Drawing Lines effort explores city

Public art project Drawing Lines is pairing artists with Austin City Council districts in an effort to highlight the city’s transition to the 10-1 system in which council members represent specific geographic districts.

Artists' work will be showcased this fall, and projects will come together in a citywide exhibition opening in early 2016 alongside district-based cultural asset maps created by the city of Austin Economic Development Department Cultural Arts Division.
“Art serves an essential role in the life of the city of Austin by helping define our identity, grow our economy and support vital communities.”
- Steve Adler, Austin mayor

In Southwest Austin, the artists for District 8 are Ivete Lucas and husband Patrick Bresnan, who goes by Otis Ike; Sonya Cote and The Homegrown Revival represent District 5; Deborah S. Esquenazi and Carrie Kenny represent District 2; and Adrian Quesada is the artist for District 3. Bresnan explained that artists are meeting with residents in June and want to hear their stories.

“Both my wife and I have fallen in love with the geography and topography of the district,” Bresnan said, adding artists are searching for raw materials for potential projects.

“Art serves an essential role in the life of the city of Austin by helping define our identity, grow our economy and support vital communities,” Mayor Steve Adler said in a news release.

Drawing Lines received $256,500 from ArtPlace America last year. For more information, visit www.drawinglinesaustin.com.


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