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Esquire magazine has named three Texas restaurants to its list of The Best New Restaurants in America 2022, two from Austin and one from Houston.

They are: Canje, Austin chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph’s acclaimed Caribbean restaurant (No. 4); Tatemó, chef Emmanuel Chavez’s corn-obsessed tortilleria and Mexican restaurant in Houston (No. 19); and Birdie’s, Austin’s natural wine bar and cafe from husband-and-wife duo Arjav Ezekiel and Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel (No. 25).

Four writers — Omar Mamoon, Joshua David Stein, former Esquire food and drink editor Jeff Gordinier, and culture and lifestyle director Kevin Sintumuang — created the list by traveling the country. They found themselves drawn to restaurants that told a chef’s personal story.

“We’re always hooked when there is soul and a story to go with delicious, inventive dishes,” Sintumuang writes. “It’s hard to deny the reflection of lived experience imbued in a menu, a wine list, a cocktail, atmosphere.”

In Houston, Stein hails Tatemó for the many ways Chavez incorporates heirloom corn into the restaurant’s eight-course tasting menu, praising dishes such as totopos, consommé, and a quesadilla. “Corn has always been a character actor. Here it’s the leading man,” he writes.

Turning to Austin, Sintumuang notes that Canje goes to extreme lengths to deliver traditional Caribbean flavors — flying in cassareep for its signature wild boar pepper pot, and fermenting the marinade for its jerk chicken, a process chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph shared with CultureMap at the Southern Smoke Festival. Canje’s lively atmosphere adds to Sintumuang’s experience.

“And as the night rolls by, it can all start to feel like a celebration. Welcome to the party,” he writes.

Not only does Esquire include Birdie’s on the list, but wine director Arjav Ezekiel earns the title of “Wine Guru of the Year.” Sintumuang praises Ezekiel for his list of “approachable yet thrilling low-intervention wines” that both tasty and approachable.

Similarly, the magazine hails the restaurant’s counter service approach as a way to offer better wages to its staff and praises chef Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel’s eclectic menu. “The lines are worth it for the food, a casual refined mix of American, a little Italian, a little French, that all makes you want to linger a little longer into the warm Austin night and order another bottle,” he writes.

Esquire’s acclaim is only the most recent time both Birdie’s and Canje have made best new restaurant lists, following similar nods from Texas Monthly and Bon Appetit. The New York Times also included Birdie’s on its 2021 list of the 50 American restaurants it’s “most excited about right now.”


State Fair of Texas adds serious gourmet treats from local restaurants

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The 2022 State Fair of Texas commenced September 30. On the foodie front, for the first time, they've added seven new food stands from some notable Dallas restaurants.

These are above and beyond the usual concessionaires, and also have nothing to do with the Big Tex awards (which this year include a Fried Charcuterie Board and a sweet called Peanut Butter Paradise).

No, these are serious gourmet goodies that range from irresistible empanadas to gourmet soft-serve ice cream to Neapolitan pizza topped with BBQ.

These are the seven brand-new vendors joining the lineup at the 2022 State Fair of Texas:

Empanadas and fries from Chimichurri & Milagro Taco Cantina
Award-winning chef Jesus Carmona’s new stand will be serving dishes from his two Dallas restaurants, Chimichurri and Milagro Taco Cantina. He'll be doing two types of empanadas, plus a campeona taco, a burrito Texano, and mole fries, drizzled with mole sauce, crema fresca, and cotija cheese. Carmona was nominated for Rising Star Chef in CultureMap’s 2018 Tastemaker Awards and appeared on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri.

Candy pickles from Di-Licious Candies Pickles Factory
Known as the “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” of pickles, the family-owned and -operated Di-Licious Candies Pickles Factory is the “first original candy pickle factory in the entire world” and has more than 250 flavors of candy pickles. Featured dishes include their signature chamoy candy pickle along with candy pickles in a cup, Rainbow Brite candy pickle sundae, and cotton candy pickle roll crunch.

