Young Poets Make Sense of Our World at the Vision+Voice Celebration

Young poets have an incredible opportunity to publish their poems, and gain greater access to authentic audiences.

Austin Community College is celebrating the winners of the 2020 Vision+Voice Poetry Contest on Saturday, September 5th at 6pm.

Yes, the pandemic disrupted our lives, but ACC will not stop in celebrating the students who participated in the 2020 Vision+Voice Poetry Contest. Instead of doing an in-person event, ACC has pivoted to use technology to celebrate these amazing students. Join Vision+Voice on Saturday, September 5 at 6pm to see what our Central Texas poets have created.

As always, the event features the world premiere of poetry videos shot at Austin PBS, an exhibit of the 2020 Vision+Voice poetry posters, words of encouragement from ACC Chancellor Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC Board Member Dr. Nora de Hoyos Comstock, and our beloved Master of Ceremonies, New Orleans poet Brad Richard.

Vision+Voice is especially excited to have Juan Felipe Herrera, the 21st US Poet Laureate, as an honored guest for this celebration of poetry.

The program also features interviews of the poets, their parents, and teachers.

“Right now, more than any time in our students’ lives, we need to make sense of our world. We need help connecting to others during these strange times and figuring out ways to express all the feelings and struggles that we’re going through. Poetry is a great way to do that. Thank you to the Vision+Voice program for providing these opportunities for our students. Thank you to all the young poets out there for sharing your words with us.” 
– Carrie Juettner, 7th Grade Language Arts teacher at Gorzycki Middle School.

About Vision+Voice

Vision+Voice is an annual poetry contest for K-12 students in the Austin Community College service area. Launched in 2013, Vision+Voice was established by ACC to provide multiple venues for students to become published poets, and give students more opportunities to share their work with authentic audiences. Poems of any language are accepted.

Winning poems are selected by a panel of judges consisting of ACC Creative Writing students, faculty, and published poets.

Vision+Voice provides students multiple opportunities to share their work:

  • All submitted poems are published at
  • Winning poets are invited to videotape their poems at Austin PBS studios, and these videos are posted on the Vision+Voice youtube channel.
  • Winning poems are published in an anthology.
  • One winning poem per grade is paired with original artwork by ACC students to produce posters that are displayed across ACC campuses and throughout Austin.
  • Public readings and poster exhibits are hosted by Malvern Books.
  • ACC hosts an annual celebration to celebrate the students, teachers and parents who participated in Vision+Voice.

Vision+Voice is a joint project of the Art & Digital Media Division and the Liberal Arts, Humanities & Communication Division at ACC.

Join us on September 5th at 6pm:

For more information contact
Polly Monear


2019-2020 ADM Highlights and Accomplishments

2019-2020 ADM Highlights and Accomplishments

One of the most rewarding experiences of being the Dean of Arts & Digital Media at Austin Community College is when we take the time to reflect on the prior year’s activities and share the highlights and accomplishments from our students, faculty, staff, and community partners. I encourage you to not only join us as we celebrate the achievements and points of pride, but to also take this opportunity to further explore what Arts & Digital Media has to offer you. As we like to say, “Your Story Starts Here” and we would love to be a part of your story. We proudly serve our mission to position our students to be successful in reaching their educational and career goals through an interdisciplinary pathway of leading-edge industry technology training and integration, university transfer preparation, and personal enrichment.

Dr. Tom Nevill, Dean of Arts and Digital Media

See our list of highlights and accomplishments!

44th Annual Student Art Exhibition

44th Annual Student Art Exhibition

Mar 14 – Apr 11

Reception: Wednesday, April 8, 6-8pm

Reception: Wednesday, April 8, 6-8pm
ACC’s most anticipated exhibition of the best student work from the past year.

Dougherty Arts Center, Julia C Butridge Gallery
1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

44th Annual Student Art Exhibition Continued
April 20–May 24
The Annual Student Exhibition will be relocated to Highland Campus Building 4000 and remain through the West Austin Studio Tour

International Festival

International Festival 

March 27th

Please join ACC’s Liberal Arts, Humanities and Communications & Arts and Digital Media divisions for a night of cultural celebration at our 3rd annual International Festival. Taking place on Friday March 27th, from 6-8 p.m., this festival will feature exhibitors from ACC and the wider Austin community, live music from Inside Out Steel Band, cultural performances, and delicious food.

Admission is free and open to the public, please consider bringing along a donation of non-perishable food to support our Student Life Food Pantry, as we address food insecurity for our ACC students.

