Community news: Public art group seeks artists


The groundbreaking of the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter addition and renovation takes place.

Hays County will host a public hearing Tuesday to hear comments on distributing disaster block grants.

Stampede in the Park takes place Feb. 24 in Smithville to raise money for cancer research.



Public art group seeks artists

Art in Public Places, a program for the city of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, will hold a series of informational meetings for “TEMPO 2018,” a temporary art exhibit that will be on display starting in September.

Meetings will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road; 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Georgetown Arts Center, 816 Main St.; and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Big Medium Gallery at Canopy, Building 2, 916 Springdale Road.

The group is seeking to commission 10 temporary public artworks for the program. Professional visual artists or artists teams who live and work in Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet and Blanco counties are eligible to apply. The artwork budget for each of the 10 commissions is a maximum of $10,000.

Artworks will be exhibited at sites across Austin during September, October and November. Artists will then reinstall the artworks at Edward Rendon Sr. Park for a public presentation of all the “TEMPO 2018” artworks, as a registered group exhibition during the East Austin Studio Tour in November.

For more information:

— American-Statesman staff


Philanthropy survey launched

Rodman & Associates will launch its annual survey of companies in the Austin area, including Round Rock and Georgetown, to gain insight on how local organizations engage in philanthropy.

The 10-minute survey is available at and also at Those who take the survey and opt-in to receive a digital copy of the Rodman Report will have an opportunity to get a first look at the survey results.

Area businesses are encouraged to participate in the survey to give an accurate measurement on the state of philanthropy in the region.

— American-Statesman staff



Renovations begins at shelter

The official groundbreaking of the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter addition and renovation took place Wednesday.

The event celebrated the start of construction on a new 16,970-square-foot, two-story addition and renovations to the current facility; and the 10-year partnership between Williamson County and the cities of Round Rock, Cedar Park, Hutto and Leander to operate the regional shelter.

The shelter is at 1855 S. E. Inner Loop in Georgetown.

The expansion area will feature a new adoption center, a public lobby, administration offices, new canine and feline adoption kennels, a new entrance off Wilco Way with a parking area for the adoption center and an exercise yard for dogs. Renovations to the existing facility include a surgery area and surgical prep rooms, repairs to the air conditioning and plumbing in 35 canine kennels, a feline isolation area and a laundry area with cleanup station.

The expansion project will double the capacity for cats and add 65 dog kennels. It was designed by Jackson & Ryan Architects with construction by Vaughn Construction for a guaranteed maximum price of $9,499,295; and it is anticipated to be completed in spring 2019.

— American-Statesman staff



Block grants hearing set

Hays County will host a public hearing at 10 a.m. Tuesday to hear comments regarding the method of distribution for about $11.6 million in Disaster Community Development Block Grant funds.

The hearing will take place during the regular meeting of the Hays County Commissioners Court at the Hays County Courthouse, 111 E. San Antonio St.

The original amount allocated to the county was about $7.4 million with previous comment periods taking place in November and December.

Comments can also be emailed to; or sent to Hays County grant writer Lindsay McClune, Suite 1204, 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos, TX 78666, by Friday.

— American-Statesman staff



‘Stampede’ takes place Feb. 24

Stampede in the Park will run from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 24 at the Virginia Harris Cockrell Cancer Research Center at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1808 Park Road 1C.

Racers will be able to take part in a 5K Fun Run or a 1-mile walk. The 5K route takes participants through the park, while the 1-mile route is solely on the Science Park campus.

Funds will support MD Anderson’s graduate student program. Strollers are welcome, but no pets or bicycles are allowed. The cost is $30 and includes a T-shirt; $20 without a shirt. Ages 12 and younger are free.

For information and to register, visit

— American-Statesman staff

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