Arts and Culture Board seeks grant proposals for projects, events

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is seeking grant proposals for art, music, theater, dance, and cultural heritage events or projects to take place in Georgetown between April and September 2021. The call for grant proposals are due Dec. 31.

Nonprofit organizations, schools, and informal arts and culture organizations who are creating public art, arts and culture programming, or an event open to the public are eligible to apply. Organizations that received grant funding in the previous grant cycle are not eligible to apply. Grants awarded last year averaged $1,000 apiece.

Due to the continued obstacles to holding events because of the pandemic, the grants will also include funding options for organizational development such as strategic planning, board training, and professional development that will help fulfill the mission of the organization.

Proposals should include:

  • Contact information for someone who is readily available to answer questions about the proposal
  • Purpose and description of the event or project
  • Amount being requested and total budget, including other anticipated funding sources
  • Date, location, admission charge, and anticipated attendance
  • Size and demographic makeup of past audiences or participants

Special consideration will be given for events or projects that meet one or more of these criteria:

  • Free admission
  • Outreach to populations that are traditionally underrepresented
  • A cultural tourism or economic impact

Organizations or individuals that receive funding will be required to follow up by:

  • Recognizing the City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board in their advertising and programs
  • Submitting a one-page report to the Arts and Culture Board with a description of the use of grant funds and copies of event promotion materials

Grant proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31. Organizations will be notified by email about funding decisions in January.

To submit a grant proposal and get more information about the grant program and requirements, visit If you have questions, contact Amanda Still at 512-930-8471 or

2020-21 Sculpture Tour awards announced

The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board has awarded John Mark Luke the first prize award in the 2020-21 Sculpture Tour, a juried year-long outdoor exhibit in the historic downtown Georgetown Cultural District. Luke won for his piece “Interaction of Thought V,” a piece created from laminated wood, clear fiberglass and resin, steel rebar, and a semi-truck brake drum. The sculpture is located on Main Street near its intersection with Eighth Street.

Second prize went to Marla Ripperda for “Uncommon Egret” crafted from two-part epoxy clay over expanded metal lath. This piece is located on Eighth Street near the corner of Main Street.

The other sculptures accepted into the tour include:

“Butterfly” by Mary Angers
“Golden Hugs” by Marianne Caroselli
“Zenith” by Scy Caroselli
“And He Was Sad” (Eeyore) by Bob Coffee
“Ventura” by Humberto DeGarrio
“Paths We Choose” by Anthony St. James
“Great Bird” by Peter Mangan
“Letting Go” by Peter Mangan
“Twist” by Peter Mangan
“Moment of Reflection” by Dan Pogue
“Luminous Beings Are We” by Kirk Seese
“Pluma Sculptura”, aka The Feather by Kirk Seese
“Tree Branches” by Kirk Seese
“Nine” by Scott Shubin
“Sunburst” by Scott Shubin
“The Optimist” by Linda Wilde

The board selected these 18 sculptures from a total of 33 pieces submitted for consideration by 22 artists. All sculptures will remain on exhibit through October 2021.

For more information, including a map of the sculpture tour and images of the sculptures, visit

Holiday closings for City facilities and services

City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed Thursday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. City offices also will be closed on Friday, Jan. 1, in observance of the New Year’s holiday. This includes the following:

  • Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive
  • City Hall, 808 Martin Luther King Jr. St.
  • Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave.
  • Municipal Court, 510 W. Ninth St.
  • Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College St.
  • Planning Department, 809 Martin Luther King Jr. St.
  • Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.
  • Public Safety Operations and Training Center, Police Records and Fire Support Services offices, 3500 D.B. Wood Road

City of Georgetown facilities with weekend or evening hours will observe these closures:

  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive: closed Dec. 25, closed Jan. 1
  • Garey Park, 6450 RM 2243: closed Dec. 24-25
  • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.: closed Dec. 24-25, open Dec. 31 (closing at 6 p.m.), closed Jan. 1
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive: closed Dec. 24-25, open Dec. 31 (closing at 6 p.m.) closed Jan. 1
  • Transfer Station, 250 W.L. Walden Drive: will close at noon Dec. 24 and is closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
  • Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St.: Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 24; closed Dec. 25, open Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1

GoGeo bus service

There will be no service Thursday, Dec. 24, Friday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Jan. 1.

