This is a free event. Reservations not required.

The Fusebox Community Cafe will be a prototype developed through an intergenerational research project guided by local artists (Jason Phelps and Zell Miller III) and led by local students from Eastside Memorial High School and East Austin College Prep (Joe Moreno, Estaphanie Cardoza, Sesh Herrera, Stephanie Sontoya, Kennya Obregon, Phoibe Ysabimana, Cydnei Mathis, Lisa Herrera, Lisbeth Hernandez & Josephine Zambrano).

This project continues the work Fusebox has done over the past four years engaging the Govalle-Johnston Terrace neighborhood, artistic community, city, and other stakeholders to create a more thoughtful and equitable way of developing real estate through the thinkEAST project (a 24-acre real estate development at the heart of the neighborhood). One of the most striking things we learned through our community planning process was that this entire project is, at its heart, a community health project.

Historically, the site was toxic and was literally poisoning the neighborhood before it was cleaned up. For decades the neighborhood has tried to bring in much-needed healthcare services to the area, but to no avail. Through our engagement process, the single biggest request from the neighborhood was access to healthy food. This neighborhood also possesses one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the city. The idea of a community cafe emerged through this process as an authentic, grassroots solution to many of these challenges.

Using the lenses of community health, arts, and culture we see the cafe as an opportunity to address multiple health challenges facing the Govalle-Johnston Terrace neighborhood including access to healthy food, cooking classes, fitness, and cultural expression while simultaneously seeking to preserve the history and culture of the neighborhood.

Our hope is that the Community Cafe prototype developed by the students and community partners will inform and inspire a fully-functional community cafe in the future.

Visit the prototype Community Cafe on April 15 to learn more about the shared vision for a healthier Govalle-Johnston Terrace, sample recipes and food from the neighborhood, experience artistic installations/performances, and connect with community health partners.


This project is supported in part by an award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mid-America Arts Alliance, and Texas Commission on the Arts. More Art For More People.

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