Helpful Resources from the City of AustinSharing a helpful reminder regarding Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order To Open Bars In Qualifying Counties: Based on the memo from Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe announced bars in Travis County will not open at 50% capacity at this time. He will continue to reevaluate data collected and in 14 days, determine if Travis County is in a position to safely reopen bars. In the meantime, the judge encourages everyone to continue practicing safety measures to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Read Judge Biscoe’s full statement.
– Veronica Briseño, City of Austin Chief Economic Recovery OfficerART IN PUBLIC PLACES
Artists – apply now for big opportunities and be paid to create art for our city! Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) invites you to apply for our open artist calls. Work with local communities to create public artwork that reflects the diverse cultural landscape of Austin! MANY opportunities are available and coming soon to create artwork for the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Austin Convention Center, Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. Budgets range from $30,000-$104,000 per artwork commission.
- CLOSING SOON! APPLY NOW! PHARR TENNIS CENTER: Create artwork for the Austin Parks and Recreation Department that showcases the unique character or history of Pharr Tennis Center. Watch a recording of the artist information session.Apply by Oct. 29, 5pm CST. Budget $30,000!
- 2021-2023 PRE-QUALIFIED ARTIST POOL: Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) welcomes artists and artist teams living in the United States and territories to apply for AIPP’s 2021-2023 Pre-Qualified Artist Pool. Coming in late October!
- BARTON SPRINGS BATHHOUSE: Create artwork for the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s iconic and historic Barton Springs Bathhouse. Coming in November!
- AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER WAREHOUSE: Create artwork that reflects the values of the Montopolis community and Austin Convention Center Department. Coming Soon!
Learn more about AIPP’s open calls!Apply for AIPP’s open calls!ARTWORK IN PROGRESSCheck out this behind-the-scenes footage from artist Agustina Rodriguez, featuring her AIPP project-in-progress titled, “Everywhen” at the Montopolis Community and Recreation Center, located at 1200 Montopolis! Stay tuned for completed project images soon!
Join us for Virtual Open Office Hours! October 27, 10am-12pmAnyone interested in learning more about current AIPP projects and opportunities is encouraged to attend! No appointment is necessary!Attend AIPP’s Virtual Open Office Hours.ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HIGHLIGHTS
North Lamar International DistrictEat. Shop. Discover. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the North Lamar International District and immerse yourself in a welcoming environment of diversity. Watch the North Lamar International District video. Austin-Egypt Fashion Business Development and Cultural Exchange ProgramApplication Open: October 15 – November 1, 2020 5:00 p.m. CDT (11:59 p.m. in Egypt)The City of Austin Economic Development Department and the United States (U.S) Embassy in Cairo, Egypt have partnered on an international exchange program for fashion designers in Austin and Egypt. Through a partnership with the Austin Community College Fashion Incubator, the program will offer a virtual education series on topics ranging from fashion management to entrepreneurship. Following the class, there will be an in-person exchange between Austin and Cairo participants in each city. Visit austintexas.gov/atxegypt for more information on the program and eligibility.
Bouncing Back: What it Takes to SucceedJoin us on October 30,2020 for a free virtual conversation with Melinda Garvey, Founder of Austin Woman magazine and On The Dot. Learn 5 tips to help shift your mindset and face your challenges head-on! Register for Bouncing Back: What It Takes to Succeed.
City issues Request for Proposal for the 19-acre St. John SiteOn September 16, 2020, the City of Austin issued a Request for Proposal for the 19-acre, city-owned St. John site located at I-35 and St. Johns Avenue. Working with the St. John community over a two-year community engagement process, this site is envisioned as a mixed-use, mixed-income community with quality, active open spaces and services for area residents. Learn more about the Request for Proposal.Visit the St. John project webpage for more information about the history of the project. HEALTH AND SAFETYVisit the City of Austin Information for Businesses and Industry website for updated safety guidelines for employers, employees and customers.
- COVID-19 Isolation Facility
- Public Enrollment Form for COVID-19 Testing and Interactive Testing Site Map
- COVID-19 Symptoms and Care
- COVID-19 Tracking Digital Dashboard Mobile Version and COVID-19 Tracking Digital Dashboard Desktop Version
- Austin Center for Events (ACE) updates for the experience sector and live event industry
- Free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Risk Based Guidelines The City of Austin wants to provide consistent guidance on what is safe and healthy for individuals, businesses, and organizations. Multiple indicators are necessary to guide critical reopening decisions. These factors also help determine how the Austin Public Health Risk-Based Guidelines are applied. Austin-Travis County is currently in Stage 3. In Stage 3, everyone should avoid social gatherings of any size and encourage high-risk individuals to avoid travel, dining, and shopping that is non-essential.
COVID-19 Updates: October 15, 2020Governor Abbott issued Executive Order (GA 32) on October 7, 2020 to reopen certain businesses to 75% capacity and allow resumption of elective surgeries in certain counties. The Executive Order became effective on October 14, 2020. Read the full Order for industry impacts.
