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[00:00:05]

OKAY.

AND THERE'S AMY, WE'RE GONNA GO

[CALL TO ORDER]

AHEAD AND GET STARTED WITH THE SEPTEMBER SESSION FOR THE ARTS COMMISSION MEETING.

MY NAME IS SALINA.

THIS BEEN MY PRONOUNS.

ARE SHE? THEY, I AM THE WOMAN OF COLOR WITH MY HAIR.

PULLED BACK WITH SOME BIG GOLD EARRINGS TODAY.

UM, LET'S

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

GO AHEAD AND TAKE, UH, PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

UH, WE HAVE OUR FIRST PERSON HERE IN THE ROOM AND ONE PERSON SIGNED UP VIRTUALLY.

UM, ANTHONY, DO YOU SEE SYLVIA? OCO ON.

WONDERFUL.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND HAVE HER PRESENT FIRST.

HELLO, CAN YOU HEAR ME? HI SYLVIA.

WE CAN HEAR YOU GO AHEAD AND BEGIN WHEN YOU'RE READY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

OH, GOOD EVENING.

ARTS COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS SYLVIA ROSE.

I'M EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MEXICO ART MUSEUM.

UM, DURING THE AUGUST ARTS COMMISSION MEETING THE CULTURAL ARTS DIVISION STAFF PRESENTED AN UPDATE ON THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX.

THE CURRENT FY 22 APPROVED BUDGET FOR THE HOT CULTURAL ARTS FUND IS 6.6 MILLION.

AS OF AUGUST OF THIS YEAR, THERE WAS 11.4 MILLION IN THE HOT CULTURAL ARTS.

ADDITIONALLY, THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE FUNDS THAT WILL BE COLLECTED FROM AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER AS NOTED BY THE STAFF.

THERE IS MUCH MORE FUNDING FOR THE CULTURAL ARTS FUND THAN IT WAS ESTIMATED.

IN ADDITION, IT WAS STATED THAT WITH THE INCREASE OF THE HOT FUNDS ADJUSTMENTS FOR THE THRIVE PROGRAM BUDGET AND THE AWARD AMOUNTS ARE BEING CONSIDERED, THIS LETTER AND PRESENTATION IS TO REQUEST THAT THE THRIVE PROGRAM BUDGET BE ADJUSTED TO REFLECT THE INCREASE OF THE CURRENT HOT FUNDS AND THAT THE MAXIMUM AWARD AMOUNT BE INCREASED AT 200,000 AS RECOMMENDED BY THE CULTURAL ART DIVISION STAFF IN THE CURRENT DRAFT GUIDELINES OF MAX, A MAXIMUM AWARD FOR THE THRIVE PROGRAM IS 150,000.

THE FOLLOWING NOTE WAS INCLUDED IN THE DRAFT, UH, THRIVE DRAFT GUIDELINES, CHANGE SUMMARY.

THIS AMOUNT 150,000 IS BASED ON THE FINANCIAL LIMITATIONS DUE TO THE PANDEMIC.

THE STAFF DEMANDS THAT THIS REQUEST AMOUNTS FOR THIS PROGRAM BE AS HIGH AS 200,000 IN FUTURE IN THE FUTURE.

WHEN THE HOT FUND BUDGET ALLOWS AS OF AUGUST, AGAIN, THE HOT FUND HAD AN ADDITIONAL $5 MILLION, AND THIS WILL INCREASE WITH WHAT WE BEEN COLLECTED IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER.

THE HOT FUND BUDGET CLEARLY ALLOWS FOR THE THRIVE PROGRAM BUDGET TO INCREASE AND FOR THE AWARD AMOUNT TO INCREASE A 200,000, WE REQUEST THAT THE THRIVE PROGRAM, TOTAL BUDGET INCREASE, AND WE REQUEST THAT THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT AWARD INCREASE, THE 200,000, THESE INCREASES ARE NEEDED TO THE GOALS OF THE THRIVE PROGRAM TO ADDRESS THE LONG TERM NEED OF INTENTIONAL INVESTMENT, TO SUPPORT AND DEVELOP ART ORGANIZATIONS AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS OF BY AND FOR COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN INSTITUTIONALLY MARGINALIZED UNDERFUNDED BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN, CULTURAL ARTS DIVISION.

THIS FUNDING IS NEEDED TO PROVIDE FUNDS TO SUSTAIN AND GROW ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE DEEPLY ROOTED IN AND REFLECTIVE OF OUR COMMUNITIES.

THE INCREASE IN THE THRIVE PROGRAM, BUDGET AND THRIVE PROGRAM, MAXIMUM AMOUNT, MAXIMUM AWARD ARE ESSENTIAL TO ADDRESS THE HISTORIC INEQUITIES IN PAST FUNDING MODELS.

THE CULTURAL DIVERSE LEGACY ORGANIZATIONS MUST RECEIVE E EQUITABLE OPPORTUNITIES LIKE OTHERS HAVE HAD IN THE PAST AND PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OTHERS TO GROW AND FLOURISH.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK IN THE COMMUNITY, YOUR SUPPORT AND YOUR CONSIDERATION.

IN ADDITION TO, TO ME, UH, UH, SIGNING THIS LETTER, UH, CYNTHIA FROM LAP PENIA, LUIS ORLA FROM THERO VIV CHEWY CHA FROM ROY LOS HAVE ALSO ADDED THEIR NAMES TO AN UPDATED, UH, LETTER, WHICH YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

AND, UH, WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, SYLVIA.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE ROLE, WHICH I NEGLECTED TO DO UPON KICKOFF HERE.

UH, I HAVE HEIDI SMALL BOX STILL ATTEMPTING TO LOG IN, BUT IN THE ROOM WE HAVE COMMISSIONER P HELLO, COMMISSIONER GRAY HERE, NEW TO THE DI WE HAVE COMMISSIONER MAL.

HELLO.

THERE WE GO.

HELLO, TRY ONE MORE TIME.

ONE MORE TIME.

OH, THERE WE GO.

HELLO EVERYONE.

UH, COMMISSIONER BARNES, COMMISSIONER MOCK COMMISSIONER VAN DYKE.

HEY, COMMISSIONER FLORES AND COMMISSIONER

[00:05:01]

GARZA.

THE SET.

WONDERFUL.

AND I AM IN COMMUNICATION WITH COMMISSIONER SCHMALL, VICE CHAIR, SCHMALL.

AND, UH, SHE CAN'T HEAR, BUT SEE US.

GIVE ME ONE SECOND HERE.

LET'S SEE IF I CAN COMMUNICATE WITH HER.

OKAY.

UM, I'M GONNA GO AHEAD AND MOVE ON TO OUR CHAIRS REPORT HERE.

OH, I'M SORRY.

ONE MORE, UH, PUBLIC COMMUNICATION, UH, LUO VIA FROM LUCETO STUDIO.

COME ON UP AND YOU CAN SPEAK TO US HERE AT THIS PODIUM AND WE'LL MAKE SURE YOUR MIC IS ON AND YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

ALL RIGHT.

HELLO.

UM, I'M NOT SURE I WILL TAKE THE THREE MINUTES, BUT IT'S GONNA BE SHORT AND SWEET.

UM, I AM LUVA.

I AM THE OWNER OF LUCETO STUDIO.

UH, I AM A MINORITY AND WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESS IN AUSTIN.

AND TODAY I CAME HERE TO INVITE YOU TO SOMETHING THAT WE DOING THIS WEEKEND.

IT'S A SHORT NOTICE, BUT MAYBE SOMEONE IS FREE AND AVAILABLE.

UH, AS YOU KNOW, THERE IS NOT ALL SPACES, UM, FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS FOR CONTINUED EDUCATION.

SO THIS WEEKEND WE CREATE THIS CLASS OF PHOTOGRAPHY, UH, FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO START A BUSINESS OR THEY HAVE LIKE A, JUST A HOBBY OR THEY JUST WANNA MAKE THEIR SKILLS BETTER.

SO THIS WEEKEND WE HAVE LIKE A TWO DAY INTENSE PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS FOR, UH, ANYONE UP TO, UH, STARTING AT 16 YEARS OLD UP TO ANYTHING.

UH, WE WERE GONNA SEE EVERYTHING YOU'RE GONNA BE ABLE TO USE YOUR CAMERA OR EVEN YOUR PHONE.

IT'S ALL ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY.

SO I WANNA INVITE YOU.

I HAVE SOME FLYERS HERE WITH ME AND I ALSO, I HAVE, UM, MY BUSINESS CARDS, WHATEVER QUESTIONS YOU HAVE.

AND, UM, I DON'T KNOW, IT'S GONNA BE A GREAT CLASS.

IT'S GONNA BE BY ME AND ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPHER, AN AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHER THAT I BRING FROM MEXICO.

HE WORKS, UH, WITH INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES LIKE HOME DEPOT.

HE LIKE REALLY BIG COMPANIES OVER THERE.

SO IT'S REALLY LIKE A BIG OPPORTUNITY FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO, UH, LEARN AND, AND JUST MAKE THEIR SKILLS THE BEST THEY CAN.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

LUO COMMISSIONER FLORES.

UH, DID SHE SAY WHERE THAT WAS? SHE'S COMING BACK UP.

SO THOMAS, UM, AS YOU KNOW, LATINITAS HAVE THEIR HEADQUARTERS AND, UH, SPRINGDALE GENERAL, UH, LAURA WAS VERY NICE, UH, TO LEND THE SPACE FOR US.

SO THE CLASS WILL BE THERE.

YEAH.

SO IT'S GONNA BE SATURDAY, STARTING AT 10:00 AM.

WE'RE GONNA FINISH ABOUT LIKE, I BELIEVE IT'S FOUR OR FIVE AND SATURDAY ABOUT THE SAME HOURS SATURDAY.

I THINK WE'VE FINISHED BEFORE.

UH, AND THE REASON IS BECAUSE TODAY IS, IS BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE LIKE, UM, YOU KNOW, LIKE ALL THE INFORMATION, BUT ALSO THE PRACTICE.

AND ALSO ONE THING THAT I FORGOT IS THAT WE'RE GONNA HAVE, LIKE, OF COURSE, A FACEBOOK GROUP, WE'RE GONNA BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO TALK AND LIKE REVIEW AND YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR THINGS AFTER WE'RE GONNA BE ABLE TO DO IT IN THE COMMUNITY THERE AND EVERYTHING IS IN SPANISH.