Pumpkin spice cheesecake on a stick from Drizzle Cheesecakes
Olympic athlete Stephen El Gidi and his partner Walid founded Drizzle Cheesecakes in 2018. Their business has made appearances across North America from southwestern Ontario to our neighbors at Six Flags Over Texas’ Holiday in the Park. Drizzle’s New York-style cheesecake on a stick is dipped in magic-shell Belgian chocolate and rolled in a variety of toppings including crushed Oreos, red velvet cake, strawberry crumble, and more. Their stand will feature specialty flavors developed just for the State Fair of Texas including pumpkin spice cheesecake.

Loaded queso fries by Enjoy Foods
Founded in 2012, Enjoy Foods started out as a gourmet kitchen store in Rockwall from owners Dwaina Morris and her husband They'll be serving loaded queso fries, loaded queso nachos, fried chicken tacos, root beer floats, brownie sundaes, daiquiris, and fried jalapeños. One extra-unique item is their adult-infused jumbo Texas pickle infused with daiquiri mix.

Gourmet soft-serve ice cream by Once Upon a Cone
Once Upon a Cone has been soft-serving delicious ice cream treats all over Texas for the past 12 years. They do premium vanilla, chocolate, and swirled soft-serve ice cream along with specialty sundaes, shakes, floats, and malts. Their dipped cones are available in chocolate, cherry, butterscotch, and birthday cake flavors.

Nashville hot chicken by Palmer’s Hot Chicken Dallas
The Nashville Hot Chicken restaurant concept from Dallas native Palmer Fortune and his partner and chef Mills Garwood will serve the Motherclucker sandwich, a fried chicken sandwich with pimento cheese and pickles; jumbo tenders; banana pudding; and tots, plain or smothered in pimento cheese queso). Plus their Frosé wine slushy made with pureed strawberries, hibiscus, and lime.

Neapolitan-style burnt ends pizza by Texapolitan Pizza
Stephan Nedwetzky of Pit Commander Barbecue is using barbecue as the topping on his favorite type of pizza, Neapolitan. Each pizza is made from 00 flour imported from Italy and needs only 90 seconds in the 900-1,000-degree stone oven to reach thin, crispy perfection. Four personal-sized pizza pies will include margherita, pepperoni, cheese, and smoked pork belly burnt ends. That one consists of red sauce, mozzarella, smoked pork belly burnt ends, jalapeños, cotija cheese, and Pit Commander Barbecue Sweet Heat BBQ sauce.

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4 Austin-area high schools sit at head of the class as Texas' best in 2022

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Four campuses in the Austin area are earning extra credit as the best high schools in Texas.

In the latest rankings from education review website Niche, three local schools rank among the state’s best public high schools, while one private institution makes the grade among the state’s best private high schools.

They are:

  • Austin ISD’s Liberal Arts & Science Academy, No. 2 among public high schools
  • Eanes ISD’s Westlake High School, No. 6 among public high schools
  • Round Rock ISD’s Westwood High IB World School, No. 8 among public high schools
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, No. 4 among private high schools
Separately, Eanes ISD shines as the No. 1 school district in Texas, according to Niche.

“Some of the biggest decisions that parents face have to do with their children’s education,” Luke Skurman, founder and CEO of Niche, says in a news release. “We strive to put as much power in their hands as possible so they can make informed decisions with confidence.”

Niche says that while traditional rankings rely heavily on metrics like test scores and academic performance, its rankings combine ratings from current students, alumni, and parents with data from the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate teachers, resources, facilities, extracurricular activities and more.

Here’s how other Texas schools and school districts fared in this year’s Niche rankings.

Dallas area

  • Dallas ISD’s School for the Talented, No. 1 among public high schools
  • Dallas ISD’s School of Science & Engineering, No. 3 among public high schools
  • Carroll ISD’s Carroll High School, No. 7 among public high schools
  • St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas, No. 1 among private high schools
  • Greenhill School in Addison, No. 3 among private high schools
  • The Hockaday School in Dallas, No. 5 among private high schools
  • Cistercian Preparatory School in Irving, No. 8 among private high schools
  • Carrollton ISD in Carrollton, No. 3 among best school districts
  • Lovejoy ISD in Addison, No. 5 among best school districts
  • Coppell ISD, No. 6 among best school districts
  • Frisco ISD, No. 7 among best school districts
  • Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, No 8 among best school districts
  • Highland Park ISD, No. 9 among best school districts
  • Prosper ISD, No. 10 among best school districts

