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Category: In The Press

NEA releases “Our Town” Storybook sneak previews

June 20, 2014

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After 18 months of research, writing, and design, we are excited to see sneak previews of the Exploring Our Town project popping up online!

NEA Director of Design Programs and Visual Arts Division Team Leader Jason Schupbach and NEA staff are working with their media partners to showcase projects from the Our Town grant program that will be included on the Exploring Our Town website. Arts Forward and Springboard are two partners that have already released information.

Expect to see the official Exploring Our Town project launch in September!


Semi-Finalists for ArtPlace’s 2014 Grants

March 2, 2014

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Working in close partnership with the City of Austin, ArtPlace America has selected our proposed Drawing Lines project as a potential finalist for their 2014 grants program.

ArtPlace America selected 97 as finalists for consideration for its 2014 grants to support creative placemaking. In each of the proposed projects, the arts will play an explicit and intentional role as part of strategies to help shape their communities’ social, physical, and economic futures. In total, ArtPlace received 1270 letters of inquiry.

Working with the Economic Development Division of the City of Austin, GO collaborative proposed Drawing Lines as a project that will harness the power of the arts to directly engage the political transformations taking place in Austin by creating opportunities to map cultural assets, engage citizens about upcoming political changes, and help build the identities of Austin’s newly forming Council Districts.

We’re working closely with our other project partners – Austin Creative Alliance, Public City, and artist Jennifer Chenoweth, to pull together the plan for our dream project.  Wish us luck!


Sarah Gamble featured in Texas Architect magazine!

November 1, 2013

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The November / December issue of Texas Architect features Sarah Gamble as one of four architects under 40! The article highlights each architects’ career path and current endeavors.

Click here to read the web version of the article or see page 111 of the magazine.


NEA Announces E-Storybook!

July 17, 2013

Along with the 2013 Our Town grant recipients, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the Electronic Storybook project! GO collaborative, as prime firm / project manager and lead researcher, is leading an amazing consultant team to create the online resource for Creative Placemaking professionals, policy makers, and the public-at-large!

Creative Placemaking (CP) has been a growing field for the last twenty years and a programmatic focus for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) since 2009. Having identified the need for an accessible  and comprehensive resource for CP practitioners, policymakers, and the public-at-large, the NEA sought to develop a practical guide and source of case study information in an online format. This interactive resource will serve as both a catalog of projects supported by NEA funding and a toolkit for planning and implementing CP projects in communities. The project will launch in Spring 2014!

GO collaborative has partnered with Hyperakt for Graphic / Web Design and Branding, and Entermedia for technology integration.

Read the NEA’s press release describing the project (scroll to the bottom).


Americans for the Arts Conference

June 16, 2013

Interested in public art design and implementation? We recommend the American for the Arts Annual conference!

On June 13th and 14th, we gathered with artists, administrators, planners, and design professions for the Public Art pre-conference focused on national and international project completed in 2012. Fifty exemplary projects were highlighted, including an installation by Austinites Lucy Begg and Robert Gay from Thoughtbarn! Congrats!

The city tours were a highlight, including the new pedestrian bridge picture below. Shady Liberty was designed by a multi-disciplinary team, including artist Sheila Klein. We love everything about it, especially the handmade, glass reflectors which glimmer in the sunset!

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GO collaborative to present at 2013 TSA conference!

March 30, 2013

GO collaborative’s proposal to the 2013 Texas Society of Architects Annual Conference has been accepted!
Lynn Osgood and Sarah Gamble will be joined by Diane Miller, Principal at Civic Collaboration, and Larry Schooler, Community Engagement Consultant at the City of Austin, to provide 4 distinct perspectives on community engagement.

Presentation Description:
At pivotal points in the design process, community engagement provides Architects the opportunity to educate the public, build awareness for good design, and gather input. Architects have the opportunity to expand their influence and impact in the process as collaborators, designers, and leaders in their communities. This presentation will focus on four Texas-based case studies where community engagement was completed as part of the design and development process. The case studies will be presented by four panelists: architect, planner, dialogue expert, and city government staff, to showcase successes in community engagement and its contribution to good design from four distinct perspectives. The role of the architect, or absence of, will be highlighted in each, along with techniques utilized and typical struggles in the community engagement process. Presenters will point out resources for further study and continuing education.

Join us for the Convention in Dallas from November 7th to 9th!