YEAH.

SO LET ME KNOW IF YOU NEED ANYTHING MORE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

LUTA.

I'LL BE FOLLOWING UP FOR INFORMATION THAT WE CAN SHARE THROUGH OUR, OUR OUTLETS TO GET IT OUT TO THE COMMUNITY.

WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL WORK.

OKAY.

I'M GONNA GO AHEAD AND GET INTO MY CHAIRS REPORT, WHICH WILL BE BRIEF.

OH, MINUTES.

SORRY.

THANK YOU.

I'M OUT OF PRACTICE HERE.

MOTION TO APPROVE.

I SECOND.

WONDERFUL.

UH,

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

ANYBODY HAVE ANY CORRECTIONS FOR THE MINUTES? OKAY.

VOTE TO APPROVE ALL IN FAVOR.

APPROVE UNANIMOUSLY.

OKAY.

NOW CHAIR'S REPORT

[2. Discussion of Chair’s Report regarding Hellos and Goodbyes… by Chair Zisman ]

.

UM, I WANTED TO TAKE THIS MOMENT TO INTRODUCE OUR NEWEST COMMISSIONER MO.

NOW, THOUGH, AND I HAVE A BRIEF BIO I'D LIKE TO SHARE BECAUSE SHE IS SOMEONE IN THE COMMUNITY THAT, UM, IS DOING REALLY SIGNIFICANT AND IMPORTANT WORK.

UM, MONICA MO WAS AN AUSTIN NATIVE WITH 20 PLUS YEAR WITH 20 PLUS YEAR CAREER IN MULTIFAMILY, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, BOTH HER CAREER AND ROOTS IN AUSTIN, GIVE HER A PERSONAL UNDERSTANDING OF GENTRIFICATION PAIRED WITH HER DEEP PASSION FOR ARTS AND MUSIC.

MONICA NATURALLY BECAME INTERESTED IN CULTURAL PRESERVATION.

IN 2003, MONICA WORKED UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF EVA LINDSAY AND EFFORTS TO PRESERVE HIS, THE HISTORIC VICTORY GROW ON EAST 11TH STREET.

EVENTUALLY THE PROJECT ENDED, BUT HER PASSION FLAME FOR THE ARTS AND MUSIC ALWAYS STAYED LIT.

SHE FOUNDED MOSCO DUDA IN THE SUMMER OF JUNE, 2021, AN ARTS ORGANIZATION THAT CELEBRATES AND ADVANCES GUDA BY EMPOWERING AND ADVOCATING FOR LATINO ART ARTISTS

[00:10:01]

AND IDEAS.

MONICA IS A 2022 DIVIV INC CHAMPION OF CHANGE, RISING STAR NOMINEE, UH, A PAST A I P P JUROR FOR THE DOVE SPRINGS HEALTH FACILITY, A CAP METRO COMMITTEE MEMBER.

AND MOST RECENTLY MONICA WAS INVOLVED IN A COLLABORATIVE 21 MURAL PROJECT IN UVA.

AND IF YOU GUYS HAVEN'T SEEN THE MURALS FROM THIS PROJECT, LIKE PERSONALLY, THANK YOU FOR FACILITATING SUCH A PHENOMENAL EFFORT, UM, IN THAT COMMUNITY ONE THAT IS HURTING SO MUCH RIGHT NOW, AND I CAN JUST THE JOY THAT IS COMING AND THE LIGHT AND HOPE THAT IS COMING FROM THOSE MURALS IS PERMEATING MY MOM IN CALIFORNIA.

UM, WHEN I WAS MENTIONING TO HER THIS PROJECT, SHE WAS LIKE, OH MY GOSH, I SAW ON THE NEWS.

AND SO I JUST LOVE THAT THE IMPACT HAS REALLY REACHED NATIONAL RECOGNITION AS IT WELL DESERVES.

UM, AND WITH THE JOY OF WELCOMING MONICA, I ALSO HAVE THE SADNESS OF SAYING GOODBYE.

UM, COMMISSIONER KEATON HAS OFFICIALLY RESIGNED, UH, FROM THE COMMISSION.

SHE IS PURSUING A PHD PROGRAM AND MANY OTHER THINGS WITHIN THE ARTS COMMUNITY LOCALLY AND NATIONALLY.

AND SHE HAS REQUESTED THAT I READ HER LETTER OF RESIGNATION.

UM, SHE DID A TRIP TO AFRICA THIS SUMMER.

SHE SAYS I'VE BEEN BACK IN THE STATES FOR A BRIEF STINT AND THOUGHT LONG AND HARD ABOUT WHAT I'M ABOUT TO SHARE.

I WILL BE RESIGNING FROM THE COMMISSION EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2022.

AT THIS TIME I AM IN THE LAST STAGE OF MY DOCTORAL COURSEWORK AND PREPARING TO WRITE MY DISSERTATION AS THE NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE DOUGLAS CLUB OF AUSTIN, SITTING ON THE BOARD OF THE TARRANT COUNTY BLOCK, BLACK GEN GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY.

AND MY COMPANY AND LIFE IN GENERAL WILL NOT ALLOW MUCH MORE FOR MY PROFESSIONAL CALENDAR.

I MET, WORKED WITH AND LEARNED A LOT FROM THE ARTS COMMISSIONERS, UM, WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

I ALWAYS LIKE TO FINISH WHAT I STARTED.

AND THEN AGAIN, IF I CANNOT CANNOT, I MUST HONOR THE PROCESS IN WHICH MY LIFE IS GOING.

I WILL BE WRITING A FORMAL LETTER TO THE COMMISSION AND WILL HAVE IT SENT ON THE DATE, STATED ABOVE IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE WORKING WITH ALL OF YOU.

SO, UM, I THANK COMMISSIONER KEATON FOR HER SERVICE, AND I'M SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE HER FOR THE TIME THAT WE DID TO HAVE HER LIVED EXPERIENCE AND WISDOM WITH US, UM, IN THIS WORK, UH, DURING SOME VERY IMPORTANT DECISIONS THAT WERE MADE OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS.

AND WITH THAT, I WANNA CONTINUE TO EXTEND THIS INVITATION OUT TO THE COMMUNITY.

UH, WE ARE ALL VOLUNTEERS.

WE ARE ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

WE ARE ALL, UM, ALL OF OUR PERSPECTIVES AND LIVED EXPERIENCE ARE WELCOMED IN THIS WORK.

AND SO IF YOU FIND YOURSELF DRAWN TO BEING, UM, ACTIVE WITHIN THIS COMMUNITY AND WANTING TO GET ENGAGED WITH FUNDING AND COMMUNITY WORK WE'RE HERE, AND PLEASE APPROACH US AND ASK QUESTIONS.

IF THIS IS SOMETHING YOU'RE CURIOUS ABOUT, THERE'S MANY WAYS FOR OUR COMMUNITY TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE WORK THAT WE DO HERE WITH THE CITY.

SO WITH THAT, UM, WE HAVE SOME REPORTS COMING UP, BUT WE ALSO HAVE A PRESENT, UH, PRESENTER THAT HAS A TIME CONSTRAINT.

SO I'D LIKE TO GO AHEAD AND MOTION TO MOVE, UM, ITEM SIX, OR HAVE COMMISSIONER PULLER MOTION.

I'LL MOTION TO MOVE.

YOU WANNA MOVE ITEM SIX ABOVE ITEM THREE, THREE MM-HMM MOTION TO MOVE ITEM SIX ABOVE ITEM THREE.

I SECOND I SECOND, WE HAVE THREE SECONDS.

WONDERFUL.

[6. Presentation on the East Austin Creative Coalition by Harold McMillan (Part 1 of 2)]

ALL RIGHT, ANTHONY, IF WE CAN HAVE, UH, HAROLD MCMILLAN PULLED OVER AND THIS IS GONNA BE A PRESENTATION ON THE EAST AUSTIN CREATIVE COALITION BY HAROLD MCMILLAN.

WONDERFUL.

ARE YOU, ARE YOU ABLE TO HEAR ME NOW? WE CAN HEAR YOU, HAROLD.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

YEAH, I, I'M SORRY.

I HAD TO REINSTALL THE SOFTWARE.

IT'S A DIFFERENT COMPUTER.

UH, SO I, MY, UH, UPDATE, MY UPDATE IS NOT TERRIBLY FORMAL IN TERMS OF A PRESENTATION.

I CAN GIVE YOU SOME BACKGROUND ON WHERE WE'VE COME FROM AND WHERE WE, WHERE WE ARE NOW.

UM, THE, UH, EAST CREATIVE COALITION, UH, BEGAN PROBABLY THREE OR FOUR YEARS AGO WHEN I BROUGHT SOME PEOPLE TOGETHER, UH, BECAUSE WE WERE CONCERNED ABOUT, UM, THE CITY'S LACK OF ATTENTION TO A DESIGNATED CULTURAL HERITAGE DISTRICT THAT THEY DESIGNATED, UM, SOME 15 YEARS AGO.

UH, IT, I AM ESPECIALLY, , UH, PASSIONATE ABOUT THAT TOPIC BECAUSE I AUTHORED THE LANGUAGE FOR THE CULTURAL HERITAGE DISTRICT ALL OF THOSE MANY YEARS AGO, AND HAVE BEEN QUITE DISAPPOINTED IN THE FACT THAT THE CITY DIDN'T TAKE IT TERRIBLY SERIOUSLY.

UM, SO FAIRLY RECENTLY, THE

[00:15:01]

LAST, I GUESS, FOUR YEARS, I STARTED DOING RESEARCH ON THE CITY'S HISTORY OF URBAN RENEWAL, UH, AND CENTRAL EAST AUSTIN, AUSTIN, AND BASICALLY THEIR COMPLICITY IN DISPLACEMENT RELOCATION, DISLOCATION OF THE CORE OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY THAT ONCE LIVED HERE, THE STUFF THAT IN MY THESIS RESEARCH SOME MANY YEARS AGO SAID TO ME THAT, UH, THIS IS A NATURAL CULTURAL AND HISTORIC DISTRICT, AND SOMETHING SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT THAT.

