ArtSpark is a boundary-spanning effort to bring different creative groups together, including theatre, graphic design, art and gaming. I saw a one of the productions, "Girl 7" last week, and it was a theatre experience like no other I've had. I highly recommend it to everyone, especially bootstrappers.
Festivals like these are really important and leverage Austin's unique communities by brining them together. It reminds me of an earlier post (and discussion within Bootstrap Austin) about how innovation emerges from the borders between distinct fields. The Digitial Convergence Initiative Conference coming up next week is yet another effort along similar lines. Bootstrap Austin is playing its role in this unfolding process through the Bootstrap Ambassador Program.
I'd like to see more of these boundary-spanning initiatives. The innovation that emerges will astound us. Of course, many experiments that come from them will fail, but that is also an intrinsic part of the process.