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The Long Center Hosts a Free Day of Arts Programming for the Austin Community

All are invited to the first annual Teresa Lozano Long Community Day for a celebration of the arts

Long Center lawn (photo by Brynn Osborn)

The Long Center has been a vibrant cultural hub of activity since it opened its doors in 2008. Here, we’ve marveled at the magnificence of Ballet Austin, we’ve been touched by the voices of Austin Opera singers, and we’ve enjoyed the sounds of the amazing Austin Symphony. We’ve watched movies on the lawn, have taken photos with Santa on the Terrace, and we have discovered new favorite local musicians during the summer Drop-In series. The Long Center is a special home to patrons of the arts, and we’re delighted that are hosting a free day of exceptional programming on Saturday, September 9.

The first annual Teresa Lozano Long Community Day will take place on Saturday from 12 – 5 p.m. Part birthday bash to honor their 15th year, part celebration of the memory of their founder, Teresa Lozano Long, this Community Day provides an occasion for everyone enjoy music, dance, and a variety of performances. All activities are open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

kids can enjoy hands-on fun (photo by James Goulden Photography)

Activities all afternoon:

Enjoy plenty of on-going programming to appeal to all ages at the Long Center’s Community Day. There will be crafts and games for kids, food trucks, a cocktail lounge, a community partner showcase, and a gallery retrospective of the Long Center’s 15th anniversary.

Dell Hall (photo from the Long Center)

Schedule of special performances:

12 p.m. — Austin Symphony musicians perform in Dell Hall

12:15 p.m. — Montopolis performs the score for Man with a Movie Camera in Rollins Theatre

12:30 p.m. — Ballet Folklorico de Austin performs dances from Veracruz, Michoacán, Jalisco, Oaxaca, and San Luis Potosí on the lawn.

1 p.m. — Austin Opera singers perform in Dell Hal.

1:45 p.m. — Austin Soundwaves features a string quartet in Rollins Theatre

2 p.m. — Ballet Austin’s Rhythm on Stage features a Bollywood dance class in Dell Hall

2 p.m. — Soul Raider Marching Band performs on the lawn

2:30 p.m. — Austin Shakespeare performs the world’s fastest Hamlet in Rollins Theatre

2:30 p.m. — DJ Mixer Rogers shares a mix of classic and current hits outside on the H-E-B Terrace

4 p.m. — Austin Classical Guitar features performances by young guitarists in Dell Hall

4:15 p.m. — Songbird Rising Suzuki School features selections by Songbird Strings in Rollins Theatre

Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

About Teresa Lozano Long

Dr. Teresa Lozano Long and her husband, Joe R. Long, made significant contributions across Texas, including a $20 million gift that helped establish the Long Center. Long was also the first Hispanic woman to receive a doctorate in health and physical education at UT Austin. She is celebrated for her contribution to the University of Texas at Austin’s Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS).

In 2019, Long received the National Humanities Medal, which is awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to “individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities and broadened our citizens’ engagement with history, literature, languages, philosophy, and other humanities subjects.”

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