In its seventh year, Luminaria has announced a call for entries for the 2015 festival happening October 23 – 24. Executive Director Kathy Armstrong has announced a return to the “open call” format.
And you thought Fiesta was over for the year… WRONG!
There will be one more chance to view Josh Huskin’s “Fiesta People” at Flight Gallery on First Friday, May 1.
This very clever collection of portraits was shot over a 10 day period in April. Huskin also used the shooting of the portraits to raise money for the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, a nonprofit that makes grants to individual artists residing in Bexar County. Over the past 10 years, this organization has made grants totaling $627,000 to 112 artists.
Artist Foundation was recently recognized by readers of the San Antonio Current as “Best Nonprofit Organization” of 2015.
For more information about this project, check out my original article at The Rivard Report.
The Altered Landscape will consider ideas surrounding the contemporary landscape. Photographers exploring place in terms of histories, geographies and geologies, focusing on the interaction of people and environment or on environmental concerns are encouraged to apply.
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?
- San Antonio Museum of Art
- The McNay
- The Witte
- The Children’s Museum of San Antonio
- Magik Theater
- The Playhouse San Antonio
- Southwest School of Art
- Barshop Jewish Community Center of San Antonio
- Ballet Conservatory of South Texas
- Carver Community Cultural Center
- The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
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 is also a regular contributor to KLRN ARTS on Friday evenings at 8:30 and Sunday afternoons at 2:00.
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.
It was great to have the Lila Cockrell Theater essentially to ourselves on Wednesday night for the press preview dress rehearsal of Ballet San Antonio’s Cinderella. Well…Page and I, and aside from company personnel and support, a lovely group of children enjoying the ballet from The Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio. Detail: Anyone who knows me, knows that I do not pay children gratuitous compliments. These kids were very well behaved!
We hustled over Geekdom on Monday evening to join Kelly Schaub and her first crop of artists to participate in the CSA. The Community Supported Art initiative gives 9 artists a stipend to create works of art for 50 shares. These shares are available for purchase at $350. We think it is a great concept,and one that is catching on around the country, so why not San Antonio?