The Department of Culture and Creative Development (DCCD) completed seven public art projects in FY2013, including the Unity Plaza at the Public Safety Headquarters (the largest City public art project to date); The Ballroom Luminoso at Theo/Malone IH-35 Underpass, which had an accelerated project timeline and won a SXSW Eco Award for Transformative Design for its positive community impact; and the completed historic restoration of the Mission Drive-In mural.
DCCD also reached several milestones including the Public Art Plan adopted by City Council in October 2012 and the completion of the Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation and Convention Center public art master plans.
As the arts and culture lead partner for SA2020, a community vision for the future of San antonio, DCCD has continued to incorporate SA2020 goals into its plans. The inaugural San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla has set a high standard for the level of public engagement she has carried out, with more than 160 performances, workshops, and speaking engagements. Since San Antonio became the first major city in Texas to appoint a poet laureate, other Texas cities have followed suit, including Houston and McAllen.
This was the first year DCCD managed all three of the City’s cultural facilities, with the goal of highlighting them as cultural assets of the city. New approaches in the operations, marketing, and programming of each facility were initiated. La Villita enjoyed a successful year of events held at Arneson River Theatre and within its plazas. There was a 15 percent increase in number of event days at La Villita. Market Square increased the number of event days by 48 percent. Some of the year’s most popular events were the San Antonio Coffee Festival at La Villita, and Día de los Muertos at La Villita and Market Square.
On March 9, 2013, San Antonio held its sixth one-night celebration of local artists and art organizations throughout downtown San Antonio in HemisFair Park, Alamo Street, and Arneson River Theatre -- “Luminaria, Arts Night in San Antonio.” Organizers estimate 325,000 people attended the event and a total of 93 performances and installations presented by more than 600 national, international and local artists.
The Lila Cockrell Theatre hosted 82 general assembly and performing arts events, including The Joffrey Ballet, Eddie Vedder, Sesame Street Live, Shen Yun Performing Arts, Mariachi Vargas, and the Dog Whisperer - Cesar Milan.
Nearly 57,000 visitors attended 646 events, including 85 community education events at the Carver Community Cultural Center.
The City’s International Relations Office co-hosted the 5th Annual Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights. The event featured Indian traditional dance, cuisine, and music. More than 15,000 people attended the event at Hemisfair Park.
Unity Plaza at Public Safety Headquarters