Call for Arts and Culture Grant Proposals Now Open

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board awards grant twice a year for visual art, music, theatre, dance, literary, and cultural heritage events and programs taking place in Georgetown, as well as organizational development initiatives including board training, strategic planning, and professional development. The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board considers all applicants without attention to the following – which includes but is not limited to – race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is now inviting grant proposals for events and programs occurring between October 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022 as part of the 2021 Round II grant period. The deadline for submitting for this grant period is June 30, 2021.

Eligible requests: Nonprofit organizations, schools, and informal arts and culture organizations creating arts and culture programming, organizational development, or an event open to the public are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants must be in good standing with a history of timely reporting and grant fulfillment requirements if previous Arts and Culture grants have been awarded.

Ineligible requests: Organizations that received funding in the 2021 Round I grant period are not eligible to apply for 2021 Round II.

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Grants help the Arts and Culture Board fulfill bylaw requirements which include recognizing and encouraging groups and organizations that enrich Georgetown life by bringing cultural and artistic values and artifacts to the City.  Members of the Arts and Culture Board believe a vibrant arts community and cultural offerings are good for the quality of life for residents, will attract visitors, and will assist Georgetown in becoming a nationally recognized arts destination by 2030.  The grant program helps develop and strengthen our local arts community by contributing funding to arts and culture programming that enhances our local community.

For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit the grant page by clicking here.

Call for 2021-2022 Annual Georgetown Sculpture Tour Entries

2021-22 Annual Georgetown Sculpture Tour

The City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board is now inviting entries for the 2021-22 Annual Georgetown Sculpture Tour – a juried, year-long outdoor exhibition in Georgetown’s historic Downtown Cultural District. Please click here to view the full submission guidelines, project schedule, and other info: Call for Artist Entries_Georgetown Sculpture Tour Entries 2021-2022

The annual Georgetown Sculpture Tour is one of the first community public art projects of the Georgetown Arts and Culture Program.  The Sculpture Tour began in 2009 by Georgetown sculptor Dar Richardson of the Texas Society of Sculptors working with Georgetown Public Library Director Eric Lashley, and it was conceived as an invitational exhibit. Many thanks are due to Dar for his years of invaluable service on the City Arts & Culture Board and with the Sculpture Tour. After years of leading the Sculpture Tour, Dar asked the City to take the Sculpture Tour selection process over. Beginning with the 2017 Sculpture Tour, City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board members now review entries and make recommendations to City staff for each year’s selections.

Sculpture Tour applications will be accepted June 1 – August 1, 2021 for the 2020-2021 tour. Each sculptor may submit up to three sculptures for consideration. Please provide two or three photographs of each piece, showing different angles. The artist submission form will go live on June 1, 2020 and close at the end of the day on August 1, 2020.

Sculpture Tour Entry Form

From the applications submitted by the deadline, the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board will select up to (18) 2021-22 Sculpture Tour pieces. All applicants will be notified of the board’s decisions in September.

“Interaction of Thought V” by John Mark Luke; 1st place award winner in 2020-2021 Georgetown Sculpture Tour

Sculptures will be installed by appointment in November 2021 and remain on display until October 2022. Delivery is the artist’s responsibility; sculptures will be installed by City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation staff working with the artist.

All sculptures selected for the 2021-2022 Sculpture Tour will receive a cash prize awarded by the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board. Judging will occur in December 2021, and checks will be mailed in January 2022. Artists will be required to sign a Sculpture Tour contract, which includes a 25 percent commission to the City on any sculpture sold during the exhibit period.

“Uncommon Egret” by Marla Ripperda; 2nd place award winner in 2020-2021  City Sculpture Tour

Awards will include:
$1,500 First Prize (one will be awarded)
$1,000 Second Prize (one will be awarded)
$750 Honorable Mention (up to 16 will be awarded)

Artists will be required to sign a Sculpture Tour contract, which includes a 25 percent commission to the City on any sculpture sold during the exhibit.

