For the City of Austin’s Ninth year with the NAP, Coordinator April Sullivan made it a point to personally visit different city departments and speak to the employees about the opportunity to participate in the NAP; something she mentioned she had gotten away from the last few years. Not only does this provide a local face to the program, but it raises awareness among employees. The end result, a 50% increase in participation from their 2010 exhibition! The remarkable exhibition, which is displayed in the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC), featured 218 pieces from 123 different artists.
In addition to hundreds of participating artists and their family members at the awards reception, Laura Esparza, the Director of History, Arts & Nature Division of the Parks and Recreation Department, helped hand out the awards.