Arts & Culture

The University of Texas at Austin supports community engagement in arts and culture. In 1927, the university's art museum was born of a gift from an unexpected source. Archer M. Huntington donated 4,000 acres of land in Galveston to the university with instructions that it "be dedicated to the support of an art museum."

The proceeds from the eventual sale of that land started the university’s plans to collect and promote the arts. Now, community engagement in arts and culture has expanded to include initiatives that further cultural development in the local Austin community, the state of Texas and beyond.

Blanton Museum of Art workshop with studentsBelow you will find a list of programs, services, resources and opportunities coordinated by the university.

ArTex promotes awareness of local arts and architecture.

Bangladeshi Student's Association promotes awareness of Bangladesh culture.

Best Buddies provides an opportunity for college students and persons with mild to moderate mental retardation to become friends.

The Blanton Museum of Art engages all visitors by offering personal, extraordinary experiences that connect art and ideas, reaching within and beyond the university.

CANVAS – Capital Area Network for Visual Art Studies is a student organization that offers networking and volunteer opportunities in visual arts, studio arts and art history.

Canvas for a Cause is a student organization that raises awareness of children's charities and generates funds for those organizations through the creation of art.

Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Incorporated educates and empowers women through leadership and community service.

Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association fosters communication of a bicultural nature in an effort to bring understanding of legal problems related to the Chicano/Hispanic community.

Gone to Texas

Chinese Student Association promotes the Chinese culture across campus and throughout the Austin community.

Crafting Communities creates handmade blankets, apparel and accessories to help those in need.

Harry Ransom Center advances the study of arts and humanities, providing education and enrichment for the public, students and scholars through exhibitions, performances and lectures.

Healing Origami helps hospital patients by teaching Origami.

Hindu Students Association cultivates cross-cultural dialogue and interaction on issues that pertain to Hindus domestically and globally.

Hispanic Student Association promotes Hispanic culture among the student body through social events and community service.

Hook ‘em Arts shares with students the opportunities provided by Texas Performing Arts and helps ensure the fulfillment of these goals through marketing, public relations, outreach and fundraising.

Landmarks brings the finest works of public art to the main campus to support the university as a leading research institution, to enhance its aesthetic character and to provide a source of civic pride and welfare.

Longhorn League of United Latin American Citizens advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of the Latino population in the United States.

Shakespeare at Winedale

Mexican American Culture Committee creates programs and events that strengthen the knowledge and appreciation of Mexican American history, traditions and accomplishments.

Shakespeare at Winedale is a program that explores Shakespeare's plays through performance. Many of the activities are centered on the Winedale Historical Center near Round Top where students and audiences have come to encounter Shakespeare’s art for more than 35 years.

SHOUT (Shakespeare Outreach) brings Shakespeare’s works to life for traditionally underserved elementary and middle school students through performance.

Texas Performing Arts engages the campus and community through performances, master classes, pre-performance lectures, post-performance talkbacks, artists in residence, youth performances and professional development opportunities for teachers.

Undergraduate Art History Association promotes the visual arts and investigates career and educational opportunities in art- and art history-related fields.

Voices Against Violence provides training and outreach to raise awareness around the issues of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking.