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Camp Contemporary

Oct 16, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

October 16, 12 – 5 PM
The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street


Tickets: $250 ($225 Museum Members) with all proceeds benefiting art education programs serving 30,000 children and adults annually.


Ticket price is inclusive of all live musical performances, camp activities, camp-themed cocktails and the unique Vaca y Vino experience.


The Contemporary Austin sparks all the senses during Camp Contemporary-your childhood camp, all grown up-including spectacular food, camp-themed cocktails, art and outdoor camp activities, and music by the Echocentrics and DJ Dangit. Taking place at the museum’s 14-acre Laguna Gloria site, tickets are $250 ($225 for museum members), and all proceeds support art education for the 30,000 children and adults the museum serves each year. Tickets are available at thecontemporaryaustin.org/camp.



As a focal point to Camp Contemporary, Texas Chef Lou Lambert & the McGuire Moorman Hospitality team will move their heralded event “Vaca y Vino” to Laguna Gloria. Teaming up to support The Contemporary Austin’s education programs Lambert and MMH will accomplish a dramatic culinary feat, as they roast an entire 700 lb. chimichurri-basted Texas beef steer, Argentinian-style, on a custom-built spit in front of the historic, 100-year-old Driscoll Villa on the Laguna Gloria property.


The team of chefs will complete the feast for camp revelers with caldo, empanadas, grilled escarole, potato salad, vegetables, and of course, generous amounts of Argentinian wine and oak smoked heritage beef.


In addition to this one-of-a-kind culinary experience, campers will enjoy beer, wine, and specialty cocktails by Sourced Cocktails, live music and DJ sets, and art and outdoor camp activities led by local artists (full list of camp activities follows).



Founded by acclaimed producer Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma, Spanish Gold, and others) with lead singer Natalia Clavier (Thievery Corporation), the Echocentrics blend psychedelic rock with “dusty southern fried soul” to build heavily narrative songs that roll out slow like a dry tumbleweed on a still day-a quintessentially Austin genre-bending project that’s not to be missed.

Gabe Vaughn, aka DJ Dangit, is a champion of organic, shoot from the hip spinning.  As co-owner of Breakaway Records, a boutique exclusively-vinyl store specializing in funk and soul of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, Vaughn benefits from having the pick of the litter in terms of foundational records from which to build his musical stylings. Scheduling and opening act will be announced shortly. For details contact Nicole Chism Griffin at ncgriffin@thecontemporaryaustin.org



In its continued efforts to build connections within the local arts ecology, The Contemporary Austin is partnering with several celebrated local artists and craftspeople for live, hands-on workshops. Camp goers are encouraged to learn any of a variety of new skills, and peruse exclusive merchandise designed by Austin’s own Jules Buck Jones, Abi Daniels, and Will Gaynor in our Camp Contemporary Trading Post. Artist workshops include:


Plant Dyeing with Celine Thibault

Learn to bind and dye textiles with designer, fiber artist, and natural dye expert Celine Thibault! Guests will create and take home items dyed with Texas Pecans and Cochineal, an insect that lives on prickly pear cacti and inhabit dry lands from Texas to California.


Ceramics with The Contemporary’s Art School Instructors

Get your hands dirty! Use clay and pottery wheels to learn the basics of wheel throwing with potters and Art School instructors Kim Donnet, Jennifer Hill, and Melissa Mencini.


Chain Stitching with Fort Lonesome

Kathy Sever and the Fort Lonesome team will be on site and chain stitching Camp Contemporary artist-designed bandanas and more! Shop the camp store and receive a complimentary custom embroidery with your name, initials, or camp design.


Cyanotypes with The Contemporary’s Art Educators

Get immersed in the cyanotype process and make your own 5×7″ work using the nature and sculptures at Laguna Gloria, animal illustrations by artist Jules Buck Jones, and other objects.


Wood Burning with Abi Daniel

Design and create a custom wooden coaster with artist Abi Daniel! Learn techniques for drawing and etching with a wood-burning pen, a captivating way to make your mark!


Paint-by-Numbers Mural

Grab a paintbrush and join other campers to paint a large-scale mural! This collective art piece is designed and created by artist and Art School instructor Rebecca Borrelli and will be gifted to a local school once complete.




