‘Radical Transformation’ Mural at Home Slice Pizza on S Congress, Artist: Niz (@elenizzle), Portrait: Angela Davis

The Black Legacy Project is a new public arts program and fundraising campaign, and first round of art projects are now up and ready for Austinites and visitors to enjoy. The aim of the project is to empower locals through education and inspiration by paying homage to the culture and history of Austin’s Black community.

The project currently consists of three completed large-scale murals located on S. Congress Ave., S. 1st St., and S. Lamar Blvd., with a fourth mural being painted before the end of the year. Each of these murals help to raise awareness of the campaign and assist in fundraising for the nonprofit beneficiaries for 2020: Six Square (@sixsquareatx), Hearts 2 Heal (@hearts2heal), Rooted In Melanin (@rootedinmelaninatx), and Capitol View Arts (@capitolviewarts).

Each of the public art projects have a QR code which viewers can scan to link directly to the online donation page and more in-depth information about the project and the artwork. There’s also a resource list with links to read, watch, listen, and learn about Black history and culture.

In her previous life, Kristy was an uninspired realtor who was feeling a little bit bored with her day to day. So on January 1, 2010, she made a New Year’s resolution to write about one thing to do each day in her beloved city of Austin, Texas. And thus, 365 Things Austin was born.