Community Outreach

Ongoing Projects


Austin Outreach and Community Service Center’s (AOCSC) mission is to improve the quality of life for African Americans and those in need by promoting and providing specialized services and resources in the areas of Health, Education, and HIV Prevention for African Americans and those in need. The goal is to provide culturally sensitive HIV education and information to prevent, and reduce exposure to and transmission of infection through the reduction or elimination of high-risk behaviors among African Americans. Recently, funding from the City of Austin Health and Human Services Department was awarded to the AOCSC Healthy Love Project. ARA is a proud fiscal agent for this organization.

Heritage Council 2017

The Austin Area Heritage Council will celebrate 24 years of recognizing and honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr on Monday, January 16, 2017. ARA supported this event through a $1,000 sponsorship.

Taste of Black Austin

Taste of Black Austin is a signature event that explores the narrative of economic development through the historical context of food. It is through cooking that we learned to build community and develop a craft that became an essential ingredient throughout the Southern road map. It is imperative that we work to preserve, celebrate, and furnish opportunities for African American food industry professionals in Austin. ARA was a proud sponsor of this event.

Breaking Barriers: A Celebration of Austin’s Black History

ARA hosted local artist and their artistic works throughout the historic Herman Schieffer/Eastroom building on Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 5-7pm.

Black Excellence Gala

The Gold Standard Foundation hosted the 2017 Black Excellence Tribute Awards. The event featured the finest talent in the Black community, showcasing Black excellence through song, spoken word, and dance on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm. ARA was a proud sponsor of this event.

NFBPA Black History Reception

ARA was a sponsor of the NFBPA Black History Event on February 24, 2017, at 6:00 pm at the Carver Museum. This event had music by Mz. Dre & 20ne Soul and food catered by Leila T’s.

Capital City Argus Black History Month Celebration

ARA sponsored an ad in the program booklet for February 2017’s Black History Month Celebration. The event was held at the Elks Lodge with over 40 people in attendance.


The College and Career Center is having a Taco Tuesday Night for Apply Texas/FAFSA and a mini Career Fair for families. ARA is a proud sponsor of this community event.

Nasaru Music Festival

ARA is sponsoring this musical event that will take place on March 9, 2017.


“You Can Sing”– Women in Jazz


Enjoy a day singing and performing during spring break at the Women in Jazz “You Can Sing!” Vocal Performance Camp, Saturday, March 13, 2017 at the George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina Street, Austin, TX.
Girls and Boys from ages 7 to 18 will learn how to their voices and sing in different styles, rhythms and textures. You will also learn how to perform a song and communicate with musicians to sing it your way.

Texas Black Pages

Texas Black Pages will take place March 8, 2017 – March 21, 2017 on the 11th Street Corridor. The ARA is a proud partner for this event that will showcase food vendors as well as local black business owners in the East Austin community.

Return & Discover 12th St. Spring Festival

ARA will be a proud sponsor of this community event, featuring various prominent speakers and activities for the entire family, on April 15, 2017.

Apex Explosion Music Festival

ARA is a proud sponsor of this musical concert series, featuring various prominent female vocalist, on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Asian American Resource Center.

Greater East Austin Youth Association Miss Juneteenth Pageant

ARA will be supporting the Greater East Austin Youth Association Miss and Little Miss Juneteenth Pageant as a scholarship sponsor on Saturday, June 3, 2017 beginning at 6 pm.

Texas Temple #1254 Juneteenth Celebration

ARA is sponsoring the Texas Temple #1254 Juneteenth Celebration: “Honoring Our Past: Building Our Future” on June 11, 2017, at 5:00 pm located at Central Star Lodge, 7237 E Hwy 290 Austin Texas 78723.

Reflections of Cultural Heritage: A Juneteenth Celebration

ARA will hosts local young artist and their artistic works throughout the historic Herman Schieffer/Eastroom building on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 3:00-5:00 pm. This event will be free and open to the public.

2017 Ice Ball

The ARA will be a proud sponsor of the Big Brothers Big Sisters for Austin’s brightest gem, the Ice Ball. This event will take place at the JW Marriott Austin on August 26, 2017, 6pm – Midnight. The community will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, seated dinner, auction and live music.



Capital City Black Film Festival 2017

The Festival will showcase nearly 80 narrative and documentary feature films, short films and music videos, as well as panels, interactive workshops, entertainment and red carpet galas. The ARA is a sponsor for this event. This event will take place August 24-27, 2017.

Dr. Charles Urdy Golf Tournament

The ARA will be hosting a golf tournament at the Teravista Golf Course on Friday, September 15, 2017. This event will benefit various community outreach programs that the ARA partners with.


Equal Opportunity Gala

The ARA will be participating as a sponsor of the Equal Opportunity Gala- September 2017. This event is an opportunity for to recognize and honor corporate and individual champions of equal opportunity. The ARA is a proud sponsor of this event.

NFBPA Leadership Summit

The mission of the NFBPA Central Texas Chapter is embodied in the organization’s commitment to strengthen the position of Blacks within the field of public administration; to increase the number of Blacks appointed to executive positions in public service organizations; and, to groom and prepare younger, aspiring administrators for senior public management posts in the years ahead.

East Austin Studio Tour 2017

The ARA will be participating in the East Austin studio tour (Sponsored by Big Medium) through having an Art Showcase during the weeks of November 7- 20, 2016.



Technical Assistance:

Diverse Arts Culture Works—

Diverse Arts


This organization has received financial assistance with website development to aide in rebuilding the Diverse Arts historical website for the community.



The Villager



This newspaper outlet  has received financial assistance from the ARA.