8 times you can see Banksy (sort of)

By Rae Jefferson
Director of Marketing and Communications

This post is an extension of the Conversations with Creative Waco radio program on 103.3 KWBU fm, where we take you behind the scenes of art and culture in Waco. Catch us live on the fourth and fifth Friday of every month at 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.

 Brian Greif, star of film "Saving Banksy," stands with "Haight Street Rat." The film documents his preservation of the Banksy piece from a building in San Francisco in 2010. He'll be present for a lecture at Cultivate 7Twelve later in September.

Brian Greif, star of film "Saving Banksy," stands with "Haight Street Rat." The film documents his preservation of the Banksy piece from a building in San Francisco in 2010. He'll be present for a lecture at Cultivate 7Twelve later in September.

 Photos courtesy of Cultivate 7Twelve and Brian Greif.

Photos courtesy of Cultivate 7Twelve and Brian Greif.

This September, Waco will make state history as the first city in Texas to host a piece of street art from world-famous and anonymous artist Banksy. Although the public doesn't know for sure who the mysterious Banksy really is, the street artist's work is highly recognizable and makes satirical commentary on political and social issues across the world. Throughout September, Waco will host "Haight Street Rat," a Banksy piece saved from destruction in San Francisco in 2010, at local art gallery Cultivate 7Twelve.

Cultivate director Rebekah Hagman is on Conversations with Creative Waco this week to talk about how such a special piece of art is making its way to Waco. The exhibition, titled "Writing on the Wall," will feature local art inspired by street art and word-based creation. Hear the episode today at 8 p.m. on 103.3 fm KWBU, or listen to the recording here. In the meantime, check out this calendar (courtesy of Cultivate 7Twelve) of all the Banksy-related events happening at the gallery during the month of September. Don't miss special events with leading street art critic James Daichendt and "Saving Banksy" star Brian Greif.

FIRST LOOK COCKTAIL RECEPTION

6 – 11 P.M. THURSDAY, SEPT. 6

$30 per person. Tickets available here.
Includes screening of documentary “Saving Banksy” at the Hippodrome; gallery reception; champagne bar and light fare from Luna Juice Catering; lecture and Q&A from prominent art collector and star of “Saving Banksy,” Brian Greif. Cocktail attire requested.

FIRST FRIDAY EXHIBITION OPENING

6 – 10 P.M. FRIDAY, SEPT. 7

Free and open to the public.
First chance for the public to see the installation for free. Includes live music; champagne bar from Luna Juice Catering; additional food vendors Summer Snow and Sweetness Desserts.

JAMES DAICHENDT ON “WRITING ON THE WALL”

6:30 – 7:30 P.M. SUNDAY, SEPT. 16

Free and open to the public.
Join us for this rare opportunity to hear from the top Street Art Critic in the US.  Jim Daichendt is an art critic and journalist for KECT's Artbound, the nation's largest public television station and the The San Diego Union Tribune. In addition, he is the chief editor of the academic journal, Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art. Daichendt holds a doctorate from Columbia University and graduate degrees from Harvard and Boston universities.  Not to be missed!

DINNER AMONG FRIENDS

7 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. MONDAY, SEPT. 17

$70/$85 per person. Tickets available here
A fine dining experience with leaders from the world of art and theology  with performances by poet and author Micheal O'Siadhail, composer and author Jeremie Begbie.  DINNER FEATURES: A three course Celtic-inspired menu from Barnett's Chef Elizabeth Pannabecker paired with wines from Barnett's exclusive wine library, beer selections from Brotherwell Brewing, and a whisky tasting with Balcones

BRUNCH WITH BANKSY FEAT. LUNA JUICE

11 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. SATURDAY, SEPT. 22

$38 per person. Tickets available here

Join us for a special twist on southern eats & hospitality as Luna Juice Catering appeases our palates with a myriad of delicious brunch items inspired by color & craft. Enjoy Chef Summer's vegetarian spin on a southern classic, Chicken & Waffles, paired with fresh brunch bellinis.

COCKTAILS WITH THE CURATOR

6 P.M. – 7 P.M. THURSDAY, SEPT. 27

Free and open to the public.
Q&A-style panel discussion with co-curators of exhibition “Writing on the Wall,” including star of “Saving Banksy” Brian Greif, Creative Waco executive director Fiona Bond, Cultivate 7Twelve director Rebekah Hagman.

AN EVENING WITH BRIAN GREIF

6 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. FRIDAY, SEPT. 28

$12 per person. Tickets available here
Extended lecture, discussion and Q&A with prominent art collector and star of “Saving Banksy,” Brian Grief. Includes light bites and drinks courtesy of Luna Juice Catering. 

COFFEE AND CLOSING THOUGHTS

10 A.M. – 12 P.M. SATURDAY, SEPT. 29

$5 per person. Tickets available here
Celebrate the closing of the “Writing on the Wall” exhibition with Brian Greif. Includes pastries and coffee.