Take Transit To Take In Some Art

Capital Metro has a way for you to experience Austin’s art scene—by transit! This is a great opportunity to see a contemporary art exhibition, meet artists, try transit and sightsee at a fun, leisurely pace. Drawing Lines Site

10 Districts. 10 Projects. 1 City.

The immersive exhibition, Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place, brings together 10 commissioned place-specific public art projects for the first time under one roof. The specially-created art reflects Austin’s new 10-1 political structure, each district’s dynamic cultural life and thus, the city.

Capturing this historic moment in Austin’s evolution through the artists’ year-long residencies, the exhibition provides a snapshot of the first year of the new council structure and the newly drawn geographic communities it is charged to represent.

Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place will be on view from April 2 to April 10, 2016, at the historic McKean-Eilers Building, located at 323 Congress Avenue. Exhibition hours are from noon to 5 p.m. daily. A free public opening party will be held on Friday, April 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information about the artists and their projects, visit drawinglinesaustin.com.

Drawing Lines Art via Transit Tour Information

Capital Metro will be hosting tours on April 3, 9 and 10, 2016, taking visitors by bus and train to explore ten art sites around the city. Tours details are listed below.

Make your reservations now; seating on the tours is limited. Please RSVP with Jordan Smith at Jordan.Smith@capmetro.org.

Saturday, April 9 – MetroRail Tour & Alternate Bike Tour

MetroRail Tour

4:30 – 7 p.m.

The group will meet at the Plaza Saltillo MetroRail Station located at 412 Comal St. Before boarding the train, participants will hear from Capital Metro’s Gerardo Castillo about the transit-oriented development happening in the area. The group will then board the train heading north at 4:44 p.m. and travel through multiple districts.

District 3

District 3 is home to Adrian Quesada whose music is inspired by the district’s creative energy, the multiple generations living and creating there, and the constant presence of its green space during times of rapid densification. Quesada recorded music with kids participating in the Anthropos Arts music program for his Drawing Lines piece.

District 6

The train will stop at Lakeline where participants will see the MetroRail Station, a modern-day oasis in Austin’s most northwestern district. Josef Kristofoletti and UT’s Robotics and Automation Society were inspired by the desire to democratize the prominently suburban architecture in District 6, and interested in exploring the innovation and technology being developed in the district. Kristofoletti and members of the society will provide a demonstration of the mural painting robot they developed for Drawing Lines.

— Attendees are welcome to head south with the group on the 5:56 p.m. train, but can also disembark at any of the stations or leave the tour at Lakeline Station.


Alternate Bike Tour

3:30 p.m.

The group will meet at the Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place exhibit at the historic McKean-Eilers Building, 323 Congress Ave.

B-Cycle will take the group on a bike tour from the exhibition to the city’s green spaces and the Plaza Saltillo MetroRail Station on the East Side.


Sunday, April 10 – MetroBus Tour

Noon – 3:00 p.m.

The group will meet at the Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place exhibit at the historic McKean-Eilers Building, 323 Congress Ave.

District 1

The group will travel by bus to visit the John Yancey mosaic, Rhapsody, at Dr. Charles E. Urdy Plaza, located at East 11th and Waller Streets. From there, we’ll head to Cement Loop, an East Austin hub with artist studios and co-working spaces, with Los Outsiders, creators of District 1’s /Person / Place / Thing/.

District 4

The tour will head north to visit the Rundberg neighborhood and the Gus Garcia Recreation Center, where Zell Miller III arranged a reading of poems written by youth from the area, Youth Voices of the 4, performed last fall by community leaders and artists. Miller will discuss his work with the Drawing Lines project and share his experiences as a kid who grew up in District 4.

District 7

The tour will visit Beverly Sheffield Park in northwest Austin, the site of artist Teruko Nimura’s Lighting Ceremony for Wish Lanterns, her work made from origami. Teruko will talk about her inspirations for the project, and what she learned about the hopes and wishes of District 7’s community.

District 10

Before heading back downtown, the tour will stop by The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria to see one of Steve Parker’s sound collections. Parker is interested in art projects, which use musical instruments and sound, to help to build a sense of community. Contemporary Austin-Laguna Gloria, one of Austin’s oldest art venues, hosts sculptures by international artists, installed throughout its lakeside landscape.

— From there, the group will return to the McKean-Eilers Building.

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