Solid Waste and Recycling Collection

The holidays will affect solid waste and recycling pickups. Texas Disposal Systems will not collect solid waste and recycling on Friday, Dec. 25, or Friday, Jan. 1. For both holidays, Friday collection will slide to Saturday. To look up your collection day and to determine how the holidays will affect your collection, visit

For questions about solid waste and recycling collection, call TDS at 512-930-1715.




Public input sought for Design Guidelines update

The City has begun updating the Downtown and Old Town Overlay Design Guidelines, which provide guidance for building and signage in the historic districts.

As part of the update process, the Planning Department will host a virtual open house from 3-4 p.m. Dec. 16 on Zoom and Facebook Live. A survey will also be available to collect public feedback on the update Dec. 16-30.

The updates to the guidelines include allowable materials, commercial signage, demolitions, and residential infill, and follow changes made by City Council in 2019 to the Certificate of Appropriateness requirements. The design guidelines were last updated in 2012.

“Most of the buildings on the Square are more than 100 years old, and while things change over time, we want to manage that change, so we can continue to enjoy the historic charm into the future,” Downtown and Historic Planner Britin Bostick said. “While the guidelines primarily affect property and business owners in the historic district, the way our historic districts look and feel is something we all love about Georgetown. Through this process, we want to learn what residents think it looks like to protect that historic character.”

During the Dec. 16 town hall, participants will get an overview of the project, as well as a chance to provide their opinion on what is working and what changes they recommend for the update.

The update is expected to be completed in summer 2021.

Current design guidelines, as well as information about the update and links to virtual meetings, are available online at

For more information, contact the Downtown & Historic Planner by calling 512-930-3581 or emailing, or call the Planning Department at 512-930-3575.

Healing Arts for Veterans program supports service members in November

The City of Georgetown arts and culture program teamed up with Resilient Me: Community Based Resiliency Programs, Austin Classical Guitar, country music artist Wynn Williams, Wag Heaven, and artists Jay Rivera and J. Muzacz throughout the month of November to honor veterans through the arts.

The Healing Arts for Veterans program provides arts components to the Rotary Club of Georgetown’s 2020 Field of Honor that included healing and outreach to veterans, military service-members, and first responders through music, visual art, and community engagement in a public art mural.

The program was created by the City’s arts and culture program to help raise awareness of the physical and mental health issues faced by veterans, service members, and first responders.

The Healing Arts for Veterans music program, “Storytelling Through Music,” worked with veterans William Childress, Bobby Withrow, and John Hill to adapt their stories into lyrics. Those lyrics were set to music by musicians from Austin Classical Guitar and country music singer Wynn Williams.

The songs were performed online by musician John Churchill and in a small, private performance Nov. 7 with Wynn Williams at Cimarron Hills Country Club. Videos of the performances are available at

Artists Rivera and Muzacz helped round out the program with the completion of the public art mural at Wag Heaven, 205 W. Sixth St., Ste. 115, in downtown Georgetown. The mural is a service-dog themed design honoring K-9 service heroes, as well as commemorating the Field of Honor, and war dog hero Nemo A534. The mural was installed during the week of Veterans Day, and members of the community helped complete the artwork on Veterans Day. Rivera is also a veteran who served 18 years in the military.

Healing Arts for Veterans Program was supported through grant funding from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a sponsorship from Wag Heaven.

To learn more about the program, visit

City holiday string lights recycling available through Jan. 31

Nov. 30, 2020—The City of Georgetown has partnered with Texas Disposal Systems to offer free holiday string-light recycling to all Georgetown residents.

Residents can drop off their old or broken string lights through Jan. 31 at one of three collection stations:

  • City of Georgetown Collection and Transfer Station, 250 W.L. Walden Road
  • Georgetown Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave.
  • Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.

Sun City residents may also drop off old or broken string lights at the Cowan Creek Pavilion, 1433 Cool Spring Way, in Sun City.

The program is limited to string lights. Lights must be taken to a collection station and cannot be placed in residential or commercial recycling bins because they will damage the sorting machines at the recycling center. Yard art, inflatables, and other holiday lighting will not be collected.

Georgetown was the first city in Central Texas to offer this service when the program launched in December 2017. Last year residents recycled more than 3,440 pounds of Christmas lights.

