Thursday, November 17, 2022

Old Bakery at the Downtown Austin Alliance Holiday Stroll

Austin Parks and Recreation’s Old Bakery and Emporium will be playing a special role in this year’s annual Holiday Stroll presented by the Downtown Austin Alliance. On Saturday, December 3 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. the Old Bakery and Emporium will be hosting the first public engagement event to get community feedback for a new mural on the south-facing wall of the park located at 1006 Congress Ave. 

Honoring the Swedish ‘Fika’ tradition, a cultural custom of sharing conversations and coffee, community members are encouraged to grab a hot chocolate and chat with local artist, RichesArt, who will provide graphic sketches and work with community members to project their vision onto the future mural wall, helping visualize a mural in the space. RichesArt will also provide a spray paint canvas wall for people to experience the process of creating a mural.

Community members can learn about the project and share their vision for a new mural. The event will feature several opportunities for people to provide feedback and share their vision including online polls, a life-sized timeline of the building’s history, and a downtown mural coloring book where people can draw and share their vision for the new mural. 

This event welcomes folks of all ages and includes several fun and festive activities for the whole family including photo opportunities with Santa, an ornament decorating craft table, and a winter wonderland featuring igloos for exploring. Join the Old Bakery and the Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation and share your vision for the next downtown mural!

About the Old Bakery and Emporium
The Old Bakery and Emporium is home to a rich history of local entrepreneurship, movements for social change, and stories of immigrants including Charles Lundberg who immigrated from Sweden and built the Old Bakery in 1876.

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