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board maintains the Texas Commission on the Arts Cultural District designation and implements the Georgetown Arts and Culture Program. The Georgetown Arts and Culture Program enhances quality of life for residents and visitors of Georgetown by promoting community engagement, cultural participation, and cultural tourism through public art programming and arts and culture collaborations. The annual Georgetown Sculpture Tour program helps the Board fulfill the vision of becoming a nationally recognized arts destination by 2030.

If you have any questions about the application or the selection process, please call Amanda Still, Arts and Culture Coordinator, at 512-930-8471 or email amanda.still@georgetown.org.

GHS Student Mural Installation Set for June

Students at Georgetown High School plan to install a mural on the downtown building at 101 E. Seventh St. Now home to Tejas Meat Supply, the building formerly housed Georgetown Municipal Court.

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Advisory Board selected sophomore Peyton Vega’s design from among 16 student designs submitted by art instructor Angela Morin. Morin selected this public art activity as an educational opportunity for her students as part of the Art 1 curriculum.

“The students are learning how they can use art to communicate and connect with others within their community,” Morin said. “They also spent the entire year extensively learning about art history and the legacy that people who came before us created through art. With the creation of the mural, the students will now feel even more connected to that history, because they will be connected to a piece of Georgetown history.”

The mural will be painted first on “ripstop” mural fabric and adhered to the wall of the building. Vega and other students will paint the mural in the classroom during late May. Installation is scheduled for the first week of June.

The goal of this project is to continue to add to the mural every year. This first section of the mural, Everyone Deserves Kindness, will claim only a small portion of the wall, which continues the length of the long alleyway between Tejas Meat Supply and the Baked Bear. The art students and their instructor have worked with Brady Clark of Tejas Meat Supply on the placement and size of this first mural section.  The Tejas Meat Supply team, as well as the property owner of the building, say they are excited about further collaboration with Georgetown ISD and student artists on the annual additions to the mural.

The mural is jointly sponsored by Georgetown ISD and the City’s Arts and Culture Board. For updates on the project, as well as information on other art and cultural events in the downtown Georgetown cultural district, visit arts.georgetown.org.

Artist Selected for Georgetown Animal Shelter Mural

Artist and muralist Jason Tetlak of Jacksonville, FL was selected by the Georgetown Animal Shelter and the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board to design and install the upcoming mural at the shelter. Mr. Tetlak has completed mural projects across the country, including “No Sleep” – a mural in Jacksonville featuring the Beastie Boys and winner of the Guinness World Record for largest 3D/Anaglyph painting.

Tetlak says he was very interested in submitting his design for this mural project for a number of reasons. “First, I enjoy being a part of projects that are specifically aimed at leveraging art to transform public spaces. I have seen first hand how these types of projects can bring about positive change, and how public art can draw attention to a business or location. Additionally, I am excited by the idea of using public art as a platform to promote the shelter’s mission of providing animals with a second chance, and hopefully use my art to draw more people’s attention to the shelter. Ultimately I hope my colorful design will get more people involved either directly or indirectly in helping the shelter and the animals that are cared for there.”

The mural design will undergo some minor revisions and is scheduled for installation this spring. For more information on the artist, Jason Tetlak, and to view examples of his work, please visit his Instagram page by clicking here.

Final design of the mural, “Pick Me” is shown below.

Arts and Culture Grants Awarded 2021 Round I

At the January 2021 Board meeting, the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board approved $11,072 in grants to local arts and culture organizations for the 2021 Round I grant cycle. The grants will help fund local arts and cultural programming that includes visual art, music, performing art, and arts education in Georgetown.

The events and programs funded include:

East View High School Percussion Studio for EVHS Percussion Professional Recording Sessions – $1,500

Georgeotwn High School Jazz Band for Georgetown Virtual Jazz Festival – $1,500

Texas Bach Festival for Texas Bach Festival 2021 Season “Bach 4 More” – $2,250

Full Circle for FULL CIRCLE TALKS: By & For Creatives – $247

Georgetown Art Works for The Black Women’s Epoch at Georgetown Art Center – $2,050

The Georgetown Palace Theatre for Adaptive Theatre for All: Summer Programs – $2,025

Cardboard Cinema Productions for A Midsummer Night’s Dream – $1,500

Funds are for events and programs taking place in Georgetown between April 2021 and September 2021.

