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Muntu: Reflections in East Austin

Part of a tree sculpture by 3rd and 4th grade students at T.A. Brown.

Recently, Space12 at 3121 12th Street here in Austin held a two-week reflection on the effects of development on the trees and people in East Austin through a project entitled “Muntu”.

“Muntu” is a word that means both tree and person. This multimedia exhibit offered a space for shared reflection on the question, What is happening to the muntu of East Austin amidst the city’s changing cultural and geographical landscape?

The project included diverse media including performance, poetry, storytelling, sculpture, music, essays, photography and good old-fashioned talk. It also included sculptures of trees by TAP’s after school students and TAP teaching artist, Natalie Goodnow’s one-woman play Muntu.

Click to see more pictures of Natalie’s one-woman show and the trees our students created.

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