artMEAT is based out of the wonderfully creative city of Austin, TX. One of the reasons why we wanted to start this group in Austin is because of the wealth of talented artists we have come to meet in this cultural haven. Part of the charm of Austin's cultural scene is the variety of performance spaces. People do shows in old warehouses, stores, and office spaces. This has allowed many companies do shows with a lower budget or not charge as much for their tickets. Due to the expansion of this great city and the rising cost of living, many of these wonderful houses are facing pressures to close. Earlier this year, the Salvage Vanguard Theater on the east side of Austin had to close their doors.
In an effort to save as many of these spaces as possible, new groups are forming. The Austin Creative Alliance, the fiscal sponsor for artMEAT, is creating a new organization with the sole mission of saving creative spaces on the east side of Austin. More details about this group will be provided soon.
For those of you who are upset by these closures, we would like to submit a call to action. The Off Center is hosting the Arts Commission for the City of Austin at their space tomorrow night. They are asking local artists and artistic supporters to attend their event on Tuesday, August 2nd from 6-8:30pm at the Off Center. Time will be allotted to have everyone have their voices heard. Even if you do not have anything to add to the conversation, there is strength in numbers. It will be nice for the City of Austin to see how many locals are concerned about this issue. We are so grateful to the Off Center for letting us host two play readings in their space. Please contact us with any questions.
With some hard work and luck, the artistic community in Austin can work together to keep this city weird. Thank you for your support!