COVID-19 High-Risk Worker HotlineAre you a front line staff member who needs help due to COVID-19? The Austin Voices call center can help (in any language) provide referral services related to legal case management, assistance applying for unemployment, and one-time financial assistance. Hotline Phone Number: 512-493-4288, open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Austin Public Health Encourages Community to Get Flu Shot to Fight FluAustin Public Health wants to remind the community that getting a flu vaccine is critical, especially during COVID-19, to protect yourself, your loved ones, and the entire community from the flu. Visit austintexas.gov/flu for more information.CITY OF AUSTIN ANNOUNCEMENTS
Early Voting Available from October 13 – October 30, 2020Find your early voting location and other information at VoteTexas.gov. Visit the Travis County Clerk’s Office website for a list of early voting locations, wait times at locations across the county, a copy of your sample ballot, and voter identification requirements, and more.
WarnCentralTexas.orgWarnCentralTexas.org serves as a public portal for residents to register for an emergency notification system to residents of Central Texas. Registering with WarnCentralTexas allows local officials to contact their communities by phone, email and text during times of disasters or public safety events. Get Alerts to find useful information about how they can prepare themselves for emergencies and disasters.
Austin Public Library for Job SeekersThe Austin Public Library will offer free online classes for job seekers. This is part of the growing resources in our Job Portal. In partnership with Grow with Google, the workshops are free and open to the public. Participants may register for any or all workshops: Grow with Google Workshop Descriptions.
Shop the BlockShop the Block is a pilot program to help restaurants, retail shops, and bars during COVID-19. Businesses can apply for a 30-day renewable permit to expand outdoor operations, including customer seating, onto adjacent private parking lots, public sidewalks, public parking spaces or roadways in front of their establishments. Read more about permit requirements and apply today. Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants (RENT) Assistance ProgramThe RENT Application Portal will remain open through January 2021, or until funds are expended. The RENT program provides direct rent support for up to three months for income-eligible Austinites who have experienced a COVID-19-related income loss. All applications, regardless of when they are submitted after the initial opening of the application period, will be given an equal chance for random selection. All details are available online at www.austintexas.gov/rent.
2020 Project Connect Tax Rate and Mobility Bond ElectionsThe November 3, 2020 election includes two propositions on Austin mobility. Proposition A would fund initial investment in the Project Connect high-capacity transit system. Proposition B would fund transportation infrastructure including sidewalks, trails and safety projects. Learn more about the 2020 Mobility Elections.
Food Access During the PandemicConnectATX and 2-1-1 are helping residents get access to resources during the pandemic. These services provide access to a list of vetted organizations that help with basic food needs such as pantries, curbside meals, grocery delivery services and meals for school age children. Additionally, the City of Austin and partners across the community created the Eating Apart Together (EAT) Initiative to get food to people experiencing homelessness through the COVID-19 response.
Utility Bill ReliefResidential customers are eligible for financial assistance for utility bill relief if they, or a member of their household, have experienced a financial hardship, loss of job, or reduction in income related to COVID-19. For more information, visit: www.austinbillhelp.com.NEWSCity of Austin
- September 30, 2020 Austin COVID-19 Order Concerning Restrictions on Issuing Notices to Vacate Extended through December 31
- September 30, 2020 Austin-Travis County Partner to Launch Emergency Preparedness Mobile Application
- September 26, 2020 Austin Public Health Encourages Community to Get Flu Shot to Fight Flu
- September 24, 2020 Five signs your business might be part of Austin’s circular economy (without even knowing it)
- September 22, 2020 Art Access Program Opens Applications for 2022 Season
- September 15, 2020 City of Austin Reopens Non-Profit Relief Dollars to Strengthen Local Organizations
- August 27, 2020 City of Austin awards $23.7 million in local economic relief, additional $9.3 million in process
State of TexasOffice of the Governor News
- September 30, 2020 Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Extension Of Emergency SNAP Benefits For October 2020
- September 25, 2020 Governor Abbott Announces Over $171 Million In CARES Act Funding For Rental Assistance, Texas Eviction Diversion Program
- September 25, 2020 Governor Abbott Announces Agreement With Health Insurers To Continue Payment Parity For Telehealth
- September 17, 2020 Governor Abbott Expands Capacity For Certain Services In Texas, Announces Guidance For Nursing Home, Long-Term Care Visitations
- Coronavirus Federal Support for Small Business
- Guidelines for Opening America Again
- The White House News
- Coronavirus Tax Relief
Interested in a public art commission with AIPP? Make sure to visit the AIPP website for the latest artist opportunities and to download complete instructions and project details. All applications are acceptedthrough publicartist.org/austinaipp/Apply for a public art commission!Other Artwork OpportunitiesFor basic information about other public art calls to artists around the country, please visit: Public Art 4Culture and PublicArtist.orgABOUT USArt in Public Places is the City of Austin’s public arts program. We acquire, commission, and maintain works of art for City facilities and parks for the cultural enrichment of the Austin Community. AIPP is a program of the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division within the Economic Development Department.
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES PANEL MEETINGSThe AIPP Panel is a seven-member standing committee of volunteer visual arts professionals, appointed by the Arts Commission to help guide AIPP. AIPP Panel meetings are held the first Monday of each month (except holidays), and are open to the public. Come see how the whole process unfolds!
AUSTIN ARTS COMMISSIONThe Arts Commission is comprised of citizens appointed by City Council to help advise Council in all arts-related matters. After the AIPP Panel votes on a project or opportunity, the Arts Commission reviews and decides which projects to move forward. Arts Commission meetings are the third Monday of each month (except holidays) at 6 pm and are open to the public. Check the meeting agendas for locations. View Austin Arts Commission Meeting Dates and Agendas
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