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the office of arts & cultural resources

Vision

The Office of Arts & Cultural Resources will serve as a nexus of engagement that stimulates art, cultural identity, universal learning opportunities and income-producing opportunities for African-American artists of all disciplines.

Mission Statement

The Office of Arts & Cultural Resources (OACR) facilitates the creation, expression and promotion of African-American Art and Culture identified as lacking in the Austin African-American Quality of Life Initiative (AAQLI) Final Report. OACR works to nurture and preserve the artistic legacy of the African-American Cultural and Heritage District through partnerships, programs and events.

Office of Arts & Cultural Resources

912-B East Eleventh Street
Austin Texas 78702
512-404-4411

Carla Nickerson: carla.nickerson@austintexas.gov
Brenda Malik: brenda.malik@austintexas.gov

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About

The Office of Arts & Cultural Resources (OACR) is part of the African American Cultural & Heritage Facility.
The OACR facilitates the creation, expression and promotion of African-American art and culture. The office will nurture and preserve the artistic legacy of the African-American Cultural and Heritage District.

OACR includes:

  • Dance Studio  -- for dance, yoga, movement/exercise classes
  • Production Room – a 200 sq. ft. room will accommodate up to 12 persons for small meetings, auditions and rehearsals
  • Learning Gallery  - exhibits of works by regional artists in rotation with OACR's own collection of traditional African art prints. The gallery is free and open to the public Mon – Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The Austin Convention Center Department manages facility operations and maintenance of the OACR.

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About the OACR Logo

The OACR logo is based on the Dwennimen symbol,one of more than 150 ideagrams or icons of the Adinkra System of the Akan people of West Africa. Each symbol represents an animal or object and is associated with an Akan proverb. The proverb for Dwennimmen is: The ram may bully, not with his horns, but with his heart.

Dwennimmen is a symbol of mental, physical & spiritual strength, humility, wisdom and learning.  For OACR, this symbol celebrates the creative strength of African-Americans which holds a pivotal influence in American Culture. It exhorts wisdom and humility: recognizing the many untold sacrifices of unsung heroes upon whose shoulders we stand.

 

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The African American Cultural & Heritage Facility as a subrecipient of the City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Please call OACR at 512-404-4411 (voice) or Relay Texas at 1-800-735-2989 (TDD) for assistance.

The City does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. David Ondich has been designated as the City’s Section 504/ADA Coordinator. His office is located at 505 Barton Springs Road, Suite 600. If you have any questions or complaints regarding your Section 504/ADA rights, please call the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 974-3256 (voice) or 974-2445 (TTY).

This publication is available in alternative formats. Please call 512-404-4411(voice) or Relay Texas at 1-800-735-2989 (TDD) for assistance.

 

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