The Kehrein Center opened in spring 2019, after the completion of a $5 million renovation project to the theater connected to Catalyst Circle Rock primary and middle school. In summer 2022, the Kehrein Center became an independent foundation, with core values dedicated to providing a place for community edification, entrepreneurial sustainability, human expression and educational incubation to Austin and greater West side community.
“In a lot of Black neighborhoods, you don’t get a chance to see your face on images or art that represents you, that is magnified,” Keithley said before Wednesday’s unveiling.
“For me, it’s important for any ethnic people to see themselves in beauty. That awakens your brilliance. That’s what I have always wanted to do, to show people that you’re big and you’re beautiful.”