The Paintings of Veronica Kumpf


New East Arts Gallery
1601 East 5th St.

Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept. 6th 7:00-10:00 pm
Closing Reception: Friday, Sept. 19th 7:00-10:00 pm

More Info:
(512) 538-5657


Please join us at New East Arts Gallery as we showcase the work of visual artist Veronica Kumpf, whose vibrant paintings, which have been featured in Steam and Rockstar Magazines, range from portraits to meditations on interpersonal relationships and complex social issues.

Born in Buffalo, New York and raised in Dallas, Kumpf became artistically active in high school, creating complex lettering pieces as gifts for family members and drawing as a therapeutic exercise for herself. Citing a wide range of artistic influences, from Paul Cezanne to Judy Chicago, Kumpf’s paintings display a feeling of rhythm and movement, with themes that seek to challenge viewers and to engage them in dialogue about controversial societal issues, ranging from women’s issues to oppression.

Veronica Kumpf’s Work will be displayed from September 6th-19th at the New East Arts Gallery, dedicated to showcasing new and emerging local artists, with special emphasis on representing Austin’s diverse cultural communities and providing exhibition opportunities for artists of color.

1st Annual RAS Day: Music, Movement, Magic, Massage


Who: Riders Against the Storm

Where: Kenny Dorham’s Backyard
1106 East 11th
Austin, Texas

When: August 30, 2014

3:00 – 11:00PM

Contact: Jonathan Mahone

Tel: 401.952.8711


Event website:

August, 25, 2014, Austin, TX – Nearly one year ago, husband-wife hip hop duo, (RAS) Riders Against the Storm, made a conscious decision to publicly celebrate ‘healing’ and the ‘wonders of receiving’ when the city of Austin proclaimed August 29th as ‘(RAS) Riders Against the Storm Day.’ Today, as tensions, and historic social ills seem to be at a boiling point, Chaka and Qi Dada, Austin’s 2013-14 ‘Band of the Year,’ are calling for a celebratory day of retreat, refreshment, re-membering, and rejuvenation at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard on Austin’s East Side on Saturday, August 30th.

Most holidays are about giving, but ‘RAS DAY’ is a free (donations suggested) outdoor event that is all about receiving.  Funds raised from the event will be donated to support renovations and improvements at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard.

‘We want attendees to feel taken care of, and catered to.  The idea is to get people moving.  Moving together.  There are so many ways to improve mental and spiritual health through movement, and we want to present different options that can lead to rejuvenation,’ says Qi Dada, a dance instructor, life coach, and certified Reiki practitioner.

The first annual event features the combination of holistic movement workshops (Yoga, Qi Gong, Bollywood and African Dance, Capoeira) and live music performances.  From 3 -6 pm, East Side Yoga, Practice Yoga, Step N Motion, Ballet Afrique Contemporary Dance Company, and more, will be offering 20 minute movement classes on the lawn of Kenny Dorham’s Backyard.  Live performances by (RAS) Riders Against the Storm, Gina Chavez, Jackie Venson, Elizabeth McQueen, Kiko Villamizar, The Levites, Bavu Blakes, Las Krudas, and more will take place from 6:30 – 11:00 pm. 

Complimentary massages will be offered throughout the day by certified therapists, with complimentary beverages/healthy snacks provided by event sponsors: Texas Music Water, Buddha’s Brew Kombucha, Live Soda, Juju Juice, Kind, and Beanitos. 

Since arriving in Austin 4 years ago, RAS has built a strong community around music, art, and healing.  Body Rock ATX, also known by some followers as ‘Body Church,’ is an underground dance party produced in conjunction with DJ Chorizo Funk, that has become a cultural ‘mecca’ for good vibes and community.  Chaka and Qi Dada see the party (in its modern form) as the ‘bastard child of ceremony,’ and there is a sense that the unseen currents between everyone within radius of the stage has been turned on electrically as Chaka Mpeanaji and Qi Dada humbly accept their role as conductors/facilitators.

‘When we celebrate life and each other, we are also fighting for justice.  Justice can only be achieved when we truly recognize that we all deserve the same human rights.  I can’t kill or destroy something or someone that I connect with deeply.  But, I can’t connect with anyone or anything deeply if I am not willing to heal the scars that keep me isolated and afraid,’ says Chaka Mpeanaji.

