Who: Selected photographer's images that have been featured in prior Facing East Exhibitions
Where: East Austin
New East Art Gallery
1601 East 5th Street; Suite 106
When: Runs Sept 29-Oct 22, Tues-Friday, 12noon to 6pm
Opening Reception: Sept. 29th @ 7:00PM
DiverseArts Culture Works’ New East Gallery is looking for photography and film/video entries to be exhibited in “Facing East: 48 Hours in the life of East Austin,” an annual documentation of Central East Austin’s culture-rich community that reflects diverse views of rapidly changing – or unchanged – aspects of East Austin as seen through the eyes of various artists. Images are to reflect the identity of East Austin.
“Facing East” is part of founder Harold McMillan’s larger mission for the Austin Blues Family Tree Project and the East Austin Black History Project. The Blues Family Tree Project is a living record of Austin musicians and artists’ oral histories and performances created in an effort to address the large-scale scarcity of collected archival materials that document the pre-integration Austin Black Music Community. The East Austin Black History Project expands this mission to include documentation of the personal lives, neighborhoods, businesses and institutions found east of IH-35.
In December 2007, the Austin City Council designated Central East Austin an "African American Cultural Heritage District." "Facing East" serves dual purposes: to further the development and appreciation of this cultural heritage district and to document East Austin's vibrant cultural community through the creative lenses of Austin's resident artists.