The next Georgetown Arts and Culture grant cycle will accept proposals June 1 – June 30 for events and programs occuring from October 2021 through March 2022.

City Hall Gallery Features Artwork by Southwestern University Student Julia Canfield

The current exhibition at City Hall is on exhibit from January – March 2020. The exhibit features recent work by Southwestern University student graduate Julia Canfield. Artwork can be viewed Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm.

In Polymer Empire, Julia Canfield explores the ironic beauty and luminosity of single-use shopping bags by engaging with ideas of nature versus humanity; how humans contaminate nature, and vice versa. Canfield studies the forms, textures, and transparencies of plastic bags, highlighting their strange allure through abstraction. In order to express the implications of globalised consumerism, many of the paintings’ compositions are inspired by maps of areas which either produce or suffer from high levels of plastic pollution. Through this work, viewers may confront the complex emotions which can arise from the paradox of humanity’s guilty fascination with consumerism.

Julia Canfield is a recent graduate of Southwestern University with a BA in Studio Arts with a focus in oil painting. She is interested in the use of beauty and subtlety in art as a means to encourage deeper reflection and mindfulness, and to explore the design of our world. Canfield currently resides in Portland, Oregon, but maintains roots in the Austin area. Follow her on Instagram at @julia_can_art, or visit juliarae.wordpress.com for more information.

The Gallery Wall at City Hall will exhibit two local artists per year, an exhibition of Georgetown Independent School District Advanced Placement student artwork, and an exhibition of Southwestern University student artwork. The exhibitions are by invitation and are designed to align with current Georgetown Arts and Culture Programming. To be considered for an invitation by the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board, local artists may submit their resume and portfolio to arts@georgetown.org.

Sculpture Awards Announced for the 2020-2021 Georgetown Sculpture Tour

The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board has awarded John Mark Luke the First Prize award in this year’s 202-2021 Annual Georgetown Sculpture Tour, a juried year-long outdoor exhibition in the historic Downtown Georgetown Cultural District. Luke won for his piece “Interaction of Thought V”, a piece created using Laminated Wood, Clear Fiberglass/Resin, Steel Rebar, and a Semi-Truck Brake Drum.  The sculpture is located on Main Street near the corner of 8th Street

Second Prize went to Marla Ripperda for her “Uncommon Egret” crafted from MagicSculpt (2 part epoxy clay) over expanded metal lath. This piece is located on 8th Street near the corner of Main Street.

Sculpture Tour artists and their awards are:

First Prize: “Interaction of Thought V” by John Mark Luke

Second Prize: “Uncommon Egret” by Marla Ripperda

Honorable Mention:

“Butterfly” by Mary Angers

“Golden Hugs” by Marianne Caroselli

“Zenith” by Scy Caroselli

“And He Was Sad” (Eeyore) by Bob Coffee

“Ventura” by Humberto DeGarrio

“Paths We Choose” by Anthony St. James

“Great Bird” by Peter Mangan

“Letting Go” by Peter Mangan

“Twist” by Peter Mangan

“Moment of Reflection” by Dan Pogue

“Luminous Beings Are We” by Kirk Seese

“Pluma Sculptura”, aka The Feather by Kirk Seese

“Tree Branches” by Kirk Seese

“Nine” by Scott Shubin

“Sunburst” by Scott Shubin

“The Optimist” by Linda Wilde

The City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board selected 18 of these 2020-2021 Sculpture Tour pieces from a total of 33 pieces submitted for consideration by 22 artists. All Sculptures in the current tour will remain on exhibit through October 2021.

An interactive online map of the Sculpture Tour can be viewed at https://arts.georgetown.org/art/sculpture-tour/. A map of the Sculpture Tour will also be available after the 1st of the year at the Visitor Center, the Georgetown Art Center, the Georgetown Public Library, and local arts businesses.

An open Call for Entries for the annual City Sculpture Tour is posted from June 1st to August 1st every year.

