Community Chat with City Commissioners

From MoHA Wiki

Event Info
Date 05.01.22
Admission Free

In this casual chat Arts Commissioners Michelle Polgar and Celina Zisman will walk us through the recent announcement of the draft Cultural Arts Programs and other funding related topics as well any and all subjects currently concerning the creative community.


Introductions - Arts commissioners, MoHA staff, TALA staff, community in attendance (depending on the number of attendees)
Facilitated Q+A on the draft documents below

Quick Links for reference:

Additional Program Details
4/18/22 presentation from CAD Staff: Cultural Funding Review Process Update
Feedback Survey
Cultural Arts Funding web page


This chat will run from 11am to noon CT at MoHA at 3600 Lyons Rd., Austin, TX, 78702. It's free for all.


This chat will take place outdoors with distanced seating. Hand sanitizer and masks will be provided at the door. Masks will be optional except when guests are using the restroom.

Community Agreements

From: The Agreements for Multicultural Interactions at the East Bay Meditation Center, Adapted from Visions Inc, “Guidelines for Productive Work Sessions”

  • Try It On: Be willing to “try on” new ideas, or ways of doing things that might not be what you prefer or are familiar with.
  • Practice Self Focus: Attend to and speak about your own experiences and responses. Do not speak for a whole group or express assumptions about the experience of others.
  • Understand the Difference Between Intent & Impact: Try to understand and acknowledge impact. Denying the impact of something said by focusing on intent is often more destructive than the initial interaction.
  • Practice “Both / And”: When speaking, substitute “and” for “but”. This practice acknowledges and honors multiple realities.
  • Refrain from Blaming or Shaming Self & Others: Practice giving skillful feedback.
  • Move Up / Move Back: Encourage full participation by all present. Take note of who is speaking and who is not. If you tend to speak often, consider “moving back” and vice versa.
  • Practice Mindful Listening: Try to avoid planning what you’ll say as you listen to others. Be willing to be surprised, to learn something new. Listen with your whole self.
  • Confidentiality: Take home learnings, but don’t identify anyone other than yourself, now or later. If you want to follow up with anyone regarding something they said during a session, ask first and respect their wishes.
  • Right to Pass: You can say “I pass” if you don’t wish to speak.

About MoHA

The Museum of Human Achievement (MoHA) is a multi-disciplinary art space and organization that cultivates new work, community, and vibe by providing radically affordable arts space to support artists and audiences in the creation of new ideas.

About Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts

TALA was formed in 1979 to meet the legal and accounting needs of artists and art nonprofits. Services include lawyer and accountant pro bono assistance for artists, patent pro bono assistance for inventors, dispute resolution services, and educational programs for the artistic and business communities. Programs are designed to help participants apply sound business practices to protect intellectual property, advance careers, and develop income.