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Waterloo Greenway Now Accepting Ideas for Creek Show 2023

AUSTIN, TX – February 15, 2023 – Coming back for another exciting year, Waterloo Greenway is thrilled to announce the return of its annual Creek Show from November 10 – 18, 2023. Beginning today, local architects, landscape architects, artists, and designers are invited to submit ideas for light-based, site-specific installations in the Creek Show Call for Ideas. Selected teams will be awarded a $20,000 installation budget, including artist honorarium and costs for labor and materials. The deadline to submit proposals is midnight on Friday, March 10.

Creek Show celebrates outstanding design by our local artists and creators while sparking conversation about the transformation of Waterloo Greenway into a series of urban parks and trails around a restored Waller Creek. Through this 10-day event, Waterloo Greenway activates Waller Creek by commissioning innovative installations, surrounded by free entertainment and programming for our entire community to enjoy in partnership with Creek Show founding partner, AIA Austin.

“We’re thrilled for AIA Austin’s continuing partnership with Waterloo Greenway for Creek Show,” says AIA Austin Executive Director and Creek Show Artistic Director Ingrid Spencer, “The opportunity for architects, landscape architects, and designers to participate in Creek Show brings local talent to Austin’s public and celebrates the ongoing transformation of Waller Creek.”

Each year, artists are challenged to explore different Waller Creek-inspired themes in their Creek Show submissions, ranging from environmental stewardship to our community’s rich history. Creek Show 2023 will continue to delight and inspire the community by activating Waller Creek at creek level once again, between 9th and 12th Streets. Submitted proposals will be reviewed by a committee of local leaders from the design and art community, and selected teams will be announced this spring.

Creek Show applications must include: 

  • A compelling story about Waller Creek and/or Waterloo Greenway
  • Engaging design for attendees
  • High-spectacle concepts
  • Usage of common materials in uncommon ways
  • Light as an integral element of the installation

Interested teams are encouraged to join our information session where Waterloo Greenway’s Director of Programming, Donald Miller, and Creek Show Artistic Director, Ingrid Spencer, will review project goals, discuss the submission process, and provide tips on preparing a successful application. 

Creek Show Call for Ideas Info Session 

Friday, February 24
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Visit to learn more and submit your ideas.