CarverMuseumATX planning process: Virtual Community Meeting #2
Sat October 3 @ 1:00 pm | 3:00 pm
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department invites you to continue the journey of planning for the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural, and Genealogy Center to guide future development in alignment with the community’s values, needs, and priorities.
The second virtual community meeting for the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center facility expansion plan will be on October 3, 2020. We received some invaluable feedback from the first meeting and would like to continue the discussion in the second meeting. We will present a summary of community input received so far, share several preliminary design concepts, and seek your feedback on the options presented.
Virtual Community Meeting #2
Saturday, October 3, 2020, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.Meeting will be recorded and posted on project webpage after.
We know that the times we are in are unprecedented. We hope this planning process presents an opportunity to influence the future storytelling of Austin in a way that honors the generations of the Black leaders who blazed the trail before, those who are currently in the struggle, and the future with whom our hope lies.
The Carver Museum in its current state began with a community desire to upgrade the original 1,896 square-foot facility and create a multi-facility campus for a “Living Museum” immersed in the African American experience, culture, history and traditions.
- 1985: The community confirmed the desire to improve the Carver Museum.
- 1986: Initial feasibility study was conducted.
- 1998: Bond funding approved for the Carver Museum expansion.
- 2000: Feasibility Study for the Expansion of the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center was conducted, and a 3-phase building program was developed.
- 2005: Phase 1 expansion opened, which included a lobby with reception, lecture hall/theater, classroom, dance studio, darkroom, conference room, commercial kitchen, storage, outdoor plazas, and expanded parking.
- 2018: City of Austin voters passed Proposition B, a bond including Cultural Center Improvements, which allowed for capital reinvestment in the Carver Museum.
- 2019: The City of Austin issued a Request for Proposals CLMP260 and executed a contract with Smith & Company Architects in association with Perkins & Will to provide a parks and recreation master plan in an amount approximate $350,000.
Today, the Carver Museum is facing growth challenges with a new desire to expand programming and events. The 2000 Feasibility Study outlined Phase 2 and 3 improvements that have not been realized. This process will bring these elements back to the community for review as well as explore current programming, revenue generation, facility condition and capacity, and community needs and desires of today.
For more information on the planning process and to give feedback online, please visit austintexas.gov/CarverATXplanning.