SO I, I BROUGHT TOGETHER A, UM, ESSENTIALLY A DISCUSSION GROUP, A THINK TANK TO TRY TO STRATEGIZE ON, ON WAYS TO, UM, GET THIS BACK IN FRONT OF COUNCIL.

AND, UH, THE TIMING WORKED OUT THAT, UH, THE CITY WAS BEGINNING TO HAVE THE CONVERSATION ABOUT THE CULTURAL TRUST AND THEN EQUITY AND THE EQUITY LENS FOR ALL CITY SERVICES AND, AND EXPENDITURES.

AND THEN GEORGE FLOYD, UM, AND RIGHT ALONG IN, THERE WAS THE CITY'S DESIGNATION OF THE RED RIVER CULTURAL DISTRICT, WHICH THEY APPARENTLY TOOK VERY SERIOUSLY.

AND THEY TOLD THE CITY MANAGER TO GET THE CAR KEYS AND THE CHECKBOOK AND JUST GO MAKE IT HAPPEN.

UH, SO I STARTED DOING RESEARCH IN, UH, PRIOR LEGISLATION AND I STARTED WRITING A RESOLUTION TO PUT IN FRONT OF COUNCIL AND I STARTED MAKING MEETINGS, UM, LIKE I DID SOME TIME AGO TO COME AND SPEAK TO YOU, TO, TO THIS COMMISSION, UH, TRYING TO GET SUPPORT FOR THAT.

AND AT THAT TIME, UM, I'M VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE FACT THAT YOU LISTENED AND ASKED GOOD QUESTIONS AND GAVE ENDORSEMENT OF, OF OUR RESOLUTION.

YOU CAME SHORT OF ENDORSING THE PART OF IT THAT DEALT WITH THE CULTURAL TRUST, AND THAT MADE PERFECT SENSE TO ME, UM, WHERE WE ARE NOW.

AND I NEED TO PLUG THIS COMPUTER IN.

SO YOU NEED TO GIVE ME ABOUT SEVEN SECONDS PLEASE.

[00:20:08]

UM, I FORGOT TO SAY WHERE YOU CAN FIND THE INFORMATION.

SO , IT'S AUSTIN PHOTO, COLLECTIVE.COM.

THAT'S THE WEBSITE.

YEAH.

YOU CAN FIND ALL THE INFORMATION, HOW YOU SUBSCRIBE ALL, ALL THE THINGS ARE IN SPANISH THOUGH.

SHARE WHY PLEASE.

AND THANK YOU, CHAIR.

DO WE KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON WITH, UM, OUR PRESENTER, ANTHONY? IS HE STILL THERE OR DID THAT COMPUTER BATTERY? WE WERE, I WAS GIVING HIM A MINUTE TO FIND HIS CHARGER.

WE MIGHT HIS COMPUTER, IF IT WAS RUNNING LOW, LET'S GO AHEAD AND MOVE ON.

WHEN HAROLD POPS BACK ON, WE'LL BE ABLE TO PICK UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF LET'S HE'S GONE.

YEAH, LET'S

[3. Discussion of the Art in Public Places Liaison Report by Commissioner Gray]

GO AHEAD AND MOVE ON OR GET BACK ON, ON SCHEDULE TO, UM, UH, ITEM THREE DISCUSSION OF THE ART AND PUBLIC PLACES, LIAISON REPORT WITH COMMISSIONER GRAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, FIRST I'D LIKE TO, UM, THANK THE A I P P PROGRAM MANAGER, STANCE WHITE FOR CONSOLIDATING ALL OF THE INFORMATION TOGETHER IN ONE DOCUMENT, NOT ONLY FOR OUR A I P P MEETING, BUT FOR THE COMMISSION.

IT'S.

IT'S WONDERFUL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UM, THE PANEL REVIEWED ARTISTS, UM, UH, UH, PHASE TWO OF, UH, AUSTIN BERKS FROM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TERMINAL EXPANSION.

UM, AND THERE WERE SOME QUESTIONS, UH, WITH REGARD TO THAT, SO I'M SURE THERE'S GONNA BE ANOTHER REVIEW.

UH, THERE WAS AN APPROVAL OF TWO FINAL DESIGNS, ONE, UH, UH, UH, APPROVAL OF, UH, TWO DESIGNS, ONE FOR, UM, THE AFD AND EMS STATIONS, 25 AND 10, AND ALSO FAR TENNIS CENTER.

UH, THE PANEL ALSO APPROVES THE QUARTER THREE LAUNCH OF NEW ART AND PUBLIC PLACES PROJECTS.

AND I WILL ADD THIS INCLUDES PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS, SELECTION, PROCESSES, AND BUDGETS FOR 22 UNIQUE A I P P PROJECT OPPORTUNITIES.

AND YOU WILL SEE THOSE LATER IN THE MEETING.

THAT'S MY REPORT.

WONDERFUL.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

AGREE.

I SEE, WE'VE GOT HAROLD.

HAROLD, ARE YOU BACK IN WITH US, PERHAPS? HAROLD, CAN YOU HEAR US? WE CANNOT HEAR YOU.

OKAY.

I'M GONNA KEEP ROLLING.

AND THEN HAROLD, JUST SHOUT OUT WHEN WE GOT THINGS CONNECTED.

[4. Discussion of the Austin Economic Development Corporation/Cultural Trust Advisory Committee by Austin Economic Development Corporation Board Member Carl Settles]

UM, ITEM FOUR OF THE DISCUSSION OF THE AUSTIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, A EDC CULTURAL TRUST ADVISORY COMMITTEE BY AUSTIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, BOARD MEMBER, CARL SETTLES.

HEY CARL.

HEY, ALL RIGHTY THEN.

UH, HELLO? UH, GOOD TO BE HERE.

THERE'S WE'RE STILL IN A HOLDING.

UM, NOTHING NEW HAS HAPPENED AS OF YET WITH THE, UM, WITH THE A E D C UM, STILL HAVE THE 19.7 MILLION, UH, THAT'S THAT'S PENDING.

UM, WE'RE STILL GOING THROUGH DUE DILIGENCE ON THE 14, UH, PROJECTS ON THE SHORTLIST.

UH, I BELIEVE OUR REAL ESTATE, UM, COMMITTEE IS GONNA BE MEETING THIS WEEK, UH, TO THEY'RE DOING DUE DILIGENCE, UM, ON THOSE, UM, I SUSPECT THAT, UH, A LITTLE BIT LATER ON THIS, THIS FALL, UH, WILL, WILL, WILL WE'LL GET THOSE PAIRED DOWN.

WE STILL HAVE THE, THE ADDITIONAL, UM, PROJECTS IN THE PIPELINE AND CONTINUING TO, UH, MAKE CONTACT WITH THOSE PEOPLE AS WELL.

AND I THINK THAT'S, UH, MOSTLY IT HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTION, JO MIGHT HAVE, I THINK THAT'S IT.

COMMISSIONERS.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS OUT THERE, COMMISSIONER? POLGAR NOT A QUESTION.

JUST A THANKS, CARL, FOR YOUR WORK IN THAT SPACE AND YOUR REPRESENTATION OF THE ARTS COMMUNITY ON THE AEDC BOARD.

WE REALLY APPRECIATE

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IT.

THANK YOU.

IT'S AN HONOR.

AND A PRIVILEGE HERE, HERE.

THANK YOU, CARL.

I SEE WE'VE GOT HAROLD BACK.

GO AHEAD AND PICK RIGHT UP WHERE YOU LEFT OFF.

ALL GOOD.

WE DON'T HAVE SOUND FOR YOU, HAROLD.

LET'S SEE IT.

WELL, YOU'RE GOOD ON YOUR END.

IT SHOULD BE COMING IN.

LET'S SEE.

WE HAD IT ONCE BEFORE.

UM, I'M LOOKING AT TECH AND HE SAYS YOU SHOULD BE GOOD TO GO.

LET'S SEE.

GIVE US ONE SECOND HERE.

IT SHOULD BE ON YOUR END.

DO YOU WANNA TRY, LOOK FOR THE UNMUTE? THERE'S AN ICON AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN.

YEAH, HE SEES THAT.

IS THERE ANY WAY A MASTER CONTROL? WE CAN, NO, WE DID.

IT LOOKS LIKE HE

[6. Presentation on the East Austin Creative Coalition by Harold McMillan (Part 2 of 2)]

DID THAT WORK THAT WORKED.

WE HEAR YOU.

OKAY.

DID, UH, THIS IS INDICATIVE OF MY TECHNOLOGY DAY.

I'M SITTING IN FRONT OF A ROOM AIR BECAUSE MY AIR CONDITIONING WENT OUT.

SO YOU MIGHT HEAR NOISE FROM THE FAN BEHIND MY HEAD AND THE AIR CONDITIONER.

I'M SORRY.

UH, WHERE I ENDED, UH, WHERE I ENDED UP WAS SAYING BASICALLY THAT WE WENT THROUGH THAT WORK, ESSENTIALLY POLITICAL WORK, WHICH IS NOT REALLY SOMETHING THAT I LIKE, BUT WE GOT THE RESOLUTION PASSAGE COUNCIL 10 ZERO, UH, IN SEPTEMBER.

AND THE GUTS, THE MEAT OF THE RESOLUTION IS ABOUT THE AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL HERITAGE DISTRICT WRITTEN LARGE, MORE SO THAN ANY ONE PARTICULAR ORGANIZATION OR PROJECT.

SO AFTER WE GOT THE RESOLUTION PASSED, WE WENT ABOUT ORGANIZING AN OFFICIALLY REGISTERED NONPROFIT IN THE STATE OF TEXAS.

AND WE HAVE A 5 0 1 C APPLICATION IN FRONT OF THE IRS RIGHT NOW.

UM, THE, I THINK THE OVERALL PICTURE OF, OF WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS THAT WE'RE TRYING TO BE VERY SERIOUS ABOUT USING THE TERM COALITION IN THE NAME OF THE ORGANIZATION.

SO WE ARE TRYING TO CONTACT PARTNER WITH, UH, GET INPUT FROM THE VARIOUS ART CULTURE AND PRESERVATION ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE INTEREST IN BUSINESS IN CENTRAL EAST AUSTIN, AUSTIN.

