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ATX Free Art Fridays transform the city into a creative treasure hunt

Austin Free Art Friday
ATX Free Art Friday rewards art lovers and artists alike.  Courtesy of KLRU

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts in Context. This unique series celebrates stories about the arts in Austin and the people who make this such a vibrant and creative city.

Every Friday night, there’s a hunt across Austin for hidden pieces of art, and you can be a part of it. Started by local street art collective SprATX, ATX Free Art Friday has grown exponentially, with artists — and aspiring artists — donating their pieces each week to whoever can find them. 

The free art ranges from sculptures and drawings to spray can artworks and paintings. After hiding a piece, the artist posts a photo of its clandestine location on Instagram with the hashtag #ATXFreeArtFriday and @SprATX. The @SprATX team then re-posts the photo, and the hunt is on.  

Art enthusiasts jump at the chance to discover these new works. So, if you plan on trying to score some art, act fast. Some pieces are found within minutes!

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