In Spring 2017, the Downtown Austin Alliance commissioned XYZ Atlas: Congress Avenue between Lady Bird Lake and the Texas State Capitol in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas.
The Heart of the Community project, in partnership with the Project for Public Spaces, was supported by a grant from Southwest Airlines. The project’s results informed a larger place-making initiative that involved the Urban Design Initiative of the City of Austin.
In March and April, 373 people took an 8 question survey to answer where they had significant experiences on Congress Avenue. The Downtown Austin Alliance collaborated to produce an amazing event at 800 Congress, with a dance performance by The Theorists. We developed a beta of an online survey application for this project with help from the Dell Medical School's Design Institute for Health, who used the app for the Fusebox Festival that year.
The artworks traveled from the Ann Richards Bridge to the Texas Capitol. Our most meaningful event was a breakfast and social practice art project for people experiencing homelessness at the park at the Old Bakery and Emporium. That project continues in Austin to better understand our sense of belonging through a program titled "Draw Together".