Bastrop Welcomes the Art Institute of Austin
18 Oct 2021
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The Art Institute of Austin, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston, has moved its main location to Bastrop, Texas, as a result of a collaboration with the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) and the Lost Pines Art Center. The Bastrop campus is regionally accredited as part of The Art Institutes, a prestigious system of private, nonprofit schools located throughout the United States that date back to 1921.
“Bringing The Art Institutes to Bastrop is a significant milestone for our community,” says Bastrop Mayor, Connie Schroeder, who also serves on the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation board. “Not only will this partnership bring post-secondary education to the area for the first time, but it will also create a positive, long-term impact on our local economy as Bastrop continues to grow.”
The Art Institute will occupy the newly completed building that BEDC erected on a slab that had been vacant since a fire destroyed the previous building back in 2003. BEDC purchased the vacant slab at 921 Main Street in 2016, but before construction could take place, BEDC had to renovate the adjoining fire-damaged walls. This past year, the new building was completed bringing revitalization to Main Street and higher education to Bastrop in one bold move.
“The Art Institute is proud to be the first institution of higher education in Bastrop,” says LaToya Williams, Interim President. “This move provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on, real-world experience in their chosen fields, and provides the city with the opportunity to see its arts culture grow and thrive.”