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the Long Center, from Inside the Ring

So long summer, hello slightly-less-warm season called autumn. Cooler days hint at the change in seasons, with rainy afternoons offering plenty of time for reflection.  This summer I worked with the Long Center as the Development Intern. Innovation and adventure reign here, which explains why my favorite memories of this summer are of our brand new series, All Summer Long. These events were created by the inventive minds of the staff and executed within mere weeks: seven FREE events encompassing dance, art, music, food and fun for the whole Austin community. Over 8,500 people attended the events throughout the summer.

Rhythm on Stage featured four nights of free dance lessons on the Meredith Family Stage, from Country Western to Swing, Bollywood, and Salsa. Hundreds of people filled the stage to learn new moves from the Austin musicians and dance instructors who collaborated in these wonderful events. I joined in too, and I’m confident that I could Two Step my way across Texas now.

Hundreds visited the Long Center for Rhythm On Stage, a free summer dance series.

Over 3,000 people attended BubblePalooza to enjoy bubbles, crafty fun, and treats. Chalk art covered the City Terrace as kids enjoyed a visit by the Bubble Professor and music by fantastic kiddie-rock bands. Thousands more dropped by for the first two Trailer Food Tuesdays, where food trucks and live entertainment created a foodie’s paradise outdoors.

BubblePalooza brought over 3,000 to the Long Center City Terrace for family fun, live music, treats, and of course — bubbles.

The good news is it’s not over! I’m still here at the Long Center and there are more free community events ahead. Trailer Food Tuesdays continues on the last Tuesday of the month through November. And I recently joined the Long Center family as the Development Associate. As the newest member of the Development team, I’d like to personally thank all of you for your support! It is our mission to reach the community with memorable and engaging events, which we couldn’t accomplish without wonderful volunteers and generous contributions. I’m glad to be working with a group of people who have shown such care and enthusiasm for Austin’s community.

-Amanda Turley, Development Associate
The Long Center

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