UM, SO WE'RE ORGANIZATION BUILDING RIGHT NOW, UH, LOOKING FOR FUNDING, LOOKING FOR PARTNERS, UM, LOOKING FOR FORMALITY FOR THE ORGANIZATION SO THAT WE COULD, UM, INCREASE CAPACITY TO DO WORK.

AND THAT'S KIND OF WHERE WE ARE TODAY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, HAROLD COMMISSIONERS.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS? COMMISSIONER MOCK.

HI HAROLD.

THANK YOU FOR COMING.

YES.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE READ ABOUT HOW THE CITY HAS BUDGETED A MILLION DOLLARS FOR ALL THE AFRICAN AMERICAN NONPROFITS.

WERE YOU ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT, UH, AND, AND, UM, MAYBE HELP TO MOVE THINGS FORWARD FASTER.

UM, AND I'M GOING TO TRY TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION WITH THIS LITTLE SNARK AS POSSIBLE, UM, PRESS RELEASES, UH, COME OUT AHEAD IN FRONT OF ACTION AND NO, WE'RE NOT THERE YET.

WE'RE NOT THERE YET AMONG THE THINGS THAT I'M WORKING ON RIGHT NOW IS THAT THE CITY ALLOCATED, UH, A GOOD AMOUNT OF MONEY A FEW YEARS AGO FOR PLACEMAKING AND WAY FINDING AND STREET SCAPE KIND OF EXPENSES, UH, FOR THE DISTRICTS.

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AND I HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR A FEW YEARS NOW WITH TRYING TO COMPEL THE CITY TO ACTUALLY SET UP A DIVISION, UH, FOR DISTRICTS, OUR DISTRICT AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL HERITAGE DISTRICT WAS THE FIRST DESIGNATION IN 2007.

UH, AS OF THIS YEAR, THE CITY OF, OF AUSTIN.

I THINK THEY NOW SAY THAT THERE ARE SIX DESIGNATED DISTRICTS, SO THEY ARE JUST WRAPPING UP THAT PROCESS.

UH, SO THEY'RE, THEY ARE, HOPEFULLY THEY ARE HEADED TO THIS PLACE WHERE THEY RECOGNIZE THAT, UM, WE'RE THE HOME OF THE FLAGSHIP UNIVERSITY.

THERE ARE ALL OF THESE HISTORIC SITES TIED TO POLITICAL ENTITIES IN THE STATE CAPITAL AND CETERA, ET CETERA.

UM, THERE NEEDS TO BE A DIVISION THAT DEALS WITH DISTRICTS AND PROMOTES THAT, UH, TO ENCOURAGE CULTURAL TOURISM AROUND THOSE ISSUES, BUT OUR THINKING IS AHEAD OF THEIR ACTION.

SO THAT'S THE WORK THAT THAT IS KIND OF ON THE FRONT BURNER FOR US.

WELL, THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT AND, UH, I THINK FOR YOUR PASSION AND FOR YOUR UNMUTING AND WAIVERING MARCHING FORWARD.

APPRECIATE YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER FLORES.

UM, THANK YOU FOR RECOGNIZING ME.

THANK YOU, HAROLD SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR WORK OVER THE YEARS.

UH, AND I'M SO HAPPY YOU ARE WHERE YOU ARE.

AND CONGRATULATIONS.

ALSO, I LOOK FORWARD TO EMULATING SUCH FOR A HISPANIC, UH, CULTURAL DISTRICT IN THE COMMUNITY AS WELL.

SO LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU.

UH, I WILL HOPEFULLY BE IN THE LEGISLATURE IT'S JANUARY, AND WE'LL BE LOOKING AT, UH, THINGS THAT WE CAN DO AT THE STATE LEVEL TO GET SOME, UH, HELP IN THE AUSTIN AREA REGARDING CULTURAL DISTRICTS IN PARTICULAR, ONE FOR HER HISPANIC DISTRICT, WHICH WHO'S ALSO BEEN DISAPPEARING RAPIDLY, UM, AND ALL THE OTHER GROUPS THAT, THAT NEED SUCH RECOGNITION.

SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK AND YOUR LEADERSHIP, AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

I, I, I APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENT.

AND JUST, UH, KIND OF A FUNNY ASIDE IS THAT IN THE LAST MEETING THAT I HAD WITH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE FOLKS THAT ARE CHARGED WITH WORKING ON THE DISTRICTS, I BROUGHT UP THE FACT TO THEM THAT WE GOT THE DESIGNATION IN 2007, BUT THERE ARE ACTUAL SIGNS NOW, DOWNTOWN AND EAST OF I 35 THAT SAYS PROCLAIMS MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CORRIDOR.

AND I'M LIKE, WHERE WE SUPPOSED TO BE FIRST, YOU KNOW, SO IT, IT SHOULD NOT, I DON'T THINK IT SHOULD BE ALL OF THIS POLITICAL STUFF IT'S LIKE THERE'S WORK TO DO.

AND THERE NEEDS TO BE A TASK LIST AND WE JUST NEED TO BE WORKING.

AND IT'S VERY FRUSTRATING.

THE TIMELINE ROADBLOCKS THAT THE CITY HAS ABOUT GETTING WORK DONE.

THAT'S ALL COMMISSIONERS, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FOR HAROLD WHILE WE HAVE HIM? OKAY.

THANK YOU HAROLD.

VERY MUCH FOR BEING HERE AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK WITHIN THE COMMUNITY.

I'M HOPING TO, UM, CIRCLE BACK WITH YOU AND ANY TIME THERE ARE UPDATES, I KNOW WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT THEM AB ABSOLUTELY.

AND IF YOU CAN PASS ALONG MY PHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS, UM, I, ESPECIALLY WITH THE LATINO, THE MEXICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY AT EAST AUSTIN, UH, I WELCOME CONVERSATIONS THAT SPEAK ABOUT COLLABORATION BECAUSE THE, YOU KNOW, CITY ORDINANCE, THE CITY PLAN OF 28, WASN'T JUST ABOUT BLACK FOLKS.

IT WAS ABOUT BROWN FOLKS TOO.

AND WE NEED TO, I THINK WE NEED TO ADDRESS THOSE ISSUES TOGETHER AT WHATEVER PARTS OF INTERSECTION WE CAN FIND.

ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL.

WELL, THANK YOU AGAIN FOR BEING HERE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

I APPRECIATE IT.

HAVE A GREAT NIGHT.

YOU TOO, WITH THAT, WE CAN MOVE ON TO THE DISCUSSION OF DOWNTOWN COMMISSION WITH COMMISSIONER MOCK.

HELLO.

UM, I I'M, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION MEETING ON WEDNESDAY.

SO AT THIS POINT I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO REPORT, SO STAY TUNED, BUT, UM, MAYBE TOWARDS THE END, WHEN WE ARE LOOKING AT, UM, UH, AGENDA ITEMS, I WOULD LIKE

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TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO A, UH, GREENWAY PROJECT THAT IS, UH, YOU KNOW, ALSO, YOU KNOW, ASSOCIATED WITH, WITH THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AS WELL.

SO I CAN, I CAN, UM, HOLD ON UNTIL LATER, BUT AS FOR, UH, DOWNTOWN COMMISSION, WE, WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL I HAVE THE MEETING.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER MOCK.

[7. Presentation by Faiza Kracheni of Motion Media Arts Center (Austin School of Film & Austin Cinemaker Space) regarding an update on the organization and services offered ]

I TAKE THIS TO ITEM SEVEN PRESENTATION BY FAIA.

OH, EXCUSE ME.

CROTCH OF MOTION, MEDIA ART CENTER, AUSTIN SCHOOL OF FILM AND AUSTIN SY MAKER SPACE REGARDING AN UPDATE ON THE ORGANIZATION AND SERVICES OFFERED.

FORGIVE ME IF I MISPRONOUNCE YOUR LAST NAME, YOU ACTUALLY SAID IT PERFECTLY.

OH MY .

UM, SO BEFORE I GET STARTED WITH THE PRESENTATION, I JUST WANNA TAKE A MOMENT AND INTRODUCE MYSELF TO YOU ALL.

SO MY NAME IS FAA CHEI.

UM, I AM A MEXICAN AND ARAB AMERICAN BORN AND RAISED IN EAST AUSTIN.

UM, AND THIS ORGANIZATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME PERSONALLY, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT, UM, DISPLACEMENT, UH, BARRIERS AND BORDERS, JUST WITHIN ALL OF SECTORS OF THE CITY, NOT JUST THE ARTS, UM, IT IS A LIVED EXPERIENCE FOR ME, UM, AS SOMEONE WHO GREW UP IN EAST AUSTIN, UM, AS SOMEONE WHO HAD A FAMILY THAT WAS DISPLACED AS SOMEONE WHO HAD A FAMILY THAT BUILT THEIR HOUSE IN THE 1940S, AND NOW THE PROPERTY IS VALUED OVER $2 MILLION.

SO IT IS SOMETHING THAT IS A LIVED EXPERIENCE FOR ME.

UM, AND IT'S WHY THIS ORGANIZATION AND THESE PROGRAMS ARE VERY VITAL TO THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY, BUT SPECIFICALLY IN EAST AUSTIN, WHICH IS WHERE WE'RE SITUATED.

UM, SO JUST SO YOU HAVE SOME CONTEXT NOW ON WHO I AM, I'M ALSO AN ARTIST AND A FILMMAKER AND A MUSICIAN.

UM, IF YOU TALK TO ANYONE WITHIN THE ARTS WHO IS CURRENTLY MAKING, THERE ARE PROBABLY THREE TO FOUR THINGS.

UM, ARTISTS IS A CATCHALL.

UM, I'VE PLAYED SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST.

I'VE HAD FILMS AND FESTIVALS AROUND THE ENTIRE WORLD, I'VE TOURED THE ENTIRE WORLD.

UM, AND SO JUST TO KIND OF GIVE SOME PERSONAL CONTEXT TO WHAT THIS MISSION IS, WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO ME, WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY.

UM, SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO HERE IS THE PROGRAM.

OH, WOW, THIS IS REALLY HELPFUL DOWN HERE.

I JUST NOTICED IT.

UM, SO WE ARE THE MOTION MEDIA ART CENTER.