Houston area

  • Houston ISD’s Carnegie Vanguard High School, No. 4 among public high schools
  • Houston ISD’s Debakey High School for Health Professions, No. 5 among public high schools
  • Houston ISD’s Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, No. 9 among public high schools
  • Katy ISD’s Seven Lakes High School, No. 10 among public high schools
  • The John Cooper School in The Woodlands, No. 6 among private high schools
  • The Village School in Houston, No. 7 among private high schools
  • The Kincaid School in Houston, No. 10 among private high schools

San Antonio area

  • Keystone School in San Antonio, No. 9 among private high schools
  • BASIS Texas Charter Schools in San Antonio, No. 4 among school districts

Rio Grande Valley

  • South Texas ISD in Mercedes, No. 2 among school districts
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3 Austin companies make Forbes list of best employers in Texas

Stratospheric recognition

A new list from Forbes and Statista places three Austin-based companies among the state’s major employers, both those based in Texas and those with a significant presence here. Perhaps unsurprisingly, all three were tech companies, including Google (No. 14), Dell Technologies (No. 29), and NXP Semiconductors (No. 30).

NASA in Houston took home the No. 1 title.

To come up with their ranking, Forbes and Statista surveyed about 70,000 Americans working at employers in the U.S. with at least 500 employees each. The final list features 1,382 highly recommended employers in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Here are the 30 best large employers in Texas, as determined by Forbes and Statista.

Austin area

  • No. 14 Google (based in Mountain View, California; major corporate hub in Austin)
  • No. 29 Dell Technologies, based in Round Rock
  • No. 30 NXP Semiconductors (based in the Netherlands; major corporate hub in Austin)

Houston area

  • No. 1 NASA (based in Washington, D.C.; Johnson Space Center in Clear Lake)
  • No. 2 University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • No. 3 Oceaneering International, based in Houston
  • No. 4 MD Anderson Cancer Center, based in Houston
  • No. 11 Bechtel (based in Reston, Virginia; major corporate hub in Houston)
  • No. 13 Clear Creek ISD, based in League City
  • No. 20 Air Liquide, based in Houston
  • No. 23 Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, based in Pearland
  • No. 25 Houston Methodist, based in Houston

Dallas-Fort Worth

  • No. 7 University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas
  • No. 8 Capital One (based in Richmond, Virginia; major corporate hub in Plano)
  • No. 16 University of Texas at Dallas
  • No. 17 Southwest Airlines, based in Dallas
  • No. 18 Lewisville ISD, based in Lewisville
  • No. 19 GM Financial, based in Fort Worth
  • No. 21 City of Plano
  • No. 22 Fidelity Investments (based in Boston; major corporate hub in Westlake)
  • No. 28 Jordan Health Services, based in Addison

San Antonio

  • No. 5 University of Texas at San Antonio
  • No. 9 H-E-B (based in San Antonio; more than 300 stores in Texas)
  • No. 12 University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Throughout Texas

  • No. 6 IKEA (based in Sweden; five stores in Texas)
  • No. 10 Costco (based in Issaquah, Washington; 35 stores in Texas)
  • No. 15 Hyatt (based in Chicago; hotels throughout Texas)
  • No. 24 Microsoft (based in Redmond, Washington; offices in Austin, Dallas, Friendswood, Frisco, Houston, San Antonio, and The Woodlands)
  • No. 26 Sherwin-Williams (based in Cleveland; more than 300 stores in Texas)
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The 11 best sports bars in Austin for every team's top fan

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Football, hockey, soccer, baseball, basketball — no matter which sport you support, it's way more fun to watch your favorite teams play when you're surrounded by other cheering fans.

But where to head for some cold drinks, hot food, and big sports action? In the spirit of CultureMap's newest signature event, The Tailgate, we're celebrating a season of sports with insider intel on all the ways you can enjoy it. (P.S. Tickets are on sale now).

Though by no means exhaustive, this list highlights sports bars in Austin that are definitely worth your overtime.

