Austin’s Original Courageous Female Leaders of Color Honored in Permanent Mosaic Art Installation at Austin Public Library

Austin’s Original Courageous Female Leaders of Color Honored in Permanent Mosaic Art Installation at Austin Public Library

On display now at the Austin Central Library until January 2022

AUSTIN, TX - #metoo, #blacklivesmatter and the inequities amplified by the pandemic have put gender and racial justice in Austin in the spotlight. Yet, Austin has decades long history of female changemakers championing diversity and equity in education, social justice, media, technology and public leadership decades before it was trending - de-segregating higher education, UT athletics, even Barton Springs and so much more.

Austin Public Library and Library Foundation will present Legends Mosaics: Austin’s Courageous Female Leaders of Color, six commemorative mosaic portraits produced in a collaboration between Latinitas, Austin’s only bilingual STEM nonprofit for 20 years and six Austin female artists of color outside the central library branch (710 W. Cesar Chavez) on the East Shoal Creek Amphitheater.

Honored through art:
Dr. Martha Cotera, founding member Chicana Caucus
Dr. Teresa Lozano Long, educator, philanthropist
Dr. Bertha Sadler Means, educator, social justice advocate
Sylvia Orozco, founder Mexic-Arte Museum
Cathy Revilla Vasquez, founder La Prensa newspapers
Peggy Vasquez, producer, journalists, social justice advocate