Camp Out 2014: Creative Summertime Fun

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Photo courtesy Southwest School of Art.

It’s summertime in San Antonio. What will your kids be up to? If you haven’t formulated a plan, you’ll be glad to know that there are a number of organizations that do have a plan. And! There is still time left to sign up.

My suggestion? Keep the kids busy and stimulated with summer arts camps. There are quite a few good options here in town including some great performing arts opportunities. A great place to start is with family memberships to our local museums. Most offer family enjoyment options year around, with memberships running $65 – $85 annually. These memberships not only support the good works of the institutions, but also connect you to a stream of information, freebies, and discounts. The access to professional programming aimed at educating and stimulating your child will have payoffs extending well beyond the conundrum of what to do with bored kiddos, daycare, or just some good old-fashioned quiet time for the adults.

According to studies commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), young people exposed to arts education have better outcomes across the board. They make better grades, are more civically engaged, and ultimately have higher career goals for themselves. This study focused on “at risk youth,” and I say all of our youth are “at risk” these days. Hours in front of screens, human “interaction” focused in the virtual world, increasing childhood obesity. These are issues that every parent should be concerned with.

So, we’ve done a little homework for you. Here is a collection of links to summer programs in San Antonio with a focus on the arts. Some are already starting. Most of these break up the classes or “camps” into week-long segments so you can pick and choose a schedule that works for your family and pocketbook. Art will make a difference in your child’s life. And furthermore, it’s just plain fun. Isn’t that what being a kid should be all about?

By no means is this a complete list. However, it is a short list of significant “cultural engines” in our city to begin with. Also, check the website at the San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development (DCCD).

Go forth! Be creative! Stay cool!

 

Tami Kegley and Page Graham power ArtBlogSa.com and are regular contributors to The Rivard Report.

Tami is also a regular contributor to KLRN ARTS on Friday evenings at 8:30 and Sunday afternoons at 2:00.

 

CAM Week 1: Off to a Great Start

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What an amazing start for Contemporary Art Month, and we haven’t even gotten through the first week yet! From Gallery Nord, to the Fox Motel, and then down to the 1906 S. Flores complex, it feels like we’ve been everywhere already. But there’s lots more to come. The CAM Kickoff Party will be this Thursday at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, and Second Saturday in the SoFlo/Lone Star Arts District is sure to be full of surprises. There’s also two fundraising events to choose from on Saturday night: Artist Foundation and the San Antonio Film Festival.

Check out Tami Kegley’s feature of what we’ve seen so far, and what’s to coming up in The Rivard Report by clicking here.

For the latest news, be sure to like CAM on Facebook.

 

Andrés Ferrandis: “Numinous” at Ruiz-Healy Art

Numinous (adj.)  describing an experience that makes you fearful yet excited and fascinated, awed yet attracted. The powerful, personal feeling of being overwhelmed and truly inspired.

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We had the pleasure of chatting with contemporary artist, Andrés Ferrandis in advance of his show, Numinous, at Ruiz-Healy Art in Olmos Park. Ferrandis, in San Antonio for this opening event, hails from Valencia, Spain, and is currently based out of Miami.

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For Your Consideration: McNay Print Fair

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Never having been before, I didn’t know what to expect at the McNay Art Museum Print Fair. When the gentleman said to me, “I can’t choose between the Indiana or the Calder,” I was hooked. Yes, we’re speaking of Robert Indiana and Alexander Calder. As it turns out, this is an event San Antonio should be proud to be hosting. It isn’t merely the only event of its kind in Texas, it’s unique to the Southwest.

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SAMA Members’ Strong Response to Recent Staff Changes

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Trey Todd (left) and Tom Greenwell (center) and at the SAMA Contemporaries tour of the Kanyusik collection, September 23, 2013.

Recent staff changes at San Antonio Museum of Art, namely the elimination of the position of Assistant Curator of Latin American Art, Nancy Fullerton, and the sudden resignation of Contemporary Curator David S. Rubin, came as a complete surprise to arts community. Our recent article focused on the outpouring of praise and support for them, but there have been a number of off-the-record remarks expressing discontent about this situation.

However, two well-respected SAMA members, Tom Greenwell and Trey Todd, have decided to go public with their displeasure.

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S.A. Art Community Responds to David Rubin’s Resignation

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David Rubin (R) talks to Alejandro Padilla at the opening party for the On and Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour on February 21, 2014. Photo by Page Graham.

According to a report in the San Antonio Express-News also widely circulated on social media, David Rubin, The Brown Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) submitted his resignation on Tuesday, February 24, 2014. The resignation is effective immediately.

ArtBlogSA reached out to SAMA for comment and this statement was released :

“David has contributed so much to this museum, he goes with our great gratitude,” said Katie Luber, the Kelso Director at the museum. “We wish him well in all of his future endeavors and we look forward to seeing what he does next within the field of contemporary art.”

Prior to working at the San Antonio Museum of Art, Rubin was the Curator of Visual Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans from 2000-2006. He has also held positions at the Phoenix Art Museum, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art (now MOCA Cleveland), Freedman Gallery, Albright College, San Francisco Art Institute, Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, and Scripps College. He holds an M.A. in Art History from Harvard University.

Our initial response was shock. For us here at ArtBlogSA, Rubin had very much become the face of SAMA. Always in motion, always creating opportunities for the SAMA Contemporary Group to interact with each other here in San Antonio, across the U.S. and abroad. Collectors, gallerists, artists, academics, aficionados, neophytes, rich and poor, young and old — all mixed and mingled effortlessly. Rubin led the way with his uncanny ability to make often esoteric subject matter accessible and meaningful to those willing to show up for his frequent and popular talks.

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