’s a joint meeting of the city’s Music Commission and Arts Commissions to discuss staff response to the Mayor Steve Adler’s Music & Creative Sector Omnibus Resolution.

The event is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road.


John Riedie of CEO Austin Creative Alliance. The event was held at the KLRU studios, where for years “Austin City Limits” was taped with its iconic, and now dated, Austin skyline background.