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Launches the Haven Street-Allen Artist of the Year Award

Please join us Sunday afternoon, November 5th, 2017 to celebrate the life and inspiration of Haven Street-Allen and to kick off the nominations for the first VSA Texas Artist Award named in her memory.

Gather Venue – Vuka
411 West Monroe, Austin, TX 78704
2:00PM – 4:00PM

Light refreshments will be served with music by Michael Tidmore and the Rollers.

We are excited to announce our Inaugural Artist of the Year Award in memory of past board member, Forrest Haven Street-Allen. The Haven Street-Allen Artist of the Year Award is offered in memory of Haven who was an insightful and caring person, fiercely committed to helping others. She was a Board Member of VSA Texas as well as the Austin Dispute Resolution Center, a volunteer mediator for the Resolution Center, and the Director of Human Resources for St. Edward’s University in Austin until her retirement in 2012. The Haven Street-Allen Artist of the Year Award recognizes her dedication, vision and respect for all, and honors her commitment to creating greater access to, and support for, artists with disabilities in Texas.

Accessible parking available at the venue. Limited street parking available. Complimentary parking at Texas School for the Deaf (Elizabeth Street side) with shuttle service to the event. Capitol Metro buses 801,1, 5 & 10.

For more information about parking or the event, please email Lynn or call 512-454-9912. Click here to RSVP.

AIBA Exhibit: Exploration

If you are flying into or out of the Austin Bergstrom International Airport, please be sure to visit our exhibition at the East Airside Gallery (behind Austin Article near Gate 8) from September through December 2017. Exploration: New Art by Older Adults features art by Texas artists 55 and older who are new to art, or working in a new medium.


Our Graphic Design Mentorship is going strong with 11 mentor/mentee matches between professional graphic artists and young adults with disabilities. Each pair is working on a poster design about a social cause significant to them.

We are proud to announce that our Giving Voice Poster Exhibition will be an official stop on the East Austin Studio Tour in November at the Terrazas Branch Library.

Click for more details.

Open Mic Nap

Next Open Mic

Sunday, October 29, 2017
1:30-3:00 pm

Malvern Books
613 W. 29th Street
Austin, TX 78705

Halloween Edition! Ghost stories, costumes, and candy to share are encouraged!

For more information email Eric Clow or call 512-454-9912.

Body Shift is a mixed ability dance project

Everyone moves in unique and different ways. Body Shift offers dance classes for anyone to explore movement and the body, and creates a welcoming environment that empowers everyone to fully embrace dancing. Every Body can find enjoyment in contemporary dancing. Come experience an Elements class and learn how you, too, can move creatively in a group or by yourself. We have been doing this for over 10 years, and we are just getting started! Thank You Impact Austin for your support. Visit for more information.

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