About Us

18below is a community-minded organization based in Austin, Texas which is a platform to promote, encourage and inspire local youth to express themselves artistically through live showcases and performances and exhibits in the areas of music, art, poetry, film and dance. 18below partners with local organizations and teen-friendly mentors to guide and produce creative experiences and treats each artist with the utmost respect and consideration. 

Currently, 18below sponsors a series of monthly performance showcases at Irie Bean Coffee Bar (second Saturday of the month) and Austin Ale House (last Sunday of the month) where artistically minded teens, their families and friends can enjoy a creative safe haven in which they can express themselves through their art while they develop and nurture synergy amongst their peers. In conjunction with the series, 18below have hosted shows at Stubbs, Mohawk, Spider House Ballroom, and Skylark Lounge.

18below 2D is a special extension of our community that focuses on the visual arts. In addition to organizing local art openings and exhibitions, 18below 2D will serve as a resource for young visual artists to network with their peers and mentors, and to receive support for their future endeavors.

18below strives to create a cohesive artistic community for all of Central Texas.