Shoal Creek Saloon
Feeling "Austintacious"? Known as the Austin home of New Orleans Saints fans, there are 31 TVs broadcasting games of all sorts plus Cajun cuisine to fill your belly while you cheer on your favorite team. Sit inside, lounge outside on the covered patio, or play a free game or two of shuffleboard during commercial breaks.

The Tavern
The Tavern originally opened in 1916 as a grocery store before transforming into a restaurant in 1929. The story goes that the upstairs of The Tavern (where football fans gather every Sunday) was once a speakeasy and brothel, and a former employee still haunts the building. But what you need to know about The Tavern today is that it boasts 30-plus TV screens, meaning there's a 100-percent guarantee your game will be showing. The food menu is also stellar and the bar is dog-friendly.

While Haymaker may claim they're "not a sports bar," let's get real — it’s on our list for a reason. With huge screens inside and out, the friendly staff is always willing to accommodate your preferred NFL game, and the family-style tables allow football fanatics to pack in every Thursday night, Sunday, and Monday night. Featuring Midwest- and Northeast-inspired fare such as brats and poutine, Haymaker also serves up a Sunday treat offering $4 mimosas, Bloody Marys and sangrias.

The Park
The Park does everything right — reasonable drink prices, an abundance of indoor and outdoor seating, and some of the most dependable bar food in town. Both North and South Austin locations have waitstaff servicing every table, so either spot is perfect for fans looking to focus all of their attention on the games.

Crown & Anchor Pub
Open every day of the week, 365 days a year, this cozy pub serves up comfort grub with more than 30 taps and 100 bottles and cans, plus a great range of ciders and wine. Post up on the dog-friendly patio or head inside where pool tables, plenty of seating, and dartboards await. Five big-screen televisions show all the action.

Little Woodrow's
From Burnet Road to Southpark Meadows, Little Woodrow's is serving cold beverages to sports fans at eight locations around town. Consistently boasting every imaginable channel and upwards of 20 TVs, these locations feature plenty of drink specials so you can post up for a full day (or night) of game-watching.

Scholz Garten
Fans of all stripes gather at this storied, indoor-outdoor German biergarten, whose history goes all the way back to hosting a celebration for the University of Texas football team’s first undefeated season in 1893 (nearly 30 years after it first opened). Today it hosts the largest UT tailgate party in the city, and serves up German fare and plenty of brews.

Pluckers Wing Bar
Nothing says game time quite like buffalo-battered wings and a side of ranch dressing. The original campus location, opened by two UT Longhorns, is our chosen spot, but the Lakeline, The Linc, Oak Hill, Research Boulevard, Round Rock, and South Lamar Boulevard are also great backup locations.

Cover 3
Seeking something a bit more upscale? This elegant yet unpretentious eatery claims that watching a game here feels like being in a private stadium box, with menu options like an iceberg wedge salad, filet mignon, and Hong Kong salmon. Don't overlook the weekend brunch, which also features the option of a mimosa and Bloody Mary bar.

Aussie Grill & Beach Bar
Even if you don't spike a few balls on the sand volleyball courts, this laidback spot is still welcoming with its breezy Aussie attitude and 14 high-definition, flat-panel screens (six in the bar, six in the dining room, and two on the patio). They also have all — and we mean all — the DIRECTV sports packages and other sports networks.

Black Sheep Lodge
If the fried cheese curds don't grab your attention, we're not sure what will. But Black Sheep isn’t just for cheeseheads. With one of the best bar menus in town, 20 big screen TVs, and a dog-friendly sports-watching patio, this South Austin neighborhood destination is a must for fans. Black Sheep is locally owned and operated with over 120 bottle and tap beer offerings.


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This new study declares Texas one of the worst states for workers

Labor daze

The findings of a new study might make for some unhappy Texas workers.

Oxfam America, a nonprofit that aims to end poverty and injustice, ranks Texas 48th on its new Best States to Work Index, down from No. 47 last year. Out of a potential index score of 100, Texas ekes out a paltry score of 11.56 for 2022. The state fares poorly in all three of the index categories: organizing rights (0), wages (12.24), and worker protections (19.05).