WE RUN AUSTIN SCHOOL OF FILM, WHICH IS A 20 YEAR RUNNING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM IN EAST AUSTIN.

THAT'S OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

SO IT'S VERY MUCH A COMMUNITY FILM SCHOOL.

AND IN 2015, WE LAUNCHED AUSTIN CINEMA MAKER SPACE, WHICH I'LL GET MORE INTO IN A BIT.

UM, BUT FOR, UM, TRANS TRANSPARENCY'S SAKE, WE HAVE EDUCATION WORKSPACES, FILM, AND VIDEO STUDIOS.

AND IN ALL AGES ARTS VENUE, IF WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO THIS IS LIKE A TIMELINE FOR CONTEXT.

OBVIOUSLY I, YOU KNOW, COULDN'T FIT EVERYTHING IN FOUR SQUARES.

UM, BUT JUST TO KIND OF GIVE YOU A VISUAL REPRESENTATION, UM, SOME FURTHER CONTEXT AS THE ORGANIZATION WAS STARTED ACTUALLY IN THE NINETIES, AND IT WAS TWO EXISTING ORGANIZATIONS CENTER FOR YOUNG CINEMA, WHICH WAS THE FIRST YEAR ROUND FILM PROGRAM FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES.

AND THEN, UM, CINEMA MAKER CO-OP OR AUSTIN CINEMA MAKER CO-OP, WHICH IS WHERE WE GET THE NAME AUSTIN CINEMA MAKER SPACE FROM THAT WAS A COLLECTIVE OF ARTISTS THAT DID SKILL SHARING WORKSHOPS, UM, AND SCREENINGS AND PUBLIC EVENTS.

UM, SO THEY WERE BOTH DOING THESE PROGRAMS AND THEY WERE ACTUALLY HOUSED IN THE SAME FACILITY IN EAST AUSTIN, AND THEY MERGED TO CREATE AUSTIN'S FIRST MEDIA ART CENTER, MOTION MEDIA ART CENTER IN 2002.

UM, WE FORMALLY KIND OF DID A DBA IN 2004 TO AUSTIN SCHOOL FILM.

AND SIMPLY BECAUSE THE WORD MEDIA ARTS WAS A VERY NEW TERM, UM, AND PEOPLE DIDN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT IT WAS, YOU KNOW, THEY MIGHT HAVE THOUGHT IT WAS A NEWSPAPER OR SOMETHING THAT WAS MORE JOURNALISM BASED.

UM, SO AUSTIN SCHOOL OF FILM WAS SIMPLY PUT, UM, WE'RE FIRM BELIEVE BELIEVERS IN USING ACCESSIBLE LANGUAGE, BECAUSE IF YOU'RE CREATING ACCESSIBLE PROGRAMS FOR THE COMMUNITY, BUT THE LANGUAGE IS NOT ACCESSIBLE, THEN WHO ARE YOUR PROGRAMS FOR? UM, SO AUSTIN SCHOOL OF FILM, UM, AS I STATED AS A COMMUNITY FILM SCHOOL, WE PROVIDE YEAR ROUND EDUCATION FOR ALL AGES.

SO ANYONE CAN TAKE A CLASS WITH US.

THERE ARE NO KIND OF INSTITUTIONAL BARRIERS ON TAKING A CLASS.

WE ALSO HAVE SCHOLARSHIPS AND PAYMENT PLANS, AND ALL OF OUR CLASSES ARE TAUGHT BY INDUSTRY INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS.

AND OUR ADULT PROGRAMS ARE ACTUALLY CERTIFIED WITH A TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY FOR CONTINUED PROFESSIONAL CREDITS.

SO WE HAVE FOLKS THAT ACTUALLY COME FROM ALL OVER TEXAS TO TAKE CLASSES WITH US.

UM, AND SO WE TEACH EVERYTHING FROM FILM PRODUCTION TO POST-PRODUCTION SOFTWARE TRAINING.

WE'RE THE ONLY CERTIFIED TRAINING CENTER IN ALL OF TEXAS.

IT'S OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR DAVIN RESOLVE, WHICH IS A VERY, UM, REVOLUTIONARY EDITING PROGRAM, UM, FOR

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VIDEO AND COLOR GRADING.

UM, SO YEAH, AND THEN IN 2014, UM, WE STARTED DOING BETA TESTING, UM, TO BE, TO BEGIN AUSTIN CINEMA MAKER SPACE, WHICH IS AN AFFORDABLE WORKSPACE IN ART STUDIO PROGRAM.

AND THE REASON FOR THIS IS VERY SIMPLE, UM, YOU KNOW, AS AN EAST AUSTIN NATIVE AND AS SOMEBODY WHO BENEFITS FROM PROGRAMMINGS LIKE THIS, UM, I WAS SEEING THAT THERE WASN'T ANY PLACE IN AUSTIN THAT WAS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC WHERE PEOPLE COULD ACTUALLY CONTINUE THEIR CRAFT AND WORK AT IT AND ALSO HAVE ACCESS TO TOOLS.

AND I'M NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT IN FILM, I'M TALKING ABOUT MULTIDISCIPLINARY.

SO IN THE ARTS, UM, SO IN 2014, WE KIND OF STARTED DOING OUR BETA TESTING, GETTING COMMUNITY FEEDBACK, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT WE CONTINUE TO DO.

AND THEN IN 2015, WE OPENED UP 2200 TILLERY STREET, WHICH IS A 12,000 SQUARE FOOT FLEXIBLE ART SPACE FOR THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY.

UM, WE COMPLETELY BUILT OUT THIS SPACE AND SELF-FUNDED THE BUILD OUT FOR THIS BUILDING? UM, IT WAS AN OLD SCREENWRITING, UH, SCREENWRITING MY FILM BRAIN, UM, SCREEN PRINTING WAREHOUSE.

UM, AND IT WAS ABANDONED.

THERE WAS GRAFFITI EVERYWHERE THE COPPER WIRE HAD BEEN STOLEN.

UM, SO WE HAD TO PUT A LOT OF LOVE INTO IT.

AND SOMETHING THAT I DO WANNA NOTE IS THIS SPACE IS EVOLVING AS THE NEEDS CHANGE IN THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY, THE SPACE CHANGES.

SO IT IS, I DON'T USE THE TERM FLEXIBLE LIGHTLY.

LIKE IT IS QUITE LITERAL, A FLEXIBLE SPACE WITH MOBILE WALLS.

UM, OUR CLASSROOMS ARE HYBRIDS, WHICH YOU WILL SEE IF WE GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE DIDN'T MEAN TO CL .

UM, SO THIS IS OUR MISSION.

UM, SO I'VE KIND OF SAID THIS IN A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT WORDS, BUT I THINK, UH, SEEING THE MISSION ON THE SCREEN ALSO SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.

SO WE'RE NOT JUST A FILM SCHOOL, WE'RE NOT JUST A STUDIO SPACE.

WE PROVIDE EDUCATION INCUBATION AND PUBLIC EVENTS THROUGH A SERIES OF PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE, AND AT THE ROOT OF IT ALL, IT'S TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES, UM, IN THE ARTS, BY BREAKING BORDERS AND BARRIERS THAT ARE INSTITUTIONALLY THERE, THAT, THAT BAR PEOPLE FROM ACCESS.

NEXT SLIDE.

UM, I'VE ALREADY SAID THIS LIKE FIVE TIMES, SO NEXT SLIDE.

UM, OKAY, SO THE PROGRAM, SO WE'RE GONNA KIND OF BREAK IT DOWN A LITTLE BIT.

SO IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, UM, SO AUSTIN SCHOOL OF FILM, WE, WE HAVE ABOUT 5,000 STUDENTS PER YEAR THAT COME THROUGH OUR DOORS FOR CLASSES.

UM, AND ABOUT 80% OF OUR PROGRAMS ARE FOR ADULTS AND 20% FOR YOUTH.

UM, WE DO GET FOLKS, UM, FROM OUTSIDE OF AUSTIN, WE DO GET FOLKS FROM OUTSIDE OF TEXAS, AND THEN WE ALSO GET FOLKS FROM ALL AROUND THE US AND THEN EVEN INTERNATIONALLY.

UM, SO WE HAVE AROUND 250 TO 300 CLASSES, YEAR ROUND THAT ARE SHORT AND LONG TERM.

SO WHAT THAT MEANS IS WE HAVE WEEKEND WORKSHOPS THAT ARE MORE TRAINING ORIENTED, AND THEN WE HAVE LONGER FORM CLASSES WHERE YOU ACTUALLY CREATE A FILM OR CREATE A PIECE OF ART, AND THEN YOU PRESENT IT TO THE PUBLIC NEXT SLIDE.

UM, SO THIS IS KIND OF A BREAKDOWN.

UM, SO YEAR ON CLASSES, WE ALSO HAVE A CERTIFICATE PROGRAM FOR ADULTS.

UM, WE ALSO HAVE THE YEAR ROUND PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH AND THE SAME KIND OF SPECIALTIES.

WE ALSO HAVE LAUNCHED A FREE ANNUAL THREE MONTH FILM PRODUCTION INTENSIVE FOR THOSE OVER THE AGE OF 18.

AND SIMPLY PUT WHAT THAT IS, IS IT'S A KIND OF LIKE CLASS RESIDENCY HYBRID, WHERE WE GIVE, UM, PEOPLE APPLY AND THEN WE GIVE THEM ACCESS TO EDUCATORS, BUT ALSO TOOLS AND MATERIALS TO CREATE A SHORT FILM, UM, THAT IS FESTIVAL READY.

AND WE ALSO HAVE CERTIFIED TRAINING IN MEDIA SOFTWARE.

SO EVERYTHING FROM THE ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD, CINEMA, 4D, DAVINCI RESOLVE PREMIER PRO, ET CETERA.

AND THEN LASTLY, WE PARTNER WITH, UM, AREA ORGANIZATIONS.

UM, SO SOME OF THEM ARE LIKE, ELWEN SAMANO WE DO A YEAR ROUND, UH, YOUTH MEDIA PROGRAM WITH THEM THAT IS KIND OF SPANNING LIKE PHOTOGRAPHY ANIMATION FILM.

