My Awarded Projects
A series of interdisciplinary performances about the Great-tailed Grackle, embedded in an interactive birding tourCreated By: Steve Parker
A site-specific, interdisciplinary work performed in front of a staggeringly steep vista of the powerful Mansfield Dam.Created By: line upon line percussion
Fusebox champions artists exploring fresh terrain from a variety of different backgrounds and perspectives. We present contemporary theater, dance, film, visual art, music, literature, and everything in between. This cross-disciplinary approach is central to our understanding of creativity, innovation and meaningful dialogue.
Our primary program is an annual hybrid art festival that takes place in Austin each April. The 2014 Fusebox Festival featured 60 unique events, 24 venues, 300 local, national and international artists, and reached 30,000 people. Fusebox primarily serves populations in Central Texas, however 25% of our audience comes from outside of the Austin metro area.
In addition to over 175 local awards and nominations in our history, Fusebox has been recognized throughout the country for its innovative programming. Respected funders with highly competitive national granting programs have supported Fusebox in recent years as a commissioner of new work and presenter of work from the US and abroad: National Endowment For the Arts, National Performance Network, MAP Fund, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Mid-America Arts Alliance, National Dance Project, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
In ten years Fusebox has grown from a $5,000 budget, audiences of a few hundred and no paid staff to an internationally significant event unlike any in the region with a $400,000 budget, three full-time staff, 20 paid seasonal staff and two hundred community volunteers. Fusebox has won numerous awards, and been profiled in the New York Times, American Theatre Magazine, Huffington Post, and on local PBS station KLRU’s Arts in Context.
To celebrate their 10th Anniversary, Fusebox made their entire 2014 festival free to attend through an initiative called Free Range Art. The initiative was an attempt to make the arts a more indispensible part of people’s lives while also increasing access. Through Free Range Art, attendance increased by 20%, there was a 60% increase in first time attendees, and the average attendee went to twice as many events as in year’s past.
What people are saying:
"Fusebox is breaking out a pretty grand lineup" … "this lively interdisciplinary mix is worth the trek." — Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times
“America’s most electric and engaged destination festivals happen in New York City (Under the Radar), Portland (TBA), and Austin (Fusebox).” – Brendan Kiley, The Stranger (Seattle)
“Fusebox is a multitrack performance festival worthy of being ranked with the best in the world.” –Wayne Alan Brenner, Austin Chronicle
Willow Spence is a site-specific modern chamber music performance, performed simultaneously at six different locations in an East Austin neighborhood.
Composed by Travis Weller of the New Music Co-op