Wednesday, January 13, 2021

City of Austin Announces “The Pivot” Video Podcast to Provide Space for Conversations of the African American Experience in Austin



For immediate release: January 13, 2021
Media Contact: Veronica Samo, 512-974-7636, veronica.samo@austintexas.gov

 

City of Austin Announces "The Pivot" Video Podcast to Provide Space for Conversations of the African American Experience in Austin
Pilot episode will livestream on February 3rd, 2021
 

AUSTIN, TX – The City of Austin Economic Development Department announces a new livestream video podcast intended to offer a virtual conversation space for East Austin residents and the community as a whole. The Pivot will be a biweekly livestream from the African American Cultural and Heritage Facility Facebook page. The broadcast will also highlight the ways that local businesses, the creative community, and Austin culture can be collaborative. Each episode also features performances from local Austin musicians.
 
"We are excited to add this new dimension in our efforts to continue to tell the story of the African-American experience in Austin," notes Sylnovia Holt Rabb, Acting Director for the Economic Development Department. "These are critical times for communicating and storytelling. Adding this opportunity to tune in virtually continues our efforts to share vital information with residents and receive community feedback about City programs and services."
 
The series will air every first and third Wednesday of the month beginning in February, and viewers can watch the production online at www.facebook.com/AACHFAustin. The Pivot will be hosted by T.J. Owens, Program Manager for the Economic Development Department's African American Cultural & Heritage Facility.
 
 "With the African American Cultural and Heritage Facility inoperable for most of 2020 due to the pandemic, our team sought a way to still serve the community who needs it the most," explains Owens. "The Pivot ensures we stay connected to our East Austin neighbors and provides useful information to the community as the pandemic continues."
 
The first episode of The Pivot airs on February 3rd at 7:00 p.m from the African American Cultural and Heritage Facility Facebook page. The episode will feature a conversation Sharon Mays, Owner and CEO of Baby Greens, to discuss how City resources helped her business successfully pivot after the initial COVID-19 emergency declaration in Austin. A performance from local musicians Bomani Ray Barton and Friends will close out the episode. Future episodes will include topics about the History of Black Austin, health and wellness, and the creative and entrepreneurship sectors.
 
For more information and a schedule of upcoming episodes, visit www.austintexas.gov/aachf.
 
For anyone interested in being a featured guest or recommending a guest or artist performance, please contact the African American Cultural and Heritage Facility (AACHF) team at: aachf@austintexas.gov


###

About the City of Austin Economic Development Department
The City of Austin Economic Development Department supports business growth, creative industries, and local communities. These programs build an equitable, sustainable economy to improve the lives of all Austin residents. To learn more about helpful resources, visit www.austintexas.gov/edd or or like us on Facebook @AustinEconDev and follow @AustinEconDev on Twitter.

City of Austin Statement on Labor Negotiations with Police Union

The City's Labor Relations Office has been negotiating with the Austin Police Association (APA) for almost nine months over a new labor ...