THE DISTRICT CULTURAL ARTS FEST
September 1, 2018 in Austin, Texas across multiple venues
Presented by Six Square, the District Cultural Arts Fest is an exciting celebration that honors the rich legacy and cultural contributions of Central Texas’ Black community. On September 1, 2018, join Six Square — Austin’s Black Cultural District as they continue creating a nexus of thriving Black arts and culture in East Austin.
Visual artists, musicians, poets, dancers, chefs and more will reanimate six sites of historical significance in The District, including: Oakwood Cemetery, the Carver Museum, Doris Miller Auditorium, Six Square’s headquarters and Huston-Tillotson University. The daytime portion of the festival will feature installations across five sites, and attendees will have the option to take guided or virtual tours of The District. From interactive storytelling to engaging theatrical performances, each site’s events will provide a new context to the location’s history and a curated menu of unlimited food and adult beverages provided by Wines of Dotson Cervantes.
Festivities will culminate at our sixth and final site, the historic Huston-Tillotson University, with musical performances from international, national and local acts inspired from Africa and the African Diaspora. Food and retail vendors are welcomed.
Tickets are now available. Details* on each site’s events, logistics and registration information can be found below. *The festival’s music showcase lineup will be released on June 14, 2018. The festival’s retail and food vendor lineup will be released on June 28, 2018.
— THE FESTIVAL’S EVENTS —
TOURS — SIX SQUARE HEADQUARTERS (2:30 and 4:30 PM)
Registration for The District Cultural Arts Fest and tours of Six Square begin at the Six Square headquarters. Virtual tours can be taken throughout the day, using Six Square’s new virtual tour app. (This app is free and open to all; click here to use it now: https://explore.vamonde.com/adventure/six_square_walking_tour/5/349
) Guided bus tours, conducted by Harrison Eppright of Visit Austin, will begin at 2:30 PM and 4:30 PM on September 1, 2018. Registration for bus tours can be found below in the “Get Tickets” section. Seats are limited.
INTERACTIVE INSTALLATIONS — SITES 1 THROUGH 5 (2 PM TO 5:30 PM)
Daytime events will be held at Sites 1 through 5; attendees can select two sites to visit. Site 6, Huston-Tillotson University, will be open to festival attendees from 5 PM to 10 PM. It can be attended in conjunction with Sites 1 through 5 or individually.
Site 1 — Doris Miller Auditorium
This site will feature oral storytelling, archiving and historic exhibitions of families’ stories in Austin. Attendees are encouraged to submit their family stories and share personal archives and photos. (You can submit stories prior to the event in the survey that accompanies your ticket.)
Site 2 — George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
The drumbeat of the black community, the Carver Museum, will be transformed with performances of African dance and drumming from troupes across Central Texas.
Site 3 — Oakwood Cemetery
Animated by Spectrum Theatre, Austin’s oldest city-owned cemetery will come to life for one day. Spectrum Theatre creates professional productions that promote artistic excellence through thought-provoking stories of the human condition as seen through the spectrum of the African American experience. Click here for more information.
Site 4 — Six Square Headquarters
On top of serving as the headquarters for festival registration and Six Square tours, the Six Square HQ will host spoken word performances and poets throughout the day.
Site 5 — Secret Location
An interactive public art installation (artist to be announced) will be revealed.
SITE 6 MUSIC SHOWCASE — HUSTON-TILLOTSON UNIVERSITY (5 PM to 10 PM)
Featuring six multi-genre acts, the daytime events will close with a music festival and exhibition of food and retail vendors at Huston-Tillotson University, Austin’s first college. Click here to learn more information about becoming a vendor: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdVUMzZ_Cnp1i5x6MhmDvbvXjoUVhO3htGEUtaS5jOxXrUJuA/viewform
— FEATURED PERFORMERS AND EXHIBITORS —
The festival’s lineup of performing artists and musical guests will be released on June 14, 2018. Our retail and food vendors will be announced on June 28, 2018. Mark your calendar and stay tuned at @sixsquareatx on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
— GET TICKETS —
Ticket prices can be found below. Purchase your tickets here: https://eventbrite.com/e/the-district-cultural-arts-fest-2018-tickets-46865644404
$15 — Access to Site 6, plus a virtual tour
$50 — Access to Sites 1 through 6, plus a virtual tour and unlimited food and drink
$65 — Access to Sites 1 through 6, plus a guided bus tour, plus unlimited food and drink
— MEET THE PRODUCERS —
About Six Square — Austin’s Black Cultural District: The District is six square miles of historic and culturally significant sites that we are preserving for future generations. We are creating an incubation space where art and culture can be celebrated and enjoyed and brought to the limelight, not just for the community who lives here, but for all of Austin and Austin’s visitors. Six Square is the nexus of thriving Black arts and culture in Central East Austin. We re-animate cultural spaces, connect community, and honor the past, present, and future of Austin’s Black Cultural District. We envision a vibrant future for the District that grows from the rich legacy and cultural contributions of Austin's Black community. We preserve and celebrate the rich cultural legacy of African Americans with a specific focus on blacks of Central East Austin. We accomplish our work with relevant programming in Cultural Arts, Education, Economic Development and Preservation. The name Six Square is descriptive of the six square miles of the old “Negro District” in Central East Austin, that was created by the City’s 1928 Master plan, designed to address the “Negro Problem.” The goal was to keep the races from mixing. Black residents who refused to move to this area risked being denied basic city services such as water, electricity, or proper roads. Learn more at sixsquare.org