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Artsy in Austin: Free Things to Do

free art events in austinAs the saying goes, “People don’t live in Austin to work; they work in Austin to live.” That kind of thinking fuels an artistic lifestyle, no matter how you earn a paycheck – and fortunately, there are plenty of artsy things to do that don’t gobble up your take-home pay.

 

Collaborative Art Wall (and Quick Hike!)

You honestly can’t miss the Baylor Street Art Wall and its explosion of color near the intersection of 11th and Baylor in Austin. Locals, muralists and street artists just couldn’t resist the blank concrete canvas created decades ago by an abandoned condo project, and it’s grown to be one of our most famous collective art projects. Amazingly, the wall has been spared from demolition over the years. It’s even protected now by a nonprofit organization and has been rechristened the HOPE Outdoor Gallery. Put on some comfortable walking shoes to explore the evolving street gallery, then climb to the top for some pretty awesome views of the city.

 

Free Thursdays at the Blanton

Thursday is the day for checking out the Blanton Museum of Art on the campus of UT in Austin. Everything is free that day, year round, with an added plus of free all-levels yoga classes in the atrium every third Thursday (mats provided). In January 2017, the Blanton features the written works of Andy Warhol in an exhibit known as Warhol by the Book. Get a look at more than 250 objects, including original artist books, paintings and screen prints. A coinciding installation displays books, wall panels and hanging scrolls by Chinese artist Xu Bing.

 

Art for the People

Head over to Art For The People gallery in South Austin to support the arts on an organic level. It’s really more of a boutique for the arts, with no limits on the creative art forms you might encounter on any given day. At the moment, there are 64 artists presenting original paintings, sculptures, jewelry, prints, ceramics and textiles. January 20 launches the first group exhibit of 2017, featuring art from homeless and formerly homeless street artists. Look for the red tin roof and butterfly graphics sign at 1711 South 1st Street.

 

Live the artistic lifestyle in one of Pinnacle’s Austin apartment communities; stop by today for a free tour!