Placemaking & Displacement: A Public Dialogue

John Yancey mural
Detail of John Yancey's mural "Rhapsody" at the Charles Urdy Plaza, E. Eleventh and Waller streets in East Austin street.

Join Sightlines, Big Medium and the Carver Museum 7 p.m. Jan. 17 for  “Placemaking and Displacement: A Public Dialogue at the Intersection of Art, Community and Gentrification”

The free event is at Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.

This program is the second part of The Arts & Gentrification panel series started during the 2018 East Austin Studio Tour. This program is being presented in honor of the contributions of Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the federal holiday in his name.

“Placemaking and Displacement” is collaboratively sponsored by Big Medium, the George Washington Carver Museum and Sightlines magazine.


Moderator: Priscilla Hale, Austin native, long-time community advocate, and current Executive Director of Allgo, a statewide queer people of color organization

  • Florinda Bryant, theater artist and arts educator, has worked with Salvage Vanguard Theater, the Rude Mechs, the Vortex, Paper Chairs and Teatro Vivo. She is former managing director of Salvage Vanguard. Her award winning one-woman show Half-Breed Southern Fried was produced as part of the Performing Blackness Series at UT and was directed by Laurie Carlos.
  • Alan García, independent archivist and creator of the Instagram account ATX Barrio Archive, a virtual museum of visual culture that documents Latinx and African American neighborhood history.
  • Xochi Solis, a visual artist sharing her studio time between Texas and Mexico. Her works include multilayered, collaged paintings constructed of paint, hand-dyed paper, vinyl, plastics, and images from found books and magazines. She is also a DJ with and the manager of the Austin chapter of Chulita Vinyl Club, and serves on the programming committee of #bossbabesatx
  •  John Yancey, professor of studio art at the University of Texas, who created the “Rhapsody” mosaic mural that occupies the Charles Urdy Plaza at E. Eleventh and Waller streets in East Austin street.

Read a brief overview of the previous panel discussion and view a video of the talk.