When not enjoying the fantastic food, music, and camp activities, revelers may explore the outdoor sculptures situated among the forested, lakeside site, hang out in hammocks scattered throughout the property, kick-back in a cozy, creative lounge situated in a 45-foot wide teepee, or enjoy kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding in the Lagoon with REI and SUP ATX!


Tickets for this immersive day of art and food, are inclusive of all live musical performances, outdoor activities, hands-on workshops with local craftsmen and artists, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and the unique Vaca y Vino culinary experience.




Tailor-made for the museum’s Laguna Gloria location, Camp Contemporary is an immersive event like no other, with food, drinks, musical performances, and artist-led activities that activate the entire 14-acre site, including the Driscoll Villa, the Art School, and the wooded, lakeside Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park.


On Sunday, October 16, from 12 to 5 PM, Camp Contemporary will welcome more than 400 day campers for a full day of artful, camp-style fun, including live music, participatory camp activities led by local artists, and much more.


Day Camp on October 16 follows an elegant overnight camping experience on October 15 for an intimate group of 80 guests. Overnight campers enjoy luxurious tent accommodations, fire pits, music, art-related activities, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, and dinner prepared by McGuire Moorman Hospitality, along with breakfast, morning yoga and birdwatching. Priced from $3,000-$5,000, tents have sold out in presale to museum members and supporters.


Together, Camp Contemporary is a unique benefit party that showcases the museum’s educational facilities and all of the resources it brings to the Central Texas community.


All proceeds benefit The Contemporary Austin’s acclaimed education programs that serve more than 30,000 children and adults throughout Central Texas.


Camp Contemporary is chaired by Deborah Green with committee members including Will Bridges, Kim Dowling, Alice and Eric Foultz, Liz Lambert, Lou Lambert, Larry McGuire, Isadora McKeon, Chris Mattsson, James Moody, Steve Redman, Jane Schweppe, Russell Stanphill, Jesse Stowell, Gail Susholtz, Jill Turner, and Carol Wagner.


Sponsors include Maker’s Mark, HEB, Ben E Keith, Gem & Bolt, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Bunkhouse, Castle Hill Fitness, Chameleon Cold Brew, J.Crew, DiMeo Schneider, South Texas Money Management, Steve Redman, McGuire Moorman Hospitality, Outdoor Voices, Shelter Co, Launderette, Rosehip Flora, Indie House Event Rentals, YETI, Loot Vintage Rentals, REI Coop, Ilios Lighting, Clampitt Paper, Fort Lonesome, The Liquid Movement, United Site Services, Repurpose Compostables, Topo Chico, SUP ATX, Kammok, Jerry’s Art-A-Rama, and Armadillo Clay.



The Contemporary Austin reflects the spectrum of contemporary art through exhibitions, commissions, education, and the collection. The museum has two distinct yet complementary locations, the Jones Center in downtown Austin at 700 Congress Avenue (currently undergoing a major renovation and expansion with the reopening scheduled for Fall 2016), and Laguna Gloria, a fourteen-acre site on Lake Austin at 3809 W. 35th Street, which is home to the Driscoll Villa, the Art School, the Gatehouse Gallery, and the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria.


More information at thecontemporaryaustin.org



The Contemporary Austin offers a range of education and public programs to enrich the lives of children and adults from across the region. Some highlights:


  • 10,500 schoolchildren experience art on docent-led tours annually.
  • 10,000 families learn, explore, and expand their art experiences in fun and innovative ways through the museum’s hands-on “Action Packs” and Youth Guides.
  • 6,500 community members each year participate in free family days.
  • 5,000 audience members attend public programs such as films, artist talks, and music events.
  • 4,700 students of all ages attend classes at the Art School every year.
  • 2,500 members of the community create and experience art during Second Saturdays Are for Families monthly art-making workshops.
  • 650 students from Title 1 schools participate in Seeing Special Things, a year-long, multi-visit program that builds visual literacy skills.
  • 1,100 teens annually take advantage of the museum’s teen programs, including Teen Council, Young Artists, Teen Artist + Mentor Program, and special teen events at both museum sites.

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Oct 16, 2016
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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