Arts and Culture Board seeks artist proposals

The City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board has issued a call for artist proposals for the new City Hall and Council and Court buildings, located at MLK Jr. and Ninth streets. Three areas have been identified for artwork.

A theme has not been selected for the spaces to allow each artist an opportunity to present their own vision for the spaces.

Areas selected for artwork include the City Hall rotunda, the area above the Municipal Court transaction window, and the Council and Court Building lobby wall.

The call for art includes a $3,000-$5,000 for each award. Proposals are due by midnight September 30. Artists may submit up to two proposals per area. A separate proposal must be submitted for each area.

The artist will be selected by the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board and notified by Oct. 19.

For more information about the project, including submittal requirements, go to arts.georgetown.org.

First Friday mural celebration

The City of Georgetown will celebrate two murals during the First Friday event in July. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. on July 6. Light refreshments will be provided at both murals, and both artists will be on hand to discuss their work until 8 p.m.

The first mural is entitled “Discover Georgetown All Over Again”, located on the east wall of Grape Creek, 101 W. Seventh St. This mural was designed by Sarah Blankenship and completed in 2006 with help from local artists. It depicts icons of Georgetown’s past, including the 1912 Southwestern University homecoming, an 1898 parade on Main Street, and Georgetown’s namesake George Washington Glasscock.

City staff will be on hand to take pictures and capture interviews with people who want to share their memories of the mural. The City must replace the entirety of the plaster on the wall due to the extensive failure of the existing stucco. The mural will be removed beginning the week of July 9. Once the work is complete, the City will host a call for art to install a new mural.

The second mural, entitled “Honoring the Past and Innovating the Future” is the work of artist Mila Sketch. Work is underway on the new mural, located on the west wall of Boomtown Escapes, 215 W. Eighth St. The design was selected by the City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board this spring. It depicts six existing buildings including the Georgetown Palace Theater, the M.B. Lockett building, and Southwestern University’s Cullen Building, as well as imagined futuristic buildings and infrastructure.

To learn more about public art in Georgetown, please visit arts.georgetown.org.

Arts and Culture Board seeks mural proposals

The City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board has issued a call for artist proposals for a 21-by-15-foot mural to be located on the building at 215 W. Eighth St. The mural will be on the side of the building that faces Rock Street.

The goal of the mural is to provide public art that represents the City’s vision of “honoring the past and innovating the future.”

The call for art includes a $3,000 award for the artist and up to $1,500 in material reimbursements. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on April 6. Artists may submit up to two proposals.

The artist will be selected by the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board and the building owner.

For more information about the project, including submittal requirements, go to arts.georgetown.org/call-to-artists-mural-project.

Downtown parking ambassadors to start

Later this month, two downtown parking ambassadors will start working in the downtown parking zone around the Williamson County Courthouse Square. The primary roles for the part-time City of Georgetown employees will be to provide information to residents and visitors on the Square and enforce the three-hour parking ordinance. The downtown parking ambassadors are expected to start by mid-March.

The downtown parking ambassadors will help to direct visitors to free parking lots in the downtown and also provide directions to restaurants, shops, and government offices. Free parking lots are located at 10th and Main streets, Sixth and Main streets, Seventh and Rock streets, Austin Avenue and Fifth Street, Martin Luther King and Eighth streets, and Martin Luther King and Seventh streets. There is a public four-story parking garage at Fourth and Rock streets. The free parking lots and garage do not have a three-hour limit.

The downtown parking ordinance limits on-street parking in the downtown parking zone (see map) to three hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. The three-hour limit does not apply on Saturday or Sunday. A violation of the ordinance can result in a warning followed by a fine of $20 for a second offense, $50 for the third offense, and $100 for a fourth or subsequent offense.

The goal of the three-hour limit for on-street spaces in the downtown zone is to provide for the turnover of these spaces and increase the periodic availability of spaces in the zone throughout the day. The three-hour limit does not apply to disabled parking spaces in the zone. Residents who live in the downtown zone may apply for a residential parking zone permit.

To find out more about events, shops, restaurants, and attractions in downtown Georgetown, go to visit.georgetown.org or arts.georgetown.org or mainstreet.georgetown.org.

Sculpture Tour awards announced

Kite sculptureThe City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board has awarded Austin sculptor Mary Morse the first prize award in the 2017-18 Sculpture Tour, a juried year-long outdoor exhibit in the busy Georgetown Cultural District. Morse won for her piece “Kite,” a bronze piece that depicts a woman on a beach gazing up into the sky.

Second Prize went to Anthony St. James for his piece “Freshwater Cowgirl,” a steel sculpture depicting a swimming mermaid holding a blue butterfly.

The seven other sculptures receiving honorable mentions include:

Cindy Debold, “Imagination”
Peter Mangan, “Blood Brother”
Sun McColgin, “Thor’s Hammer” and “Tanzanian Torpedo”
Dan Pogue, “Mystic Flight”
Jay Schaan, “Ladder Man”
Dave Speer, “Barn Martian”

The board selected these nine sculpture pieces from a total of 41 pieces submitted for consideration by 21 artists. Sculptures will remain on display through October.

