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Comprehensive Art Gifts and Events Guide Highlights Purchases that Support San Antonio’s Artists and Organizations During COVID-19
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (NOVEMBER 13, 2020) – In response to the global coronavirus pandemic, more than 40 leaders and institutions from San Antonio’s culture and arts organizations joined forces to create Culture and Arts United for San Antonio (CAUSA), a collective designed to raise public awareness of the value of arts and culture to San Antonio’s economic and cultural vibrancy. This holiday season, CAUSA is encouraging San Antonians and visitors to the city to “shop local” and support the abundance of artists and arts organizations offering holiday gifts and events. Direct purchases and participation will help to ease the economic burden these organizations face due to the global pandemic and the effects felt by San Antonio’s artistic communities.
“The arts voice our core values and provide a window to our souls,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Local arts organizations enrich our lives and reflect San Antonio’s unique cultural ambiance. The pandemic has created extraordinary challenges for the arts community. It is crucial for San Antonians to support our artists and help sustain our creative culture during these difficult times.”
According to an economic impact study conducted by Dr. Steven Nivin, an associate professor of economics at St. Mary’s University, director of the SABÉR Institute, and managing member and chief economist of Steven R. Nivin, Ph.D., LLC, arts organizations in San Antonio have experienced financial losses of $24,076,609 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the reduced revenue stream from out of town visitors, layoffs and event cancelations, the total impact to the arts organizations of San Antonio is estimated to be $71,069,749.
“During the holidays, I ask that you remember that there are thousands of small businesses in Bexar County – artists, craftspeople, artisans, and others – who produce fantastic and beautiful work,” said Commissioner Justin Rodriguez. “This year, invest in our community by seeking them out, keeping your money local, and helping support the thriving artist and artisanal communities.“
For information on participating arts organizations, events and holiday fairs, please see below:
• Holiday shoppers are encouraged to support Alamo City Performing Arts Association with a membership or corporate membership. The organization provides support for its ballet company, Alamo City Dance Company, and its orchestra, Symphony Viva. Support for the organization also helps to provide training and performance opportunities for Eva's Heroes. This year Alamo City Performing Arts Association will give its performance videos to local hospitals and local non-profits so they can enjoy the arts safely during this pandemic.
• On December 12, Alamo City Performing Arts Association will present its film of its 28th Nutcracker that was filmed at the Southwest School for the Arts and Witte Museum and performed by Alamo City Dance Company. The organization brought this holiday tradition together in a socially distanced performance. More information can be found at https://www.alamocityperformingartsassociation.com/nutcracker-a-dance-film.html
• For those ready to get into the holiday spirit, Artpace will be hosting an online Clay Ornaments Workshop led by Michael Foerster. The beginner level clay workshop will allow attendees to learn and use basic hand-building skills including pinching, carving, and attaching to create their own personalized and one–of–a–kind holiday ornaments. Following the first session of the workshop, attendees will drop off their work to be fired at Artpace, then a few days later they can pick up their ornaments and finish the pieces outside of the session with paint, watercolor, stain, etc. During the second session of the workshop, attendees will be able to share their finished pieces, drink eggnog, and be merry! Registration for the event can be found at https://artpace.org/artpace_events/michael-foerster-clay-ornaments-workshop.
Blue Star Contemporary
• This Holiday season, Blue Star Contemporary is encouraging San Antonians to support the organization by gifting a membership to San Antonio's longest-running contemporary art nonprofit. Members receive special perks throughout the year, including special behind-the-scenes events and advance registration opportunities for artist programs. Splurge on a Contemporaries-level membership and receive access to free admission and membership benefits at more than 70 modern and contemporary across the U.S. and Canada, including The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; New Museum in NYC; and locally at the McNay Art Museum and Artpace San Antonio. Support for Blue Star Contemporary goes toward artist-centric exhibitions and education programs.
• For those looking to give the gift of art, shoppers are encouraged to view artwork available for purchase on Blue Star Contemporary’s website. Available artwork can be found at https://bluestarcontemporary.square.site/.
• This holiday season, a limited amount of first-edition commissioned pieces of hand-blown glass ornaments, inspired by the beautiful Majestic Theatre and designed by Phillip Schrank of Gallery Vetro, are available for purchase through Las Casas Foundation. These unique works of art are being sold for $100; a portion of each purchase is tax-deductible and benefits Las Casas Foundation's scholarship and education programs. Shipping is available for an additional cost. Las Casas has awarded over $1.2 million in scholarships to talented high school performers. Please email Ana@lascasasfoundation.org to purchase an ornament.
• From November 21 - December 24, purchase tickets for The Magik Theatre’s production of Snow White. The play features the not-so-classic tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. This comedic mix of theatre and drama highlights two actors who play Snow White, the Huntsman, the Prince, and all seven dwarves in a funny way. For tickets and showtimes, visit www.magiktheatre.org/event/snow-white/.
• Support The Magik Theatre during its Home for the Holidays fundraiser. Patrons can bid on one of the theatre’s many silent auction packages, including a year of free Whataburger, custom boots from The Little Boot Company, a package from Hiatus Spa and Resort at The Pearl and more, which make for great gifts for loved ones, or a perfect way to treat yourself. Bidding begins November 29 and runs through December 15. For more information visit www.magiktheatre.org/shows/home-for-the-holidays/.
