Art Builds Community: It’s a Process

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The newest public art acquisition in the City of San Antonio is right here in our neighborhood. Many may have noticed that there has been an art project going on for the past few months at the Fulton Street underpass connecting the Alta Vista and Beacon Hill neighborhoods.  In fact, this goal has been more than 5 years in the making and has passed through the hands of many elected officials and community governance volunteers. Thanks to the City’s 1% for Art program and our District 1 City Council representation (Diego Bernal and Roberto Carlos Trevino), we will enjoy this contribution to our cultural life for years to come.

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Photo Gallery: 30 Day Rx at Ruiz-Healy Art

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By Patty Ortiz

Known for art that is conceptually based and highly formal, Jesse Amado’s practice occupies the liminal space that hovers between life and art. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, he received his BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin and his BFA and MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Amado resided in both Texas and New York City for many years, but has now chosen to live in his hometown full time.

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“Fiesta Folks” at Flight Gallery For First Friday

Dr. Christopher Wallace. Photo by Josh Huskin.

Dr. Christopher Wallace. Photo by Josh Huskin.

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

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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