Guardians of the Vanguard
An update as of June 15th 2015
We will be office-ing out of our homes, and putting our belongings in storage. We will continue to stay connected to conversations and actions around permanent space making for artists in Austin. In the meantime, we are going to concentrate on the art. We have an exciting year full of boundary pushing programming ahead. We will be renting various spaces around town for these offerings. A full press release on our 2016-17 season will be announced shortly.
HELP US MOVE!
Mark your calendars guardians! We are moving out of our Manor Rd home this month. Can you lend us a hand? We are moving on June 19th from 9am -1pm and June 27th- 30th from 9am- 6pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can come and volunteer.
AND we are throwing a GOODBYE MANOR RD party on June 26th. It will be the very last event in the Manor Rd venue. 6- 9pm. Come for the pizza, beer, and tears.
Check out this November 21st article in the Austin American Statesman. AND check out these articles published earlier this fall about the loss of our Manor Rd venue: American Theatre Magazine and Austin Chronicle.
How to be a Guardian of the Vanguard?
Signal Boost – Get on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, email and share our story. Talk about the work we do at Salvage Vanguard Theater and how the loss of our venue will impact the community. We appreciate every tweet, share, post, message and email!
See a Show - We still have nine months of original arts programming until our lease ends. Support SVT artists and arts organizations by buying a ticket, coming to shows, attending classes/workshops, bringing your friends for a drink at SVT.
Volunteer - Help us move! We have our first clean-out day on Nov 15th from 11am- 2pm. We'll provide the breakfast tacos and coffee. Email email@example.com to sign up.
Donate - Support SVT with a financial contribution. We are still confirming our next steps but we will absolutely need help with moving expenses, storage, and office space in our transition.
PRESS RELEASE: October 14th 2015
Are the arts important to Austin?
Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) is a hub for Austin performing artists, musicians, visual artists and patrons. SVT was founded in Austin in 1994. In 2006 the experimental theater company renovated a 6,000 square foot warehouse on E. Manor Rd. The space on Manor houses a gallery, 49 seat theater, 99 seat theater, scene shop, storage, office space, and a puppet workshop. For the past ten years the space has been home to over 50 artists and arts organizations.
In their 2014-15 season SVT produced three award-winning world premiere performances, including Thr3e Zisters- a zombie retelling of Chekhov’s classic by Moscow director Yury Urnov, and the piece AM I WHITE, an examination on race in America, by local playwright Adrienne Dawes. SVT hosted over 50 artists and arts organizations in the past calendar year including OUTsider Fest, the inimitable Trouble Puppet Theater, and critically acclaimed KDH Dance Company. The SVT hub proudly served over 30,000 arts patrons in 2015 alone.
SVT will have to vacate their Manor Rd venue on June 30th 2016 after being denied the opportunity for a lease renewal from their new landlord. Artists who have worked in the building for many years are faced with packing up their belongings and finding a new space to call home.
For over a decade Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) has met a critical need in Austin by being a key element in its creative landscape. SVT, who managed to thrive in a struggling economy and contributed to the successes of businesses along the Manor corridor, finds it increasingly hard to find their next home. Victims to the struggle of “affordable housing”, SVT like many residents in Austin, faces the challenge of surviving in a city when there are no longer affordable spaces available.
Kathy Dunn Hammrick, choreographer and Artistic Director of KDH Dance Company, shared, “SVT has become a home for our dance company and for our audiences. SVT is the only theater in Austin that is affordable, suitable for my work and available during our season. I can honestly say that without SVT, I don't know where I would be able to present our dance season.”
Artist and scholar Omi Osun Joni L Jones urges that “SVT is willing to open its doors to non-traditional events, and it is beginning to attract a racially diverse audience--which is essential in an increasingly racially divided city. Austin is losing affordable spaces for art. If it is to maintain its identity as an "art town," it has to be hospitable to artists. SVT helps significantly in this regard.”
Austin is a rapidly growing and ever changing city. This growth and change can be exciting, but how is the city protecting its cultural institutions? With the SVT Manor Rd hub closing their doors, and with others sure to follow, where will Austin’s creative class present their work? Will you be a Guardian of the Vanguard?
Contact: Jenny Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 474-7884