UPDATE: The Urban Renewal Board has granted DiverseArts a three-month license extension for Kenny Dorham's Backyard, contingent on compliance with the issues described below.
A mainstay of East Austin's African-American cultural scene may soon find itself homeless.
Kenny Dorham’s Backyard – a two-acre outdoor space named for the bebop trumpeter who once lived in Austin's East End – has hosted all-ages concerts, poetry events and film screenings on East 11th Street since March 2005.
But tonight, city staff will recommend to Austin's Urban Renewal Agency that the annual agreement granting the Backyard use of its land be denied. The Urban Renewal Board, made up of citizen volunteers, will then vote on whether or not to renew the license agreement.