Five of the works are installed on Main Street and four are located outside the Ninth Street entrance to the Georgetown Public Library, including “Kite” and “Freshwater Cowgirl.”

For more information, including a map of the sculpture tour and images of the sculptures, visit arts.georgetown.org/art/sculpture-tour.

City selects nine new sculptures for 2017-18 tour

The City has contracted with eight artists to participate in its Sculpture Tour, a juried year-long outdoor exhibit in the Georgetown Cultural District.

The City’s Arts and Culture Board selected the nine 2017-18 Sculpture Tour pieces from 41 pieces submitted for consideration by 21 artists. Sculptures will be installed in early November and will remain on display through October 2018.

The previous group of Sculpture Tour works will be removed by artists by Nov. 1 to make space for the new pieces.

Five of the works will be installed on Main Street, and four will be located outside the Ninth Street entrance of the Georgetown Public Library at 402 W. Eighth St.

Artists along with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department staff will install each piece.

All nine sculptures’ artists will receive a cash prize based on judging that will take place in November by the Arts and Culture Board.

Sculpture Tour artists and their selected works for the next twelve months are:
Cindy Debold, “Imagination”
Peter Mangan, “Blood Brother”
Sun McColgin, “Thor’s Hammer” and “Tanzanian Torpedo”
Mary Morse, “Kite”
Dan Pogue, “Mystic Flight”
Jay Schaan, “Ladder Man”
Dave Speer, “Barn Martian”
Anthony St. James, “Freshwater Cowgirl”

For more information, including a map of the Sculpture Tour, visit arts.georgetown.org/art/sculpture-tour.

Arts and Culture Board seeks grant proposals

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is seeking grant proposals for art, music, theatre, and cultural heritage events or projects happening Dec. 1, 2017-Sept. 30, 2018. Nonprofit organizations, schools, informal arts and culture organizations, and individual artists who are creating public art or an event open to the public are eligible to apply.

Grant proposals must be submitted by midnight, Saturday, Sept. 30.

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:

• Offer free admission
• Include outreach to populations that are traditionally underrepresented
• Have 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 no later than Oct. 31, 2018, with a description of the use of grant funds and copies of event promotion materials

Organizations will be notified by email about funding decisions by October 31, 2017.
More information, including a link to the online form, is available at arts.georgetown.org/grants.

Music on the Square summer concerts start June 9

The Music on the Square summer concerts start on Friday, June 9, on the Courthouse lawn. These free concerts each Friday, with the exception of First Fridays, in June, July and August, start at 6:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, grab dinner-to-go from a local restaurant, and enjoy an evening of great live music.

Here’s the lineup:

  • June 9: Roland Waits & The Wayward Travelers
  • June 16: Jeremy McBee
  • June 23: Tomzap Band
  • June 30: Woundloose
  • July 14: Danny Santos
  • July 21: Strangedazs
  • July 28: Adan Davila
  • Aug. 11: Folkwine Band
  • Aug. 18: Mike Elliott, Elvis Tribute
  • Aug. 25: Mike Hamilton

Concerts are sponsored by the Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau and The Williamson Museum.

During the Music on the Square concerts, public restrooms are available inside the Williamson County Courthouse.

Downtown Parking

Parking for Music on the Square is available at these free public parking lots:

  • 10th and Main streets (City lot)
  • Austin Avenue and Fifth Street south of Monument Café (City lot)
  • Sixth and Rock streets (County lot)
  • Sixth and Main streets (City lot)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. and Eighth streets (City lot)
  • Rock and Fourth streets (County public garage)

For more information, go to the Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau website at VisitGeorgetown.com, or download the free Explore Georgetown, Texas mobile app.

Arts and Culture Board seeks grant proposals

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is seeking grant proposals for art, music, theater and cultural heritage events or projects to take place in Georgetown between Oct. 1 and Nov. 3

Nonprofit organizations, schools, informal arts and culture organizations, and individual artists who are creating public art or an event open to the public are eligible to apply, with the exception of those who were funded in the previous round of grants. The total budget for grants is $10,000. Recent grants have averaged $2,000 apiece.

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:

  • Are free admission
  • Include outreach to populations that are traditionally underrepresented
  • Have 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 no later than Jan. 31, 2018, with a description of the use of grant funds and copies of event promotion materials

Grant proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6. Organizations will be notified by email about funding decisions by June 30.

To submit a grant proposal, visit arts.georgetown.org/call-for-arts-and-culture-grant-proposals-2. If you have questions, contact Lawren Weiss at (512) 930-3551 or lawren.weiss@georgetown.org.

Group hosts tours of historic Shotgun House on Feb. 4 – 5

 

The Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association will host tours of the historic Shotgun House on Feb. 4 – 5 to share the history and commemorate the education and plight of the African American community in Georgetown.

The event, which received grant support from the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board, will include music, re-enactments of desegregation in Georgetown and a history of the Carver School as well as historic reflections and artifacts.

Guided Tours of the house and the re-enactment of the 1963 attempt to integrate schools in Georgetown will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. Guided tours will also be offered from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and souvenirs will also be available.

The City completed repairs to the Shotgun House at 801 West St. in 2016. The house opened as a museum in 2002.