WE JUST WRAPPED A PARTNERSHIP WITH SAFE THIS SUMMER, CREATIVE ACTION, HEADWATERS LAGUNA, GLORIA THIS PAST, UH, OH, YESTERDAY, YESTERDAY I WAS AT THE CONTEMPORARY AND WE DID A DROP IN WORKSHOP ON 16 MILLIMETERS.

SO ANALOG.

SO THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I HAVEN'T MENTIONED IS THAT WE, UM, ALSO HAVE A VERY ROBUST ANALOG FILMMAKING COMPONENT.

SO WE TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO SHOOT ON 16 MILLIMETER AND SUPER EIGHT CAMERAS AND ALSO DEVELOP THEIR OWN FILM, WHICH IS MORE ECONOMICAL THAN SENDING IT OFF, WHICH GETS VERY, VERY EXPENSIVE, VERY FAST.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO THESE ARE SOME PICTURES TO PUT, LIKE SOME WORDS, UM, ARE SOME IMAGES TO MY WORDS.

UM, SO THIS IS A COHORT FOR DIGITAL FILMMAKING, WHICH IS AN EIGHT WEEK ENTRY LEVEL, UH, PRODUCTION CLASS.

AND THIS WAS OUR COHORT IN FALL OF 2021.

SO ALL OF THESE PICTURES ARE RECENT, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS IMPORTANT.

NEXT SLIDE.

UM, THIS IS A SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP WORKSHOP WHERE SOMEONE IS BEING TURNED INTO A WOL THAT IS IN OUR BLACK BOX STUDIO.

NEXT SLIDE.

THESE ARE SOME

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VARIOUS TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS.

SO WE HAVE A CINEMA CAMERA WORKSHOP ON THE LEFT, WHICH ARE, UM, MOTION, PICTURE CAMERAS THAT YOU USE FOR FILMING.

AND THEN ON THE RIGHT, WE HAVE A, UH, INTRO TO SOUND RECORDING FOR FILM AND VIDEO WORKSHOP.

NEXT SLIDE.

UM, THESE ARE SOME YOUTH PROGRAMS. SO ON THE LEFT, WE HAVE OUR SUMMER CAMPS AND ON THE RIGHT, WE HAVE ELWEN NEXT SLIDE.

AND THEN THIS PICTURE WAS ACTUALLY TAKEN ONE WEEK AGO TODAY.

UM, THIS IS OUR, UH, FALL 2022 COHORT FOR OUR DIGITAL FILMMAKING CLASS.

SO THE SAME CLASS THAT YOU SAW THE PICTURE FROM A YEAR AGO, AT FIRST, YOU'RE SEEING THE NEWEST PICTURE, NEXT SLIDE.

SO THIS IS WHAT AUSTIN CINEMA MAKER SPACE IS.

UM, SO THIS IS A NEWER PROGRAM, SO IT'S A, LOWCOST FREE PUBLIC WORKSPACE AND STUDIO PROGRAM PROVIDING EITHER MONTHLY OR DROP IN ACCESS TO EQUIPMENT.

SO WHAT THAT MEANS IS YOU CAN HAVE A MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP OR YOU CAN JUST DROP IN AND HAVE ACCESS TO IT.

UM, YOU HAVE ACCESS TO EQUIPMENT, RESOURCES, VIDEO, AND PHOTO STUDIOS, PUBLIC EVENTS ARE ALWAYS FREE.

AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE AN ALL AGES ARTS VENUE, INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS CAN BOOK FILMMAKERS, CAN BOOK FILMMAKERS OR CREATIVES OR SMALL BUSINESSES, AND IT'S SLIDING SCALE.

SO FOR, UM, INDIVIDUALS, UM, IT'S TYPICALLY FREE.

WE DONATE THIS SPACE AND FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, WE DO A SLIDING SCALE DEPENDING ON KIND OF WHAT THE EVENT IS, UM, AND WHAT IT IS IS IT'S A HYBRID.

SO IT'S DESIGNED AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO TRADITIONAL STUDIO SPACES AND COWORKING SPACES.

SO IT'S LIKE COMBINING THOSE TWO THINGS AND THEN ALSO CUSTOMIZING IT TO THE ARTS.

UM, SO IT'S LIKE BY DAY IT'S A CO-WORKING SPACE BY NIGHT, IT'S A VENUE SORT OF THING.

UM, LET'S GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO THIS KIND OF SHOWS, UM, A BREAKDOWN OF WHAT IT IS.

SO AS I SAID, MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP OR DROP IN RATES, UM, WE ALSO SPONSOR ARTISTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES.

SO RIGHT NOW WE HAVE 37 LOCAL SPONSORED ARTISTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES THAT GET COMPLETELY FREE ACCESS TO THIS PROGRAM.

WE ALSO HAVE A LOCAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM CALLED ARTISTS IN MOTION THAT PROVIDES A PLATFORM FOR ARTISTS WHO HAVE NEVER EXHIBITED WORK, UM, PRIMARILY THOSE IN THE BIPO COMMUNITY AND ALSO KIND OF LIKE REDEFINING WHAT WE FIND MUSEUM WORTHY AND CREATING SPACES FOR PEOPLE THAT DON'T FIT WITHIN THOSE BOXES.

UM, ACCESS TO FOUR STUDIO SPACES RANGING FROM 225 TO 730 SQUARE FEET WITH EQUIPMENT ACCESSORIES AND ESSENTIALS.

AND THEN OUR CO-WORKING SLASH VENUE SPACE IS 4,300 SQUARE FEET.

AND WE PARTNER WITH A LOT OF DIFFERENT LOCAL BUSINESSES TO PRODUCE FREE PUBLIC MEDIA ARTS EVENTS, YEAR ROUND.

SO LIKE EXHIBITION SCREENINGS, LOW PRESSURE LEARNING, LIKE WHAT WE DID WITH THE CONTEMPORARY YESTERDAY.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO THESE ARE SOME PICTURES.

UM, SO WE HAVE A MUSIC VIDEO SHOOT ON THE LEFT, AND THEN WE HAVE TRANS TEXAS ON THE RIGHT THAT WAS DOING KIND OF AN INTERVIEW SERIES.

NEXT SLIDE.

UM, THIS IS TWO WILDLY DIFFERENT THINGS FROM THE FIRST SLIDE.

SO WE HAVE LADY EARTH, UH, MUSIC VIDEO, UM, THIS IS OF THE FINAL PRODUCT.

AND THEN ON THE RIGHT, WE HAVE A PHOTO SHOOT WITH A LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS CALLED WHISKEY RIVER VINTAGE.

SO ON THE LEFT HERE, WE HAVE TANYA PENNY WHO IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, AND SHE RUNS DANCE, AFRICA FEST AND LANAIA DRUM AND DANCE.

SHE'S ALSO A MEMBER OF AUSTIN CINEMA MAKER SPACE.

SO SHE WAS DOING SOME INTERVIEWS HERE.

AND THEN ON THE RIGHT, WE HAVE ISAAC RORY WHO IS A LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER DOING A SHOOT WITH A MODEL.

SO THIS SPACE, NEXT SLIDE.

SO THIS IS WHERE WE ARE 2200 TILLERY.

I WILL BE HONEST.

I TOOK THIS SCREENSHOT A WHILE AGO, SO IT MAY EVEN LOOK DIFFERENT NOW WITH HOW EVERYTHING'S BEING BUILT UP, BUT YOU CAN KIND OF GET SOME CONTEXT TO WHERE IT IS NEXT SLIDE.

SO THIS IS THE LAYOUT OF OUR SPACE, JUST SO YOU CAN KIND OF PUT A VISION TO, UM, THE PHOTOS THAT YOU JUST SAW.

SO I'LL JUST GIVE THAT LIKE A COUPLE SECONDS.

ALL RIGHT.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO THESE ARE SOME EVENTS THAT WE'VE HAD.

SO WE HAVE ANER IMMERSIVE DIGITAL ARTS EXHIBITION.

THAT WAS FROM RIGHT BEFORE THE PANDEMIC ON THE LEFT AND ON THE RIGHT.

WE HAVE A, UM, EVENT THAT WE DID THAT WE HOSTED BY FRANK WOMAN COLLECTIVE, WHICH IS A MULTIDISCIPLINARY, UM, ARTS COLLECTIVE THAT DOES ALL KINDS OF SHOWS IN AUSTIN.

NEXT SLIDE THIS IS EXPLODED DRAWING, WHICH IS A NONPROFIT IN AUSTIN THAT DOES, UM, SOME REALLY COOL EVENTS THAT BLEND MEDIA AND MUSIC.

NEXT SLIDE.

THIS IS AN, UH, FASHION SHOW ALSO HAPPENING IN THIS SPACE.

NEXT SLIDE.

THIS IS MAMA DUKE, WHO IS JUST ON THE COVER OF THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE, UM, THIS SUMMER.

AND THEY SHOT THE COVER AT AUSTIN SY MAKER SPACE.

AND THEN ON THE RIGHT, WE HAVE A PHOTO FROM AN EVENT THAT WE JUST HAD LAST MONTH CALLED ANALOG NIGHT, WHERE EVERYBODY SHOT

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ON ANALOG PHOTOS.

AND THIS IS ONE OF THE PHOTOS BY ONE OF THE ATTENDEES.

SO THESE ARE THE EXACT SAME SPACES, BUT NOW WITH EDUCATION, AND THE REASON WHY I DID THIS IS I WANT YOU TO SEE HOW OOPS, HOW FLEXIBLE THEY ARE.

UM, SO ON THE LEFT, YOU'RE SEEING A CAMERA WORKSHOP IN OUR WHITE BOX CLASSROOM HYBRID, AND THEN ON THE RIGHT, YOU'RE SEEING L BLEND IN THE SAME, UH, GALLERY SPACE.

NEXT SLIDE.

NOW YOU'RE SEEING THE BTS OF THE LADY EARTH MUSIC VIDEO THAT YOU SAW THIS STILL FROM, UM, THAT IS IN OUR BLACK BOX STUDIO SLASH CLASSROOM, AND THEN ANOTHER MUSIC VIDEO IN THE SAME STUDIO SPACE, THE SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP, WHICH YOU SAW EARLIER, AND THEN A YOUTH WORKSHOP IN THE BLACK BOX.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND THAT'S IT.

THAT IS OUR SPACE.

WOW.