‘RAS DAY’ is a public step towards those deeper connections.  The duo intends to grow the event annually, ultimately building a city-wide celebration destination in the near future.  

A recent KXAN new report about RAS’ work:

East End 4th Fourth Friday: August 2014



   X-Kids (under 18 rock band)

   First Fruits (instrumental soul/funk)

   First Flight (soul/funk band)


When: Friday, August 22nd, 2014


Gates and Kid Stuff Open: 7:00 p.m.


Music Starts: 7:45 p.m.


Where: Kenny Dorham’s Backyard

1106 East 11th Street

Austin, TX 78702


Cover Charge: $5 Adults

Kids (12 and under) enter Free

Free East Side Pies for kids early while it lasts

BYOBeverage (no glass)

Free Live Oak Beer

Soft drinks and food available for purchase


Contact: DiverseArts



Get ready for another season of East End Fourth Fridays! as DiverseArts Culture Works in collaboration with the East End IBIZ District brings the community block party back for another year to the neighborhood. This year promises to bring new levels of community growth and fun as several local businesses will be offering specials, happy hours and entertainment throughout the day.


Throughout the evening, we also invite you to enjoy the various family friendly activities we will have available. Come see the kid-focused entertainment in the Kenny Dorham’s Backyard Kids’ Corner, a special area for kids to play and enjoy the day. Each month, Kids’ Corner will feature arts and crafts, toys, free books from our exchange library, and free pizza for kids(while it lasts!) provided by East Side Pies.


The evening promises to have something for everyone, so don’t miss the opportunity to hang out and support your favorite local businesses. For more information and daily updates, check out the East End Fourth Fridays Facebook page,, or the DiverseArts website,


East End Fourth Fridays! is a programming series produced by DiverseArts Culture Works to help showcase the cultural legacy of East Austin for the benefit of the community. Held every 4th Friday of the month, East End Fourth Fridays! is designed to bring a relaxed, communal, open-air, art and culture block-party to the newly revitalized East End.


IBIZ Districts(r) are a program of Austin Independent Business Alliance and are co-sponsored by the City of Austin Economic Development Department.



Austin Cultral Arts Division.


DiverseArts Culture Works is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at

Facing East: 48 Hours in the Life of East Austin (2014) Creative Opportunity


Who: Competition is open to the public, hosted by DiverseArts Culture Works
What: A Photo and Video Competition
Where: An exhibition of selected works will be featured at New East Arts Gallery

Shooting Weekend:
August 22nd-24th, 2014;
All submissions must be shot between 6 pm on August 22nd and 6 pm on August 24th, 2013

Submission Deadline:
Photography: September 5th by 6:00 pm
Film/Video: September 12th by 6:00 pm

Participants Notified:
September 19th, 2014

Opening Reception:
September 27th @ 7:00 pm

Applications Download:
Facing East Application

If you’re talented with a lens and enjoy capturing the life around you on film, listen up!

DiverseArts Culture Works is calling for submissions for the 14th annual production of Facing East: 48 Hours in the Life of East Austin. Facing East is a multimedia docu-arts exhibit of visual media, shot within a single 48-hour period in East Austin (east of IH 35). Artists will shoot between 6pm August 22nd through 6pm on August 24th 2014 to capture a brief portrait of life on the East Side.

Each photo series, film or video must include at least one image, frame or time/date burn that documents the date shot. A time/date prop will be on display at both the New East Arts Gallery (1601 E. 5th, #106) and Kenny Dorham’s Backyard (1106 E. 11th St) during shooting times.
This project is part of DiverseArts’ larger mission of collecting and documenting archival materials on the history and current life of Austin’s East End Cultural Heritage District. DiverseArts seeks submissions that reflect different perspectives of East Austin’s rapidly changing—and in some ways, unchanging—landscape.
Submissions will be accepted until September 12th at 6:00pm. A panel of judges will evaluate the submissions and choose the best among them to hang in the exhibition. Participants will be notified on September 19th to confirm whether their submissions are chosen. Those chosen will have selections of their work featured in an exhibition at New East Arts Gallery starting September 27th. The judges will award Best of Show to the strongest piece from each category (Photography and Video), and the winners will receive prizes of cash and supplies.

For more information, guidelines and entry forms visit, the New East Arts Gallery and various other locations in Austin.


DiverseArts is funded in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that …..a great nation deserves great art.