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Front Porch Gathering to Address Cultural-Place Keeping in Austin

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The Center for Community Engagement invites the Austin community to join a Front Porch Gathering Discussion titled “Cultural Place-Keeping in the Age of Gentrification and Growth” on Monday, April 15, 6:30 p.m., at Vesper, 3106 East 14 1/2 St.

 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 interrogate the practices, policies and intentional precautions that the city should adopt in pursuit of authentic and meaningful cultural place-keeping.

The event is free and open to the public. Dinner will be provided.

About the Front Porch Gathering: The Center for Community Engagement’s Front Porch Gathering represents UT’s open door to the Austin community, providing time and space for community collaboration. The monthly gathering works to address issues of equity, disparity and access through active engagement and connects UT research and resources with community organizations and members.