By contrast, top-ranked Oregon earns an overall score of 86.72, maintaining the No. 1 spot it held in 2021. With a score of 4.55, North Carolina sits at the bottom of this year’s index, just as it did on last year’s index.

Texas also lands at No. 48 on Oxfam’s separate index of the best states for working women. Not surprisingly, Oregon sits atop this index, and North Carolina languishes at the bottom.

“Texas’ position is a reflection of inaction at the state level when it comes to policies in support of workers and working families,” Oxfam researcher Kaitlyn Henderson tells CultureMap.

“In an index especially focused on how states treat vulnerable workers, Texas stands out as a state that has not moved the minimum wage above the federal standard of $7.25 — a poverty wage, especially in this moment of generational inflation — and still has a sub-minimum tipped wage of $2.13.”

Texas also lacks most of the worker protection policies tracked by the index, such as paid leave, Henderson says. Furthermore, the state doesn’t protect the right to organize for public-sector or private-sector workers.

“Given the stark economic reality of today, and the fact that many low-wage workers were only recently heralded as heroes during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lack of support and protection for all workers and working families is striking,” Henderson says of Texas.

Oxfam says this year’s findings point to the need for stepped-up federal action, including a hike of the federal minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour.

“The federal government has failed America’s workers, refusing for decades to pass updates in labor laws — as a result, it has fallen to the states to improve wages, working conditions, and rights,” Henderson says in a news release. “Fortunately, there is important work happening at the state level that deserves celebration, and it’s vital to recognize that these policies are the direct result of workers who have organized and demanded change for years.”

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2 trailblazing Texans to be honored with history-making award at Austin museum

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There are many conceptions of Texas around the world, but most can agree that Texans do have a knack for making history. An annual acknowledgement by the Texas State History Museum Foundation (TSHMF) will celebrate the contributions of two very different Texans who used their leadership skills to coordinate huge wins for their respective teams.

Retired Navy Admiral and former University of Texas System Chancellor William H. McRaven and former NFL quarterback Roger Staubach will be honored with the History-Making Texan Award at the 19th Annual Texas Independence Day Dinner, taking place March 2, 2023, at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.

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The History-Making Texan Award winners will be celebrated at the Bullock on March 2.

McRaven’s contributions and Staubach’s are similar by nature of leading teams — one commanded troops and the other played an integral part in the Dallas Cowboys into a wave of undeniable success — but the similarities mostly stop there.

McRaven led troops to rescue the ransomed Captain Richard Phillips, search for Osama Bin Laden, and ultimately capture Iraqi politician Saddam Hussein. The Four-Star admiral has advised U.S. presidents in his retirement and written several books, mostly imparting wisdom around changing one’s own life, and hopefully the world around them.

Staubach took a more entertainment-based path to greatness, rising to fame as a star player while lifting the rest of the Cowboys with him. The team had nine consecutive winning seasons with Staubach, of 20 total. Aside from giving Texans yet another point of state pride, Staubach spent his retirement and influence on real estate and philanthropy.

“Our recipients reached the pinnacle of accomplishments and eminence in their fields. Importantly, they were selected as honorees based on their personal character and commitment to improving the lives of others,” said dinner chair and TSHMF trustee Lisa Cooley in a press release. “They stand as role models to emulate, and we look forward to sharing their dramatic and inspiring stories with our guests.”

The dinner supports the Bullock Texas State History Museum with ticket sales and underwriting from nearly 500 attendees annually. Austin’s Jan Felts Bullock, wife of Bob Bullock and museum trustee, joins Dallas’ Cooley as honorary chair. In 2022, the award went to pianist James Dick and philanthropist Lyda Hill.

More information about the foundation and the History-Making Texan Award is available at tshmf.org.

SXSW rolls out next round of music showcases for 2023, including 29 Austin artists

300 more

Obviously, 190 music showcases is not enough for South by Southwest. That’s 19 a day? Make it another 301. On December 7, SXSW announced the second round of 2023 showcasing artists, bringing the current total to almost 500 acts performing March 13-18, 2023, in Austin.

