Friday, January 21, 2022

The Trail Foundation Seeks Local Artists for Floating Wetland Project on Lady Bird Lake


Art Collaboration Launches as Part of the Arts + Culture Plan for the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail
The Trail Foundation is currently looking for artists, designers, and other creatives who are interested in writing a new chapter for public art along the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail as part of the Trail’s Arts + Culture Plan. Three creatives will be paid to collaborate on the design and installation of floating wetlands on Lady Bird Lake in spring 2022. The project, titled “Common Waters”, will merge artistic components with ecological function. Supporting this effort will be TTF, environmental artist Stacy Levy, and Austin-based curators Public City
Applications are open to artists, designers, and creatives who live in Austin or have lived experience in the city, and TTF is prioritizing the selection of people who identify as traditionally non-white (Black, Chicano, Hispanic, Latino, Asian American, Indigenous). This call is for (but not limited to) visual, literary, spoken word, music, sound design, performance, dance, textile, and environmental arts backgrounds; designers in the fields of environmental, fashion, graphic, industrial, and similar design fields; as well as people who practice creative cultural traditions. Applications are due February 4, 2022.
This project is part of TTF’s ongoing process of creating an Arts + Culture Plan for the Trail in partnership with Austin Parks and Recreation and City of Austin Art in Public Places. The plan will provide a framework on how to support arts and cultural activities that elevate the Trail user’s experience while maintaining the Trail’s natural environment.
Read the full application packet here. Leer en Español.
About The Trail Foundation:
The Trail Foundation’s mission is to protect, enhance, and connect the Butler Hike-and-Bike-Trail at Lady Bird Lake for the benefit of all. The Butler Trail is the 10-mile lush, urban path in the heart of Austin that sees more than 4.9 million visits every year. Since its founding in 2003, The Trail Foundation has achieved restoration and beautification projects to the Trail’s infrastructure and environment, while honoring the original vision of the Trail’s founders and ensuring its vibrancy for generations to come. To learn more about The Trail Foundation and its upcoming initiatives, visit, or follow along on social: FacebookInstagram and Twitter.
About Austin Parks and Recreation 
Austin Parks and Recreation seeks to inspire our community to learn, play, protect and connect by creating diverse programs and experiences in sustainable natural spaces and public places. This City of Austin Department protects and maintains parkland, urban forest, and trails as well as offering sports, recreation, educational enrichment, arts programs, cultural opportunities, and nature and aquatic activities for Austinites. For more information visit
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