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old bakery and emporium photo with new mural coming soon text and partner logos overlaid on top

The City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department and the Old Bakery & Artisan Emporium are partnering with the Downtown Austin Alliance to transform Old Bakery Park. This Community Activated Parks Project will include an active community engagement process to explore ideas about how to revitalize this downtown greenspace through a new Writing on the Walls mural that tells the story of this area of Austin.

Give your feedback to let us know what you”d like to see in this future downtown mural. Take the survey today! ¡Toma la encuesta hoy! 

photo looking our from the old bakery emporium site. red chairs scattered across the gravel provide a space for people to gather near the building

About Old Bakery & Artisan Emporium

The Old Bakery & Artisan Emporium is a historic building located in downtown Austin at the north-west corner of Congress Avenue and 10th Street. The space is home to a shop filled with unique, handmade items from local artists and craftspeople. The art gallery features works by local artists who are 50+ years old, and the Visitor Center tells Austin’s immigrant history through the Lundberg-Maerki Historical Collection. Just south of the building is the Old Bakery Park, a City of Austin public plaza that was transformed with seating, shade and plantings in 2014 by a partnership of the Downtown Austin Alliance, Austin Parks Foundation and City of Austin. The Downtown Austin Alliance’s expertise in community engagement and mural curation makes us a valuable partner in helping transform Old Bakery Park.


old bakery and emporium's midsummer celebration. photo shows people lined down both sides of a wooden table, putting together flower arrangements
Photo Credit: Old Bakery & Artisan Emporium

About the Project

Our goals for this project include:

• Add new activities that inspire people of all ages
• Amplify peoples’ stories and experiences
• Use modern storytelling to express the important issues of our time
• Build momentum for a series of murals and mural tours that will transform the space for the years to come


historical black and white photo of the old bakery building when Lundberg-Maerki owned and operated it
Photo credit: PICH 01565 Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Old Bakery History

The Old Bakery is home to a rich history of local entrepreneurship, stories of immigrants, and movements for social change. To learn more about the history of the land and the building, click on the circular markers below.

For an up-close view of the timeline, click on the three dots at the top right corner of the timeline, then click on the computer screen icon for a full-screen view.

Get Involved

The Old Bakery Park project engagement team is hosting a series of public surveys and events to gather community input for the story and aesthetics of the mural. Here’s how you can participate in the process:

Take the Old Bakery Mural Survey

Take the survey and let the team know what kind of mural and activities you’d like to see in the Old Bakery space.  Take the survey in English or Español

Sign up for the Old Bakery Newsletter

To stay informed about Old Bakery Park’s progress and for updates on other downtown news and events, sign up for our newsletter:


Writing on the Walls

The Old Bakery Park project is a part of the Downtown Austin Alliance’s Writing on the Walls program. Click here to learn more about the program or to donate.

Past Engagement Events

The Old Bakery engagement team hosted engagement events during the Downtown Austin Alliance’s Holiday Stroll and Art & Parks tour kickoff events.

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