Of those newly announced artists, 29 are from Austin, and eight more are from Texas, keeping the local numbers relatively high compared to the whole world. This round contains almost 10 percent Austin bands, while the first round contained nearly 7 percent.

Some of the more widely recognizable Austin acts announced in the second round include:

  • Good Looks: Vocalist and guitarist Tyler Jordan cites an increasingly venerated Austin band, Spoon, as an influence. Good Looks is guitar riff-driven, wistful, and a little Southern in sound.
  • Graham Reynolds (solo), Graham Reynolds & The Golden Arm Trio: A prolific composer and bandleader, Reynolds’ name pops up all over Austin films and awards ceremonies. He appears solo and with an eclectic jazz trio.
  • Kalu & The Electric Joint: Frontman Kalu James arrived in Austin from Nigeria at 18 and has made a strong name for himself (and guitarist Jonathan “JT” Holt) through psychedelic, vaguely jazzy, and decidedly funky jams.
  • Pleasure Venom: One of the rawest acts in town, Pleasure Venom is well-known for punk hits (and honest takes) that don’t hold back. The band is consistently making news between lots of live shows and festival appearances.
  • Primo the Alien: Solo artist and producer Primo the Alien is bringing the 80s back with synthy electro-pop. She attaches it all to a double persona that’s both candid on social media and a delivery system for sensory overload onstage.
  • The Tiarras: A triple-threat band of sisters, The Tiarras are always thinking about family and stepping into their power. They’ve tackled topics like lesbian and Latina representation, and although they’re young, they’re seasoned pros.

The remaining Austin bands in the second round are: Andrea Magee, Big Wy's Brass Band, Billy King & The Bad Bad Bad, Caleb De Casper, Daiistar, Del Castillo, El Combo Oscuro, Font, JM Stevens, Johnny Chops, Marshall Hood, Otis Wilkins, Pink Nasty Meets El Cento, Rett Smith, Rod Gatort, Schatzi, Shooks, S.L. Houser, The Tender Things, Thor & Friends, Trouble in The Streets, and West Texas Exiles.

Showcases are the base unit of the SXSW music experience, so to speak. They may be solo or part of a multi-day affair, especially when sponsored by large entities like Rolling Stone. Attendees with music wristbands get priority, but all wristbands get access if space remains.

Even as the lineup seems to bulge at the seams, a press release states that there are more to come. A full schedule of showcasing artists, where users can select events for their customized schedule, is available at schedule.sxsw.com.

Austin's Central Library announces open call for artists for future gallery exhibits

Beyond Books

People can learn a lot at the library. Besides all the books, magazines, online resources, and in-person programming, Austinites enjoy a buffet of rotating art exhibits that populate the gallery at the Central Library downtown, publicizing local artists and teaching visitors about the culture around them.

Now the ever-changing Austin Public Library is looking for another new exhibit sometime in 2024 between January and September, and inviting artists to apply through February 28.

Good news for artists who crave freedom, and frustrating news for artists who love something to bounce off of: This engagement offers few to no parameters. There is no explicit theme, but the library does claim a mission in a press release about the call for artists.

“The mission of the Central Library Gallery is to support local artists and art communities, raise awareness of contemporary and diverse forms of art, and to provide exhibitions in which a wide variety of identities and interests are represented,” said the release.

The Central Library website lists four current exhibitions: Hannah Hannah lends some expressionist portraits, Release the Puppets tells stories in a classic and playful medium, the Austin American-Statesman explores Austin communities of color through photographs, and a traveling exhibition documents Pride parades of the past.

The call is addressed to “artists, collectives, curators and beyond,” further widening the possibilities, but still restricting them to applicants residing in Texas. Applicants should consider the size of the gallery (2,700 square feet) and a few logistical stipulations, including that pieces may not be hung from the ceiling, and that walls may be painted.

When the jury — made up of local artists and others in the industry — announces a winning proposal in March 2023, the artist will be offered a stipend to complete the work. All project costs are the exhibitor’s responsibility, so this stipend is not unlike an advance, except that the project will not continue to generate revenue at the library.

Applications are open now through 11:59 pm on February 28, 2023. Applicants may make their proposals via submittable.com.