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Congress Avenue Media Alert

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Congress Avenue Media Alert

Downtown Austin AllianceVertexFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2017

Contact: Lia Truitt or Misty Whited 512-472-9599 or 


Downtown Austin Alliance to Unveil Interactive Public Art Initiative at Congress Ave. and Cesar Chavez

What:         The Downtown Austin Alliance will install “XYZ Atlas: Congress Avenue,” a temporary interactive and collaborative public art initiative that reveals how we are connected to one another and our surroundings. Through March and April, downtown visitors will enjoy this unique art installation and then visit a website to answer questions about their memorable experiences on Congress Avenue, a vibrant street rich in history.

Created by artist Jennifer Chenoweth, XYZ Atlas’s goal is to show the emotions people feel at different geographical parts of Austin by reframing the idea of place not as land, streets, or buildings, but as places connected to emotion and meaningful moments in people’s lives. Chenoweth developed an eight-question online survey that is used to capture people’s emotions about a place and then records those answers via a color scheme on the XYZ Atlas website.

This is a Heart of the Community project, in partnership with Project for Public Spaces, and is supported by a grant from Southwest Airlines.

XYZ Atlas will also help inform the stakeholder engagement process of the Congress Avenue Urban Design Initiative, a project by the City of Austin that will create an urban design and implementation strategy for Congress Avenue that results in a human-centric, multi-functional complete street with a clear and attractive identity.

When:        March 2 through April 30, 2017

                  The artwork installation will begin around 9 a.m. on March 2, 2017.

Where:       Southwest corner of Congress Ave. and Cesar Chavez St.
Media:        Contact Lia Truitt at or Misty Whited at, or call (512) 472-9599 for more information.

About the Downtown Austin Alliance

The Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA) works with key downtown stakeholders—property owners, residents, business owners, community organizations and government officials—to advance our collective vision for the future of downtown Austin. The DAA is engaged in dozens of projects and issues that contribute to the safety, cleanliness, and appeal of downtown Austin to residents, employees, and visitors. As a full-time advocate for downtown, the DAA is actively engaged in planning decisions that impact the area. We also advance downtown’s vision through direct services supporting safety and cleanliness. For more information on the DAA, please visit




Jennifer Chenoweth