ChâteauMargo, a multi-faceted educational organization, led by Margo C. Grace, creates cultural and community events with the intention of providing access to education in diverse and unique fields.
Having worked for the University of Texas at Austin for the past decade, Margo is deeply committed to supporting educational opportunities for students, faculty, staff and researchers involved in academic excellence. She is looking for a new challenge that will build upon her professional strengths in the areas of communication, administration, strategic planning, marketing and public relations, and in particular, a position that will combine her exceptional interpersonal skills with her creativity.
Margo has been providing housing and community for visitors from near and far at her home in Austin for several years and the reviews on her AirBNB profile attest to her an extrodinary ability to provide a nurturing environment to promote educational opportunities and sustainable growth for artists, chefs, performers, academics, students, scholars and educators of all ages and all persuasions, both known and unknown. Margo genuinely enjoys hosting. To give you an example, one of her first guests, a post-doc from Galicia, is Godfather to her son!
It is essential for ChâteauMargo to have a stable venue for culture in it's many forms and Margo's current home in the Hyde Park neighborhood is not only a guesthouse, but also a meeting place in the tradition of a 'Salon'. With a team of volunteers, Margo showcases local food, art and music to the world and in turn brings the world's art and culture to Austin.
In addition to her work as a Program Coordinator for the EDGER Forum, Margo often hosts intimate and spontaneous art events. For example, upon returning to her hometown of New Orleans after living and working abroad for mare than decade, Margo rented a temporary space in the Art Warehouse District of New Orleans to showcase work from the Southern USA as well as Mexico, in particular the States that border the Gulf of Mexico: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida. While focusing on these locales, Margo produced "Virgo Rising" for the annual event in October titled "Art for Arts Sake” at her temporary art station ChâteauMargo on Julia Street in one of the thirteen sisters buildings in the historic arts district of New Orleans and exhibited work by more than 20 artists. When she moved to Austin in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Margo set up another temporary space: Gallery Coco, near downtown Austin on West Avenue and focused more deeply on new artists in Texas. The Hildegard Project, attracted several hundred visitors, and was a tribute to both her mother and the 12th Century mystic Hildegard von Bingen. In her very small studio in the Clarksville neighborhood (just one mile from the Capital Building), Margo hosted the festive event HARVEST, to honor of the moon, women, celestial bodies, the earth, agriculture and cats! Each event has purpose and these events are made with the intention of fortifying community.