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South Austin Popular Culture Center

1516-B S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
The South Austin Popular Culture Center.

The South Austin Popular Culture Center.

Photo credit: Larry D. Moore [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

The South Austin Popular Culture Center (SouthPop) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting art and memorabilia that reflect Austin's eclectic contributions to popular culture worldwide. SouthPop champions Austin artists who were mainly responsible for "weird" Austin.

SouthPop was formally established in 2005 to collect and display concert posters by a group of artists known as the Armadillo Art Squad. It was born from a community art collective known as the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, which had coalesced in 2004 around the private files of Henry Gonzalez.

The collections expanded to include other live music venues of the 1970s. Eventually the purpose of SouthPop was to preserve the legacy of Austin's counterculture and popular arts through exhibitions, collection, and scholarship.

The center has evolved to become a collecting and exhibiting center for photography, prints, and non-traditional art and has widened the visibility of the Austin cultural scene.

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