ACC 3rd annual International Festival
Friday March 27, 2020
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Highland Campus, Building 4000

Food Drive

Food Drive

Arts and Digital Media is delighted to host a Food Drive bin in collaboration with our campus Student Life office. 50% of community college students struggle with food insecurity. We strive at ACC to address that with continuous food donations during the semester to stock our campus food pantry to better serve our students in need. If you are visiting us at the Highland Campus (or want a great reason to come say hello), please bring a non perishable food item to donate to our bin. Ideal items for the pantry are: meals in a can (soup, stew, chili), whole grain cereals, healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit), canned foods with pop-top lids, pasta, canned chicken and tuna, peanut butter, and canned fruits and vegetables. Thank you to you, our community for your continued support of our ACC students.

Sneak Peeks at SXSW

Sneak Peeks at SXSW

ACC SNEAK PEEKS is a SXSW Film Festival Community Screening of short narratives and documentaries by students from the Austin Community College Radio-Television-Film Department.

This showcase is free to the community, so come be a part of the SXSW excitement on Saturday, March 14th, 5pm at the AFS Cinema by our very own Highland Campus!

Partnering with community and industry, the ACC Radio-Television-Film Department cultivates media makers through immersive educational programs in the art, technological craft, and business of digital storytelling.

Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert

Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert

March 6 & 7

ACC Dance Department Presents its third annual fundraiser:
Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert
Friday & Saturday, March 6 & 7, 2020 at 8:00pm
Highland Campus Dance Studio Theater (Bldg 4000, Rm 2205)
Featuring works by invited guests, Toni Bravo, ZATERO Dance, Lindsey Gerson, TXST’s Merge Touring Ensemble; as well as ACC Dance faculty members Ellen Bartel, Joseph Cox, Roxy Gage, Darla Johnson, and Sunny Jun Shen
General Admission: 1 Can of Food + $10 general
Student and senior Admission: $5

Seating is very limited. Please purchase tickets in advance.

All proceeds benefit our robust scholarship program.
For more information, please call 512-223-7198.


Student Literary Gathering

Literary Coffeehouse: Reading & Open Mic

Mar 9th

Everyone is welcome to attend the Austin Community College Creative Writing Department’s Literary Coffeehouse, hosted by Charlotte Gullick. An open mic follows the featured reader, so bring poems, stories, scripts, rants, raves or midnight confessions to share, or just come to listen and enjoy.

This month’s featured reader is Tommy Mouton.

Tommy Mouton is a Southern writer and a writing coach. A former John Steinbeck Fellow (2013-2014), his work appears in Auburn Avenue, Reed, and Callaloo. A dynamic dramatic reader, his work has been featured in venues hosted by KKUP 91.5 “Out of Our Minds” Poetry Radio, Sacramento Stories on Stage, LitQuake, Center for Literary Arts, Poetry Center San José, and a host of others. Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, raised in the unincorporated community of Moss Bluff (the principal setting of his memoir-in-progress and the inspiration for much of this work), Tommy recently, as of July 2018, relocated to Austin from San José, CA—with his wife and three children. He currently teaches creative writing and composition at Huston-Tillotson University. This is his first Austin reading invitation.

See more on Malvern Books

Harry & the Thief

Harry & the Thief

February 27th – March 8th
Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm * Sundays at 2:00pm

Mimi’s cousin has a PhD in physics, a brand new time machine and a plan. Send Mimi, a professional thief, back to 1863 to help Harriet Tubman change the course of history.

ACC Becomes the First Adobe Creative Community College Campus in the Nation

ACC Becomes the First Adobe Creative Community College Campus in the Nation

Students at Austin Community College now have an extensive range of options to increase their digital skills, thanks to the new partnership between ACC and Adobe. Adobe’s suite of programs will provide students with cutting edge creative tools to become better communicators in a variety of media. As a result, they will be more competitive in the vibrant technology hub located in Central Texas and beyond.

Tom Nevill, Dean of Arts and Digital Media at ACC, played an essential role in forming this partnership. He says, “The Adobe Creative Campus Program means more faculty can develop immersive projects for the classroom and our students can graduate with advanced skills that will put them ahead in the modern workplace.”

Adobe Creative Cloud is a platform which allows everyone to tell their own stories in a visually compelling manner. Adobe’s cloud-connected applications for desktop and mobile devices enhance creative problem solving, collaboration, and overall efficiency when creating documents, imagery, video, and audio.

These experiences are vital for students to become the kind of skilled employees our rapidly-evolving job market demands. As Stephen Marshall, Adobe Digital Literacy Thought Leader says, “The workforce of the future expects students to be great communicators but also be comfortable in the digital space.”
We encourage students to take advantage of these resources and enhance their skills in using these digital tools enabling them to solve problems, produce innovative projects, and enhance communications. The end result? They will be prepared for the challenges of an evolving workplace and become vital contributors to their communities.
The suite of programs is available for $10 per semester for ACC students enrolled in class designated in the catalog as “Adobe eligible;” $50 per semester for all others. For more information contact Matt Evins,, (512) 223-7564