As Austinites, we’re blessed to live in a city that is progressive, experiential, experimental, game-changing, conscious and, lets face it, awesomely cool. In such a city, you’d expect the population to match, and in the ATX, we don’t disappoint. This Capital City is chock-full of amazing citizens who strive to better the city on a daily basis. From writers to activists, entrepreneurs to artists, we’ve rounded up a diverse group of Austinites that help make this city great.
Lynn Osgood and Sarah Gamble, of GO collaborative, are the creators and project leaders of Drawing Lines, a public art project commissioned in response to Austin’s new 10-1 city council structure. The project embeds artists in each of the 10 districts to co-create a place-specific art project with district residents, ultimately reflecting the cultural life of each of the districts, and in turn, Austin itself. “By creating a project that would allow the arts to be embedded in each of the different districts, it would give Austinites the chance to see the city in new and different ways on a very human level,” say Gamble and Osgood. “Political processes are necessary, but they can obviously be very difficult forums to be in. “The arts give us a kind of breathing room that lets us celebrate and talk about who we are as a city without the necessity of taking an immediate position.”