PERFECT TIMING.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UM, DEFINITELY A ROBUST SPACE AND GLAD TO KNOW SORT OF THE SCOPE OF, OF EVERYTHING THAT YOU GUYS OFFER, WHICH SEEMS JUST LIKE IMMENSE, UM, COMMISSIONERS, ANY QUESTIONS? COMMISSIONER MARK, MS. .

UM, THAT'S AMAZING.

I DUNNO WHY I HAVE LIVED IN AUSTIN SINCE 1983 AND HAVE THOUGHT HURT ABOUT YOU.

UM, SO YOU HAVE DONE AMAZING, GOOD WORK.

SO I'M WONDERING WHAT IS A NONPROFIT, RIGHT.

SO WHAT IS YOUR ANNUAL BUDGET TO RUN THIS NONPROFIT? YEAH, SO OUR ANNUAL ANNUAL BUDGET IS UNDER A MILLION DOLLARS, SO IT'S RIGHT AROUND SEVEN 50 AND, AND YOU OWN ALL THIS SPACE.

OH, I WISH WE DID.

UM, SO OUR RENT FOR FULL TRANSPARENCY IS $22,000 A MONTH, $22,000.

YEAH.

SO HOW BIG, I'M SORRY.

I'M JUST, YOU KNOW, HOW BIG IS YOUR BOARD? AND I MEAN, THE REASON WHY I'M ASKING ALL THESE QUESTION IS I WANT YOU TO, TO BE IN THE POSITION THAT YOU CAN SUSTAIN YOURSELF, YOU KNOW? AND SO, UH, THAT'S AN OPPORTUNITY HERE, I THINK IN AUSTIN, UH, THERE WAS A TALK ABOUT HAVING THE SECOND HOLLYWOOD MOVE INTO TOWN.

SO, UM, AND I ALSO SERVE ON THE BOARD OF THE AUSTIN PBS, AND THEN WE JUST HAVE A, A NEW, UH, AUSTIN MEDIA CENTER AT THE ACC, UH, HIGHLAND CAMPUS.

SO I'M WONDERING, UM, DO YOU, UH, OR ARE YOU CONNECTED WITH THE AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY NOW WITH THE, UH, THE AUSTIN MEDIA CENTER AND, UH, ARE YOU SERVE ON THE BOARD OF A CTV? YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW IF THEY STILL EXIST, BUT THEY HAVE THREE LOCAL CHANNELS.

UM, SO I'M JUST THINKING WITH ALL YOUR EDUCATION, ALL THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE TRAINED, UH, WHERE DO YOU SHOWCASE THEIR PRODUCTS? YEAH.

SO TO KIND OF ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS, UM, IN THE ORDER THAT THEY WERE ASKED, SO OUR BOARD IS SMALL IT'S OF SIX, UM, SIX BOARD MEMBERS.

AND SOMETHING THAT I'M REALLY PROUD OF IS OUR BUSINESS MODEL, UM, WHICH WE ARE SELF SUSTAINING, OBVIOUSLY WHEN IT COMES TO COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE, THAT'S A WHOLE ENTIRELY DIFFERENT BEAST AND THE AFFORDABILITY AND ITS SUSTAINABILITY IN AUSTIN FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND INDEPENDENT ARTISTS IS THIS INCREDIBLY SCARY LANDSCAPE.

UM, BUT WE SURVIVED THROUGH THE PANDEMIC THROUGH OUR WORK THAT WE DO, AND WE HAVE THIS VERY UNIQUE, UH, BUSINESS MODEL THAT I WON'T GO INTO TOO MANY DETAILS ON, UM, WHERE WE WERE ABLE TO DO THAT.

SO I'M REALLY PROUD OF OUR STAFF.

I'M REALLY PROUD OF OUR BOARD FOR IMPLEMENTING THAT EARLY ON.

I'VE BEEN WITH THE ORGANIZATION FOR 10 YEARS.

UM, I'VE COME IN, UH, I'VE COME IN FRONT OF THE COMMISSION MANY TIMES.

UM, AND SO I THINK THAT THERE IS OFTEN CONFUSION WITH THE AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY, WHICH IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ORGANIZATION.

WE ARE OUR OWN ENTITY.

WE HAVE BEEN OUR OWN ENTITY.

WE HAVE BEEN ROOTED IN EAST AUSTIN.

I HAVE BEEN A CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND A, AND A WOMAN OF COLOR IN A LEADERSHIP POSITION AT THIS ORGANIZATION FOR QUITE SOME TIME.

AND THE REASON WHY I'M GETTING KIND OF PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS IS BECAUSE THIS IS THE VERY REASON WHY I'M HERE BECAUSE PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE OFTEN FORGOTTEN.

UM, AND THEIR WORK GOES UNNOTICED, EVEN THOUGH, YOU KNOW, THE SCALE OF OUR WORK IS LARGE, IT GOES UNNOTICED.

WE DON'T HAVE CELEBRITIES BACKING US.

WE DON'T HAVE, YOU KNOW, REALLY RICH BOARD MEMBERS THAT DONATE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.

WE'VE BOOTSTRAPPED THIS ORGANIZATION AND WE'VE GROWN ORGANICALLY THROUGH COMMUNITY SUPPORT, WHICH I THINK IS REALLY, REALLY IMPACTFUL.

UM, AND IS SOMETHING THAT CHANGED MY LIFE.

I'M ALMOST 35 YEARS OLD.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, THIS ORGANIZATION WAS AN ORGANIZATION

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THAT HELPED ME WHEN I WAS IN MY TWENTIES.

UM, AND IT HELPED ME BUILD THE CAREER I HAVE TODAY AND THE COMMUNITY THAT I HAVE TODAY.

SO, UM, WE DON'T HAVE AN AFFILIATION WITH AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY.

WE ARE NOT, I'M A PART OF AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE OR ANY OF THOSE.

WE ARE VERY ROOTED IN INDEPENDENT ARTISTS TELLING THEIR STORY AND PEOPLE GETTING JOB TRAINING AND ALSO SKILLS TO TELL, MAKE MEANINGFUL ART AND TELL THEIR STORIES.

SO WE DO HAVE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC EVENTS.

UM, OUR EVENTS USUALLY RANGE FROM A HUNDRED TO 300 PEOPLE.

OUR ANALOG EVENT THAT WE HAD LAST MONTH HAD 250 PEOPLE THAT CAME TO IT.

UM, SO WE'RE HERE, WE'RE IN EAST AUSTIN.

WE'VE BEEN HERE AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO BE HERE.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER MONA.

I WANNA MAKE SURE I HAVE THE MIC ON YAY.

WELL, CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS WONDERFUL SPACE.

AND ALSO JUST BEING ABLE TO ARTICULATE EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO THERE IT'S REALLY AMAZING AND INSPIRING.

SO I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS.

UH, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT STOOD OUT TO ME WAS THE SLIDING FEE SCALE.

SO I'M JUST INTERESTED IN KNOWING OUT OF YOUR CONSUMERS THAT COME AND USE THE SPACE.

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THOSE ARE USING THE SLIDING SKI, THE, THE SLIDING FEE SCALE, ALL OF THEM, THEM OKAY.

UH, MY NEXT QUESTION IS FOR THE APPLICATION CYCLE, DO YOU HAVE A WAITING LIST? UH, WHAT DOES THE APPLICATION CYCLE KIND OF LOOK LIKE? THERE'S NO APPLICATION, THERE'S ONLY AN APPLICATION FOR THE, UH, FILM INTENSIVE IN THE SUMMER, WHICH WILL OPEN UP THAT APPLICATION IN THE FUTURE.

SO WHEN I SAY WE'RE ACCESSIBLE, WE ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, UM, TO JOIN AUSTIN CINEMA MAKER SPACE.

THE SIMPLE ASK IS TO SCHEDULE A TOUR SO THAT THERE'S TRANSPARENCY ON OUR SERVICES AND WHAT WE OFFER AND HOW OUR SCHEDULING SYSTEM WORKS, UM, BECAUSE IT IS VERY UNIQUE AND I'M SUPER PROUD OF IT.

UM, AND JUST KIND OF MAKING SURE THAT THE PERSON'S A RIGHT FIT FOR THIS SPACE.

LIKE HOW DO THEY WANNA USE UTILIZE THIS SPACE? BECAUSE WE HAVE A NUMBER OF THEATER GROUPS THAT USE THIS SPACE, LIKE PINFOLD THEATER FI I ALWAYS SAY IT WRONG, FILIGREE THEATER THEATER, I'M SAYING IT WRONG ANYWAY.

UM, LUCKY CHAOS.

THEY DO REHEARSALS AND TABLE READS.

WE HAVE DANCE GROUPS LIKE BLIP SWITCH, USE IT FOR REHEARSALS.

WE HAVE, UH, FILMMAKERS DO SCREENINGS.

WE HAVE INDEPENDENT ARTISTS DO, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY DO IN THE STUDIO.

WE HAVE LOTS OF PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT DO WORK AS WELL.

UM, SO IT'S DIFFERENT FOR EVERY PERSON BECAUSE IT, IT VERY MUCH IS A MULTIDISCIPLINARY ART SPACE.

SO NO APPLICATION FOR CLASSES EITHER YOU CAN EITHER JUST SIGN UP ON THE WEBSITE.

WE ALSO DO PAYMENT PLANS, SLIDING SCALE, AND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THOSE, WHICH ALL THAT INFORMATION IS ON THE WEBSITE AS WELL.

AND I JUST HAVE A LAST QUESTION.

SO YOU TOUCHED ON DISPLACEMENT.

SO HOW LONG IS YOUR LEASE FOR IF THAT'S SOMETHING YOU'RE COMFORTABLE SHARING AND IS YOUR GOAL ULTIMATELY TO OWN THE SPACE AND WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION? YES.

UM, I AM ALL ABOUT TRANSPARENCY.

SO WE SIGNED OUR LEASE OCTOBER 1ST OF, UH, 2015 AND WE HAD TWO, FIVE YEAR TERMS, ONE, ACTUALLY, ONE OF THE TERMS CAME UP DURING THE PANDEMIC AND IT WAS EITHER MOVE OUT OR SIGN IT, WHICH IS REALLY SCARY, WHICH IS WHY I'M SO INCREDIBLY PROUD OF EVERYONE AT THE ORGANIZATION.

