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Off the Grid event will explore Seaholm District revitalization plans

Off the Grid event will explore Seaholm District revitalization plans

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Off The Grid: Recharging Public Art + Design, will take place tomorrow, (Saturday, October 8), from 9 am - 3:30 pm at the now-retired Seaholm Power Plant on the edge of downtown. Off the Grid is hosted by the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places program and is a part of Austin x Design, the month-long series of events celebrating the Austin’s design culture. Art in Public Places is a city-operated group responsible for creating artistic environments in designated public areas, working with both local and national artists.

The symposium is meant to give attendees a look at the public art and design that already exists in the Seaholm District as well as a preview of the redevelopment plans for the area. Earlier this year, the Statesman published a useful interactive map of the proposed developments and changes in the area—take a look here.

Off the Grid is set to be both informative and interactive, with speakers addressing topics like sustainable materials in public art and the integration of art into urban agriculture. Panelists include Jana McCann from McCann Adams Studio, Greg Kiloh from the City of Austin’s Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office and John Rosato from Southwest Strategies Group.

The event is open to the public (reservation required), and the $20 tickets include breakfast, lunch and full access to the day’s programming.