Austin, the capital city of the Lone Star State, is known for its music, quirky vibes, and Tex-Mex food. It’s also the location of this year’s Afrotech Conference

If you’re attending Afrotech this November, be sure to explore what the city of Austin has to offer. 

We’ve rounded up an artsy guide to Austin, where you can experience art and culture in this vibrant Texan city. 

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RichesArt Gallery

Located in East Austin, this gallery is a creative space owned by painter Richard Samuel. Here you can find work portraying cultural icons like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Maya Angelou, and Malcolm X. 

RichesArt Gallery celebrates Black figures throughout history through art. 

Voyage To Soulville Mural

Head to the Austin Public Library’s Carver Branch to check out the “Voyage to Soulville” mural. According to the library, the mural metaphorically represents the “voyage through the discovery of Black identity.” 

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The vibrant painting was created by John Fisher in 1986. It was restored in 1999. 

The Carver Museum & Cultural Center

Visit the Carver Museum & Cultural Center for a deep dive into African American history, culture, and art. 

Entrance to the museum is free and walk-ins are welcomed. 

Tour Six Square

This nonprofit organization “celebrates and preserves the great arts, culture, and history of Central East Austin.” Book a tour of the district and explore the landmarks and Black artists who contributed to the vibrancy of the city. 


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Christian-Green Gallery

To experience the Christian-Green Gallery means taking in the art, special collections, and archival collections that represent and relate to the Black experience. 


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This gallery is part of the African and African Diaspora Studies Department (AADS) at the University of Texas. The gallery reopens in the fall after being closed during the summer. The upcoming exhibition, opening this September, is entitled Melvin Edwards: Wire(d) and Chain(ed).

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