• San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet (SAMB) will share a behind-the-scenes look at four pieces intended for the spring 2020 concert, Dance Kaleidoscope, cancelled by the pandemic. This 40-minute documentary will premiere on eventbrite.com on November 15 at the following link: https://dk2020worksinprogress.eventbrite.com.
• In December, San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet will premier it's virtual rendition of The Snow Queen - a one-act ballet presentation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. For more information, visit https://sametballet.org/the-snow-queen.
• December will also bring SAMB’s online Holiday Market. For over 20 years, SAMB has partnered with professional groups to present The Nutcracker. This year, training school Connally's Dance Workshop, Inc. will do pop-up performances of The Nutcracker excerpts. The winter fundraiser will include a charcuterie cheese board and options to purchase holiday/ballet-themed Nutcrackers and ornaments. https://san-antonio-metropolitan-ballet.square.site/
• The San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) gift shop is the perfect place to find unique gifts for loved ones this holiday season. In addition to a wide range of gifts including prints of works featured in the museum, apparel and more, SAMA carries a stunning collection of both vintage and new Mexican Silver jewelry that makes the perfect gift for jewelry and art lovers. These statement pieces are available for purchase on the museum's website or can be viewed in-person at SAMA’s Gift Shop. The museum can also ship anything from their gift shop nationally. For the gift that keeps on giving, memberships to the San Antonio Museum of Art are also a great option when searching for the perfect gift.
• Patrons of SAMA are invited to the Museum’s first-ever virtual fundraiser, “Seasons of Art.” Taking place on Friday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m., the approximately 75-minute event will feature a series of performances by San Antonio–based artists from the realms of dance, music, and spoken word, celebrating the Museum’s collection and the seasons represented throughout its galleries. Ticket packages are available for purchase online at samuseum.org/seasonsofart. All proceeds from the virtual event will benefit SAMA, allowing the Museum to continue to provide extraordinary experiences with art, digitally and in person, to the San Antonio community.
• This season, shoppers can support SAY Sí's year-end campaign now through the end of 2020 by visiting saysi.org. Each donation will support SAY Sí's transition into a new building and has the potential to make a big difference for young artists in San Antonio.
• Now through November 28, shoppers can visit SAY Sí's Muertitos Fest website at muertitosfest.com for a virtual mercado of local vendors and a gallery of SAY Sí student artwork, as well as learn more about Día de los Muertos traditions.
• Southwest School of Art's Young Artists Program is excited to offer new Holiday Weekend Workshops to help kiddos reconnect with the creative community and make one of a kind handmade gifts for the holidays. Workshop titles include Mosaic Ornaments. Holiday Handmade Books, Ceramic Gingerbread House, and San Antonio Holiday Landscape to name a few. Registration is now open, and spaces are limited. For more info, visit here.
• Support Southwest School of Art through the Pandemic Print Portfolio Project. During the COVID pandemic, the importance of art became central to our lives, providing solace, a platform for expressing feelings, and offering inspiration. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a handmade folio with a complete collection of six limited edition prints created by some of San Antonio’s premiere artists including Margaret Craig, Juan de Dios Mora, Leigh Anne Lester, Chris Sauter, Kathy Sosa, and Gary Sweeney. If you purchase this collection as a holiday gift, they will include a special handmade gift card to give the recipient at no additional charge. Completed portfolios will be delivered in February 2021.
• Give the gift of creativity this holiday! Gift certificates are available to Southwest School of Art in the following amounts: $50, $100, $150, $200 and $350. Community classes for kids and adults mean there is a class for everyone from young artists to the young at heart and every skill level from entry to advanced. Visit https://www.swschool.org/gifts to purchase.
• Holiday shoppers are encouraged to visit the Witte Museum for a unique array of holiday gifts! From a custom silk scarf inspired by the Witte’s historic Hertzberg Circus Collection to notebooks and masks inspired by Texas art, the Witte has plenty to offer. Fun and educational gifts abound with puzzles, rocks, science kits and dinosaurs that can only be found locally at the Witte.
• Shoppers can also give the gift of annual Membership for a year of inspiration, awe and education, which includes free general admission and discounts on Witte Museum Camps, birthday parties and more. Mention this promotion to receive $5 off a Family or Senior Family membership.
• Save the date for a free Holiday Market at the Witte on December 12 and 13, with fifteen local vendors and special discounts for Witte members. For more information visit our website at WitteMuseum.org or email the Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Woodlawn Theatre is currently conducting their Virtual Fab Fall Fundraiser through November 18, 2020. Patrons and the public may purchase a virtual raffle ticket ranging from $5 to $50 to enter to win getaways and prizes. Ticket purchases are made online and the drawing will take place on November 20 during a virtual theatre event.
For more information on CAUSA or to get involved, visit creativitycountssa.com. To follow along with CAUSA on social media, follow @creativitycountssa and #CreativityCountsSA.
Culture and Arts United for San Antonio (CAUSA) was created in 2020 by more than 40 locally-based arts organizations and advocates to raise public awareness of the value of arts and culture to San Antonio’s economic and cultural vibrancy. The organization’s goal is to restore participation and support from key stakeholders and decision-makers in San Antonio, as well as to inspire the contribution and participation of new donors and continued funding through the local government and other relevant partners. For more information on CAUSA, visit creativitycountssa.com.