Our Austin Story - Finding Fisterra
We are caring polymath people who promote personal & social well-being on a community, national, & global scale through the arts, aided by science and technology.
FRIENDS OF FISTERRA members commit to supporting Fisterra with an annual minimum donation of $1,000 or $2500 per year for three years. The impact of this core group of caring polymaths is fundamental and plays a vital role in propelling Fisterra projects forward. 100% of your contribution goes to paying artists.
We're a cultural partner utilizing art to inspire and revitalize people and communities in Austin. Each season our events range from "draw-in" breakfasts with local individuals experiencing homelessness, to dance workshops drawing international artists from our network of 15k+ members, to interactive multi-media installations.
Fisterra was founded by visual artist and entrepreneur, Jennifer Chenoweth. Austin Way featured Chenoweth’s project the XYZ Atlas on the cover of their “Art of the City” issue in 2016. Using community input to map emotional experiences of residents of Austin, Chenoweth created a mixed-media installation called the “XYZ Atlas: the Hedonic Map of Austin”, which culminated in an exhibition at the high point of collective experience, Zilker Park in May of 2016. The Downtown Austin Alliance commissioned XYZ Atlas: Congress Avenue in 2017. Jennifer presented the XYZ Atlas at TEDMED 2017. In 2019, Chenoweth appointed dance and technology duo Amy Morrow as Artistic Director and Larry Vanston as Executive Director of Fisterra.
Fisterra creates discourse between artists, physicists, psychologists, multi-media artists, and database architects. Executive Director, Dr. Vanston is an internationally recognized authority on technology forecasting for the communications industry. He has conducted and managed future-looking studies for the communications and other high-tech industries for over thirty years. With his expertise, we collaborate with lauded artists such as Jason Akira Somma (Rolex Grant Award) and Zoe Scofield (Guggenheim Fellow).
Our projects converge to further our mission annually during Theorist Fest featuring 85 multi-disciplinary artsits from seven countries over a four-day-weekend in Austin Texas. THEORIST FEST (October 24-27, 2019 in Downtown Austin) highlights Fisterra's projects including:
THE THEORISTS | dance performances, immerstive installations, classes & workshops
DRAW TOGETHER | creative kit events for neighbors experiencing homelessness
XYZ ATLAS | hedonic map of cities connecting people to their experiences and a shared sense of belonging