Protect your pipes, pets, and plants this winter

Nov. 30, 2020—Temperatures are forecasted to dip below freezing tonight in Georgetown. In Central Texas, overnight temperatures can drop below freezing throughout the winter months. Here are ways to keep your pipes, pets, and plants from freezing.

Pets, such as cats and dogs, need access to shelter to protect them from cool temperatures and winds, and an unfrozen water source. Outdoor pets may also need additional caloric intake to help them maintain their body heat.

Plants in containers are more susceptible to freezing temperatures because they lack the insulation the earth naturally provides. Move container plants inside where temperatures will stay above freezing, or put them on the south side of the house, water them and pile on mulch, leaves and hay to protect the roots, and/or cover them with a frost blanket.

Pipes can freeze and burst in lower temperatures. Be sure to protect outdoor water spigots with faucet covers and use foam pipe insulation on outdoor pipes. Above-ground irrigation backflow devices can also freeze, so remember to wrap or insulate them, and turn off backflow water valves and irrigation system controllers to reduce the freeze potential. To protect your indoor pipes, let hot and cold water trickle from an indoor faucet.

For more information, visit

Shop Small Business Saturday and support local businesses

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Shoppers are invited to Shop Small, Shop Local with local merchants during the annual Small Business Saturday event on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Celebrate the season and support a small business by shopping local this holiday season. Participating retailers and restaurants will have specials available just in time to kick-off the holiday season.

Join the Shop Small game and earn points to win prizes by downloading Eventzee in the app store. To join the event in the app, use event name: Shop Small GTX and join code: Shop Small.

The annual Small Business Saturday event is sponsored by the Georgetown Main Street Program, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Georgetown Association.

Due to rising COVID-19 case numbers in Williamson County, masks or face coverings are required and participants should maintain physical distancing from others not in their household. Good hand hygiene is also encouraged. Find out more at

Thanksgiving holiday City facility closings

City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. There is no solid waste or recycling collection on Thanksgiving Day (details below).

City facilities and offices closed Nov. 26-27 include the following:

  • Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive
  • City Hall, 808 Martin Luther King Jr. St.
  • Economic Development, 808 Martin Luther King Jr. St.
  • Library, 402 W. Eighth St.
  • Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave.
  • Municipal Court, 510 W. Ninth St.
  • Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College St.
  • Planning, 809 Martin Luther King Jr. St.
  • Public Safety Operations and Training Center, Police Records and Fire Support Services offices, 3500 D.B. Wood Road
  • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive

Other Facility Closures

The facilities listed below will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, and open these hours on Friday, Nov. 27:

  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Garey Park, 6450 RM 2243, open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Transfer Station, 250 W. L. Walden Drive, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St., open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Georgetown Public Library will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and reopen for curbside service from 10 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28.

GoGeo bus service

There will be no GoGeo bus service on Thursday, Nov. 26, Friday, Nov. 27, or Saturday, Nov. 28. Buses will resume normal operation on Monday, Nov. 30.

Solid Waste & Recycling

There will be no trash or recycling pickup for Texas Disposal Systems customers in the City of Georgetown on Thursday, Nov. 26. Solid waste collection for Thursday and Friday slides one day:

  • Thursday slides to Friday
  • Friday slides to Saturday

Solid waste and recycling carts should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on pickup day. For questions, call TDS at (512) 930-1715.

The Transfer Station at 250 W. L. Walden Drive will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Day), but open regular hours, which are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 27.

District 2 runoff election called, Mayor Schroeder and Jonrowe sworn in

Nov. 17, 2020—City Council passed a resolution during Tuesday’s special meeting to call a runoff election for District 2. Shawn Hood and Lisa King, who won the most votes in the Nov. 3 election, are the candidates in the runoff.

Early voting dates for the runoff election are Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 7-11. Election Day is Dec. 15. The early voting location is Georgetown City Hall, 808 Martin Luther King Jr. St.

Also during the meeting, Josh Schroeder was sworn in as mayor and Rachael Jonrowe was sworn in for a fourth term as District 6 representative.

Council members also expressed their appreciation to Dale Ross for his 6.5 years as mayor and three years as a council member, as well as to Valerie Nicholson for three years as representative for District 2.