To the unobservant customer, Dominican Joe appears to be just another Austin coffee shop. But underneath the hipster background music and mood lighting is a business run by two UT alumni that strives to give back to kids in Dominican Republic.
Ben Barker, co-founder of London-based PAN Studio, is bringing “talking lamps” to Austin. But for Barker and his co-founder Sam Hill, the biggest challenge wasn’t giving a lamppost the ability to talk via text message — it was figuring out what it would say.
The Blanton Museum of Art announced Friday that it is raising funds to install a new permanent installation: a 73-by-60 foot stand-alone stone building with luminous colored glass windows, a totemic wooden sculpture and 14 black-and-white marble stone panels.
As Austin City Council plans to declare February Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month on Thursday, the University and Austin organizations are working to raise awareness about domestic violence and provide resources for victims.