K9 Heroes Mural, “Best Friends”, by Jay Rivera and J Muzacz Completed

K9 Heroes Mural, “Best Friends”, by Jay Rivera and J Muzacz, 2020

Photography by David Valdez

Muralists J. Muzacz and Jay Rivera teamed up to create the public art mural  located at Wag Heaven, 206 West 6th Street #115, that is part of the Healing Arts for Veterans Program.

The Arts and Culture Program collaborated with the local pet supply business, Wag Heaven, to create a service-dog themed public art mural to honor our K-9 service heroes while commemorating the Rotary Club of Georgetown’s Field of Honor®, as well as War Dog Hero, Nemo A534 whose memorial is located at Lackland Airforce Base. The mural was installed during the week of Veterans Day and included a community painting event on Veterans Day, November 11th.

Funding for the K9 Heroes Mural at Wag Heaven is provided by Wag Heaven, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Program.

Jay “Areo” Rivera is a Puerto Rican graffiti writer and artist. Born in 1978, he grew up in the Bronx, New York. During the 90’s in the Bronx, graffiti was in heavy rotation and an essential part of hip-hop culture in New York City. Along with tagging, Areo worked on his skills and began painting murals by the age of 16. At 19 he entered the military as an Infantryman and served three tours in Iraq throughout his 18-year career before medically retiring in 2015. Upon his retirement Areo quickly got back into art and began painting canvases. In 2018 he launched Laced and Found, which provides murals, custom artwork, clothing and has future plans of opening an art collective gallery. Since its launch in February of 2018 Laced and Found has painted over 230 projects including murals and custom work. All of the work done by Jay “Areo” Rivera is done with spray paint; no brushes, markers or any other tools are used for his murals, keeping true to the style and culture of a graffiti artist. Please click here to visit Jay Rivera’s website.

J Muzacz is no stranger to Georgetown’s public art scene!  His most recent work includes the mosaic tile mural in the Georgetown Municipal Court Lobby entitled “El Arbol” (The Tree). Houston-born J Muzacz was recently honored by the Texas Commission on the Arts by inclusion in the 2020-2022 Texas Touring Roster. Muzacz has 15 years of experience painting large-scale murals for both public and private clients. He is also an educator and author/illustrator with two books to his credit, both bilingual in English and Japanese, from his time teaching overseas in Japan. He has lived and worked in Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand, having painted numerous notable murals abroad, one of which found its way into a Samsung commercial, as well as the cover of Hong Kong Airlines magazine. Connecting his passions for art and travel, J is eager to tour and engage with schools and communities all over the state of Texas, making and facilitating mural and mosaic art that uplifts, educates, and inspires people of all ages for years to come. Recently J has been commissioned across the country for commercial murals in Florida, California, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. He has also been invited to festivals as a featured artist in Austin, Houston, and Flint, Michigan, just to name a few. Please click here.

Call for Arts and Culture 2021 Round I Grant Proposals Now Open

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is now inviting grant proposals for art, music, theatre, dance, and cultural heritage events and programs – as well as organizational development – taking place in Georgetown between April 2021 and September 2021.

Due to the continued obstacles to holding events as a result of the pandemic, the Georgetown Arts and Culture grants for 2021 Round I will also include funding options for organizational development such as strategic planning, board training, and professional development that will help fulfill the mission of the organization.

Nonprofit organizations, schools, and informal arts and culture organizations creating arts and culture programming, organizational development, or an event open to the public are eligible to apply. The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board considers all applicants without attention to the following – which includes but is not limited to – race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status. Organizations that received funding in the 2020 Round II cycle are not eligible to apply for 2021 Round I.

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Grants help the Arts and Culture Board fulfill bylaw requirements which include recognizing and encouraging groups and organizations that enrich Georgetown life by bringing cultural and artistic values and artifacts to the City.  Members of the Arts and Culture Board believe a vibrant arts community and cultural offerings are good for the quality of life for residents, will attract visitors, and will assist Georgetown in becoming a nationally recognized arts destination by 2030.  The grant program helps develop and strengthen our local arts community by contributing funding to arts and culture programming that enhances our local community.

Click here to go to the application form:

Grant Proposal Form

For more detailed information, please visit the grant page.