Cultural Place-Keeping in the Age of Growth and Gentrification

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Cultural Place-Keeping in the Age of Growth and Gentrification

Tuesday, April 16 @ 6:30 p.m.

3106 East 14 1/2 Street

You are invited to join The Community Engagement Center’s next Front Porch Gathering (FPG) of the 2018-2019 series. FPG represents UT’s open door to the Austin community, providing time and space for community collaboration. The gathering works to address issues of equity, disparity and access through active engagement and connects UT and community research and resources with community organizations and members.

(Limited parking in the Vesper lot, but free street parking available on adjacent streets and there is free and available parking in the Space 12 lot a few blocks away)

*Food will be provided

EVENT DESCRIPTION

As Austin, Texas grows and portions of the city continue to experience mass gentrification and displacement, it is critical that we consider the cultural and social shifts that take place as a result. For much of the native Austin community, the cultural displacement and disconnection from important landmarks and neighborhoods is just as painful and destructive as the residential displacement suffered at the hands of economic forces. With this phenomenon in mind, the Center for Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin invites community members to explore disruptive interventions and practices that may help serve to document history and heritage, preserve cultural legacy and sustain connection to place, space and racial identity.

Whether through art, community gatherings, food, historic archiving, writing or landmark preservation, we invite you to invent, inspire and integrate the practices, policies and intentional precautions that the city should adopt in pursuit of authentic and meaningful cultural place-keeping.

To learn more about previous Front Porch Gatherings, please visit http://diversity.utexas.edu/communitycenter/news/.

For questions, comments, or concerns, you may contact Virginia Cumberbatch at vacumberbatch@austin.utexas.edu

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