Heritage Award


The Pecan Street Association (“PSA”) is a not-for-profit 501(C)(4) board comprised of volunteer business owners, professionals, artists and concerned citizens dedicated to advancing and preserving the integrity of the important, historic and unique area known as the Sixth Street Historic District. In order to meet these goals, proceeds from the activities of PSA, mainly the Pecan Street Festival, include beautification, education and other promotional activities. In addition, PSA supports the community through financial contributions to charities serving the Austin region.

PSA’s Heritage Award honors a distinguished individual or individuals whose work demonstrate a commitment to excellence in historic and artistic preservation, particularly focused on the Sixth Street Historic District and surrounding downtown area. In doing so, we hope to inspire others to take action to preserve, protect, and promote Austin’s historic resources. Recognition includes a monetary award to be made to the recipient’s designated charity.

2014 was the first year PSA gave the award, and it went to Dr. Emma Lou Linn, Ph.D.

2015’s Heritage Award was given to Mr. Wayne Bell, FAIA.

2016’s Heritage Award went to, in memorium, Mr. Boyd Vance.

2017’s Heritage Award winners were Ms. Cynthia Pérez, Ms. Lidia Pérez and Ms. Sylvia Orozco.

2018’s Heritage Award winner was Rev. Freddie B. Dixon, PhD.

2019’s Heritage Award winners were Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton.