SXSW has officially begun! You may not have heard the news, but Explore Austin is making its big debut this year at SXSW. Our very own videographer, Aaron Weiss of One Story Productions, submitted this year’s annual fund video “Make The Journey Possible”, and it was selected to be showcased at the Faces of Austin event this Saturday. We are so proud of Aaron’s work and excited that our local non-profit is hitting the big screen. If you would like to attend this event, the film is premiering Sunday, March 11, at 1:30 PM at the Carver Museum. There is no cost for entry, so make sure to get there early to get a seat!
We are also ecstatic to announce that Zaarly and Startup Weekend have decided to raise funds for Explore Austin over the course of SXSW interactive. These two nationwide startups, have decided to join forces with Explore Austin in developing inner-city youth leaders through outdoor leadership, by selling VIP passes to sold out SXSW tech parties and donating the proceeds to Explore Austin. Their goal is to raise $20,000 over the course of this weekend! Throughout SXSW, these passes will be for sale on Zaarly’s website and Twitter. If you are interested in attending SXSW events this week, VIP style, check it out and support Explore Austin!
With this exciting news, there is a lot of buzz going around the office about the staff’s plans for SXSW. Gergo’s brother is hosting Art Disaster at Beauty Bar on March 13, Shelley’s friends are coming in town from Georgia for SX fun, and Claire will be hitting the streets on her bike next week to find the most happening free shows. Todd is still a little confused about what SXSW is, so he’s jumping ship and leaving town with his family. Robbie Jane will be celebrating her birthday on March 15 at the Lustre Pearl Dickie’s Party. Be sure to tweet at her (@paupculture) and wish her a happy birthday, especially if you come across any available bachelors in skinny jeans!
Explorers and readers, do you have any big SXSW plans? Leave us some comments below and let us know. We hope to see you out there!
Author: Elle Spinks
Elle is the Communications Intern at Explore Austin and is currently a senior, History Major, at the University of Texas at Austin.