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The City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department and the Old Bakery & Artisan Emporium are partnering with the Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation 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. Return here for updates on how to get involved and give feedback on what you would like to see in this space.


 

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 Foundation’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:

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Old Bakery Park Survey

Take the first survey and learn more about the Old Bakery Park & Mural Project. Survey open through December 31, 2022.

Take the Survey

People's Market

Join us at the People’s Market at Republic Square to learn more about the project on November 20 from 1pm – 4pm.

Event Details

Holiday Stroll

Join us at Old Bakery Park to share your vision for a new mural on the south-facing wall of the building on December 3 from 5pm – 10pm. Event features various free family-friendly art activities.

Event Details

Writing on the Walls

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

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