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Christmas in October

Oct 19

Date: 10/19/2019 -

Time: 8:00 am

Elisabet Ney Museum
304 E. 44th St.
Austin, Texas 78751

Since RECA's founding in 1991, our annual Christmas in October project has served local community groups in need, contributing more than $2 million in cash and in-kind donations during the process. Christmas in October is RECA's largest philanthropic event and participating in the project is a great way to contribute to a worthy cause while networking and building lasting relationships with other RECA members.

Register for Christmas in October

For 2019, RECA has chosen to partner with the City owned and operated Elisabet Ney Museum for its 2019 Christmas in October philanthropic project. Located in the heart of Hyde Park, the museum is the former studio and home to the portrait collection created by 19th century sculptor Elisabet Ney, who was an iconoclastic German sculptor who moved to Austin in 1882. Ney has had her work featured at both the Texas Capitol and National Capitol and with over 30,000 visitors per year, the local museum celebrates her art, her history and her legacy through exhibitions and family-friendly events.

Though well-known and centrally-located, the Elisabet Ney Museum is a gem that is not polished. Staff, visitors, and stakeholders alike see the potential that this site contains, but limited resources and people-power are the only obstacles to that vision. Among the projects for Christmas in October is the creation of a tourist-worthy mural to be painted on one of the museum’s outbuildings, the installation of a custom fence and signage that will teach visitors about Miss Ney, Hyde Park, the City of Austin, Waller Creek. There are also several general painting and native landscape recreation projects that need to be completed.

Here's How You Can Help

Stay tuned for mor einformaiton about providing an in-kind or monetary donation. If you're a RECA member, you can learn more about joining the planning committee below. 

Join the 2019 Christmas in October Committee

The 2019 Christmas in October Committee is already meeting to plan our 2019 project, but you're welcome to join at any time. You must be a RECA member to participate on the committee. Here's how to join:

- Visit this webpage and log in on the right
- Unless they've been changed, your username is your email address and the default password is RECA2014
- Click on the Christmas in October Committee
- Click on "Join Group" just below the committee name header
- You'll begin receiving notifications about upcoming meetings and other important information

Upcoming Committee Meeting Dates

Thursday, May 9 — Save Calendar Invite
Thursday, June 20 (site visit) — Save Calendar Invite
Thursday, August 8 — Save Calendar Invite
Thursday, September 5 — Save Calendar Invite
Thursday, October 3 — Save Calendar Invite
Saturday, October 19 — Christmas in October Volunteer Event — Save Calendar Invite