WE MADE IT THROUGH AND WE PAID OUR RENT .

UM, AND SO OBVIOUSLY $22,000 IS NOT AN EASY FEAT WHATSOEVER TO, TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.

SO OUR SECOND TERM WILL END IN 2025 AND THEN IT GOES TO MARKET RATE.

SO WHEN I'VE COME TO THE, UM, ARTS COMMISSION MEETINGS IN THE PAST, I WAS BASICALLY UPDATING THEM ON THE SPACE.

WE HAVE THE RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL.

UM, AND SO WE WANT TO OWN THIS BUILDING.

WE'VE PUT IN PROBABLY CLOSE TO A MILLION DOLLARS, IF NOT MORE INTO IT, WE'VE PUT IN HALF A MILLION IN JUST THE BUILD OUT AND JUST WHAT WE'VE DONE OVER THE YEARS TO MAKE IT WHAT IT IS AND CONTINUE TO DO.

UM, IT WOULD BE VERY DEVASTATING TO HAVE TO EITHER PAY MARKET RATE, WHICH WHO KNOWS WHAT'S THAT WHAT THAT'S GOING TO BE, UM, OR FIND A NEW SPACE, WHICH, WHO KNOWS IF THAT'S VIABLE AT ALL.

UM, SO WE HAVE TAKEN STEPS.

UM, OBVIOUSLY THEY'VE BEEN BABY STEPS AND BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC, I PERSONALLY FEEL LIKE WE TAKE TWO STEPS FORWARD ONE STEP BACK, TWO STEPS FORWARD, ONE STEP BACK BECAUSE YOU KNOW, UP UNTIL SIX MONTHS AGO, EVERYTHING WAS KIND OF UP AND DOWN, UP AND DOWN ANYWAY.

UM, SO THAT'S PRETTY MUCH ALL I CAN SAY TO THAT IS WE'RE WE'RE TRYING THANK YOU SO MUCH.

COMMISSIONER GRAY.

YOU REMIND ME OF WHEN I WAS 35 YEARS OLD.

THANK YOU.

I KNOW WHAT THAT $750,000 BUDGET FEELS LIKE.

UM, HOW MANY STAFF MEMBERS DO YOU HAVE? FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME

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SO FULL-TIME WE HAVE FOUR.

AWESOME.

PART-TIME WE HAVE ABOUT FIVE.

OKAY.

AND NOW I'M GONNA GET TRANSPARENT QUESTION AS WELL.

YEAH.

HOW MUCH DEBT DO YOU HOLD RIGHT NOW? SO, HM, LET ME THINK ABOUT IT FOR A MINUTE.

SO ACTUALLY, SO WE TOOK OUT A BUILDING LOAN, UM, TO PAY FOR THE LAST 150,000 THAT WE NEEDED TO GET.

AND WE HAVE ABOUT 16,000 LEFT ON THAT.

WE PAID IT THROUGH THE PANDEMIC.

YEAH.

CONGRATULATIONS.

YEAH.

WOW.

I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT.

UM, AND THEN YEAH, DO THIS .

WOW, THANK YOU.

AMAZING.

UM, WE HAVE NO CREDIT CARDS, SO WE HAVE NO CREDIT CARDS.

WE WE'RE, WE'RE A CASH ONLY.

UM, AND I'M, I'M SURE EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS, BUT EVEN AS A NONPROFIT, YOU HAVE TO SIGN YOUR PERSONAL STUFF TO IT.

AND THAT'S JUST NOT SOMETHING ANYONE WANTS TO DO, OBVIOUSLY.

UM, AND THEN WE DID TAKE OUT, UM, A SMALL SBA, LIKE THE E I DL, BECAUSE IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT A NONPROFIT WAS ABLE TO, UM, BE APPROVED MM-HMM SO WE DON'T REALLY HAVE ANY LIKE REAL DEBT.

THE DEBT I THINK, IS IN THE BUILDING ITSELF.

YOU KNOW, IF WE WERE TO, IF WE WERE TO HAVE TO MOVE, THAT'S A LOAN THAT WE PAID OFF FOR NOTHING ESSENTIALLY.

WOW.

THAT, WOW.

I GOTTA DO THIS AGAIN.

CONGRATULATIONS.

UM, YEAH.

THE CREDIT CARD.

YEAH.

ON THAT TOO.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

TAKE IT FROM SOMEBODY THAT DECLARED BANKRUPTCY, TRYING TO KEEP A NONPROFIT ALIVE.

YEAH.

IT'S IT'S TOUGH.

OKAY.

LAST QUESTION.

HOW BOOKED IS THIS SPACE? YEAH, SO THAT'S A REALLY GOOD QUESTION.

AND THAT'S A QUESTION WE GET ON TOURS.

SO THE WAY THAT OUR SCHEDULING SYSTEM THAT WE BUILT ON THE BACK END OF OUR WEBSITE WORKS IS WE HAVE IT AT 80% CAPACITY, MEANING THAT IT CAN NEVER BE A HUNDRED PERCENT BOOKED OUT SO THAT WE CAN ALWAYS TAKE LAST MINUTE REQUESTS.

WOW.

YEAH.

SO AMAZING.

UM, I DON'T KNOW WHY I KEEP CLICKING.

UM, BUT ALSO THE OTHER THING THAT I WANT TO NOTE, UM, IS THAT EVERYONE USES THE SPACE FOR DIFFERENT REASONS.

NOT EVERYONE IS A PHOTOGRAPHER, A FILMMAKER.

UM, AND SO ACTUALLY, I DON'T KNOW WHERE I WAS GOING WITH THIS THOUGHT.

I HAD IT IN MY HEAD AND IT JUST WENT OUT SO NEVER MIND.

CAN I JUST ADD ONE MORE THOUGHT JUST TO CONNECTION? I WILL SHUT UP.

I PROMISE.

UM, ARE ALL THE, ARE ALL THE FLOORS CEMENT? YEAH.

UM, WOULD YOU CONTACT ME THROUGH CITY OR WHATEVER? I MAY BE ABLE TO HELP.

OKAY.

IN SOME WAY OR HELP EACH OTHER IN THAT SITUATION.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

CONGRATULATIONS.

IT'S INCREDIBLE.

THANK YOU.

MAGIC HAPPENING FROM THE DIAS COMMISSIONER FLORES.

BYE.

THANK YOU.

UM, CONGRATULATIONS BOTH TO YOU AND THE ORGANIZATION, UH, YOU KNOW, BEING A LATINA.

I UNDERSTAND.

AND THAT'S A REALLY, YOU KNOW, GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT ON YOUR, ON YOUR PART AND, UH, ON BEHALF OF THE ORGANIZATION AS WELL.

I JUST HAD A QUICK QUESTION.

I MEAN, I HEARD THE SLIDING SCALE AND THAT'S GREAT.

AND NOW YOU JUST SAID 80% CAPACITY SO THAT YOU HAVE TIME TO MAKE SURE THAT OTHERS CAN UTILIZE THE SPACE, UH, YOU KNOW, ON A SHORT, MAYBE A SHORT NOTICE BASIS OR SHORTER NOTICE, BUT I WAS CURIOUS, I'M SURE YOU KEEP YOUR, YOUR DEMOGRAPHICS AND EVERYTHING.

AND I WAS CURIOUS HOW MANY, YOU KNOW, PAC ORGANIZATIONS OR INDIVIDUALS ACTUALLY UTILIZE THE SPACE.

ARE THEY ABLE TO UTILIZE IT? UH, MAYBE AS YOU SAID, THE, THE NAME IN THE PAST WAS KIND OF A, A MISNOMER AND FOLKS MAYBE DIDN'T REALIZE EXACTLY WHAT YOU HAD TO OFFER.

AND SO MAYBE THAT WAS A BARRIER IN THE PAST, BUT HOW, HOW ARE Y'ALL DOING IN THAT REGARD? YEAH, SO I WOULD SAY THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE THAT UTILIZE OUR SPACE ARE FROM THE BICO BIPO AND QUEER COMMUNITY.

OUR STAFF IS 80% BIPO AND QUEER INDIVIDUALS.

UM, AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I'M VERY PROUD OF.

THAT'S ALSO SOMETHING THAT WE'RE MINDFUL WITH.

UM, ALL REPRESENTATION IS NOT EQUAL.

AND SO HAVING SOMEONE IN A LEADERSHIP POSITION THAT IS A PERSON OF COLOR, OBVIOUSLY ATTRACTS OTHER PEOPLE OF COLOR BECAUSE IT CREATES SPACE.

AND NOW WE HAVE A PLACE.

UM, MICHAEL MENDEZ WHO'S RIGHT BACK HERE ALSO IS OUR PROGRAMS MANAGER, HAYES MORRIS, WHO IS A NINE NON-BINARY ARTIST FROM EAST AUSTIN, AUSTIN, AS WELL AS OUR COMMUNITY MANAGER.

UM, AND SO WITH THAT ALL SAID, IF I HAD TO PUT A NUMBER ON IT, I WOULD SAY AT LEAST 70% OF OUR MEMBERS ARE FROM THE BIPO COMMUNITY.

AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE PUT AT THE FOREFRONT OF OUR MISSION.

AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE PUT ON THE FOREFRONT ON ALL OF OUR EVENTS, UM, ALL OF OUR EVENTS, I GET UP AND TALK.

AND I, I SAY VERY SIMILAR THINGS, UM, BECAUSE I ALSO REALLY BELIEVE IN TRANSPARENCY.

I DO THINK THAT OFTENTIMES PEOPLE CAN PUT BLACK AND BROWN PLACE FACES IN HIGH PLACES, BUT IT'S NOT, UM, FOR THE REASONS THAT WE THINK, AND SOMETIMES IT'S LIP SERVICE AND I'M HERE TO SAY, THIS IS NOT LIP SERVICE.

THIS IS A LIVED EXPERIENCE FOR ME.

AND IT IS A LIVED EXPERIENCE FOR THE OTHER PEOPLE OF COLOR AND

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THE QUEER PEOPLE THAT WE WORK WITH THAT WE EMPLOY.

UM, SO YEAH, IT'S SOMETHING THAT I'M VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT.

WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SHARING THAT AND FOR, YOU KNOW, MAKING