Piece by Piece: City Wants Help Creating African-American Mosaic Mural

Apr 19, 2012

The City of Austin is encouraging citizens to participate in creating a mosaic mural for the  African American Cultural and Heritage Facility tonight.

The mosaic will feature iconic individuals from the African American community. Art and Public Places Coordinator Carrie Brown said her department is working closely with the African-American Resource Advisory Commission to gather input from the community for the design concept. The mosaic will feature distinguished members of the African-American Community such as Willie Ray Davis, who was the first black firefighter in Austin, and Dr. Connie Yearwood, a medical leader for Austin's black community.

"We asked community members to give us names and give us photographs," Brown said. "They helped us create the design concept and now they will help us create the mosaic."

Houston artist Reginald C. Adams will lead the workshop tonight at the facility. Adams is also responsible for crafting the mural, which will be installed later this year in the courtyard of the new facility. 

The event is at Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center, 2608 Gonzales, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.