Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Austin Veteran Arts Festival

City of Austin Supports Austin Veteran Arts Festival

Events start later this month through the end of 2021

The City of Austin will host several events at the Austin Veteran Arts Festival (AVAFest) this fall. Departments are involved with exhibits, presentations, and virtual experiences that aim to reduce Veteran suicide by unifying Veterans with their communities through the arts.
Austin Parks and Recreation will be hosting the following events over the next few months:
  • Asian American Resource Center- "Filipino-American Navy" featuring Photographer, Sherwin Rivera Tibayan. On Display Oct. 11- Dec. 24 | Virtual Artist Talk 10/5 @ 6PM. Exhibit Information: bit.ly/39viDpJ. Zoom Link: bit.ly/3CDjbq2
  • Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center – Community Altars for Day of the Dead Honoring Latino Veterans. On Display Oct. 15- Nov. 27. View Exhibit: adobe.ly/3kBNB68
  • The Old Bakery & Emporium– "Art Heals Wounds": An Exhibit featuring a performance by muralist, Raul Valdez. On Display Oct. 16- Nov. 13 | Performance 10/16 from 3PM-5PM. Exhibit Information: bit.ly/3CGfPmo
  • "To Serve": A Virtual Exhibit Honoring Veterans in Austin Municipal Cemeteries (feat. through Oakwood Cemetery Chapel). Exhibit Information: bit.ly/3i1z1D8
  • "Navigating Memory": A Virtual Exhibit Featuring Chip Belton (feat. through George Washington Carver Museum). On Display Oct. 8- Nov. 20. Exhibit Information: bit.ly/39vKmGG
  • "To Be Seen": A Virtual Exhibit Celebrating Veterans or Active Service Members (feat. through Dougherty Arts Center). On Display Oct. 15- Nov. 27. Exhibit Information: bit.ly/3o8Yle2
The Austin Public Library is collaborating with the Veterans Suicide Prevention channel to give veteran authors the opportunity to introduce themselves, promote information about their books and where they can be purchased. To register to be a part of the AVAFest Veterans Book Fair - the date of which is still to be determined - authors should contact Sharon.herfurth@austintexas.gov by October 15.
The purpose of AVAFest is to promote and support Veterans in the arts. Many Veterans struggle with mental health issues and/or seeking treatment. The Austin Veteran Arts Festival aims to help heal through Art Therapy, an approach that allows people to express themselves in a nonverbal and non-threatening way that potentially helps individuals to understand themselves and their issues better.
For more information about the festival and events go to AVAFest.org.