As we renew our mission to increase access to the arts and humanities, we take a look back at Studium's work in 2016.
Studium started the year by hosting the official subconference of the Modern Language Association. The annual meeting on higher education brought over 10,000 scholars from around the world to Austin. The subconference, which was held over two days at Cheer Up Charlie's, explored the loss of education's value in the public sphere and ways of correcting this trend. In a panel featuring educators and artists like Christopher Newfield and Jesus Valles, we presented our vision for creative pedagogy with Human Sciences. During the conference, Punctum Records' Free Week showcased Austin's music and Studium opened its compound on Rosewood Avenue in East Austin, bridging those visiting from around the world with the Austin community.
In March, we launched #SafeBySouthwest, a community initiative with help from Sloop Creative to highlight and encourage safe participation in SXSW. The city-wide conversation allowed business owners, musicians, venue staff, and event-goers to share tips and best practices for managing the behemoth event.
And in celebrating SXSW, our own Punctum Records teamed up with She Shreds Magazine to host three days of festivities filling the Studium Compound. The event celebrated women in music — Mitski, Pure Bathing Culture, Molybden, Adam Torres, Lomelda, Aisha Burns, Margaret Glaspy, Jordan Moser, and many more performed morning to night in an unforgettable 72 hours. She Shreds did a wonderful job of chronicling everything: Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.
Following a series of classes at Studium on the immigration crisis, Human Sciences launched the Welcome Home Art Show in June. This community initiative welcomed newly resettled refugee families to Central Texas by providing artwork from local visual artists, photographers, and printers for their new homes. Studium showcased the art in a public exhibition and ultimately donated artwork to fill over 300 homes, totally $36,500, to Refugee Services of Texas.
Throughout the year, our education program held classes in literature and language, ecology, civics, and art. Notable guest educators included Lawrence English, who arrived from Australia to conduct a workshop on field recording, and Mexico City's Los Libros del Futuro, who completed a month long residency on aesthetic theory.
In 2016, Studium released eight publications:
See You Later See You There by Black Balsam
"Trembles" by Alex Napping
"Buds" by Monté and Dwight Smith
4E* by Lomelda (recently named as one of GoldFlakePaint's Essential Albums of 2016)
Daily Drones by Jesse Kees
PG-13 Movie by Major Major Major
Fugitive Traces by The Young Vish
Long Lance by Molybden
Studium in the news this year:
Studying Studium by Rebecca Marino for Conflict of Interest
For The Record, a profile of Studium's Principal Director Dan Rudmann, by Wesley Verhoeve for One of Many
High Class by Rose Callahan for Austin Monthly
It's been real, 2016.