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Published on Monday, April 02, 2018

SAN ANTONIO TRICENTENNIAL WEEK AHEAD: HEMISFAIR’S 50TH, BOOK FESTIVAL, INDIGENOUS ART AND THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF NAACP

Laura Mayes, San Antonio Tricentennial

210-207-1337, laura.mayes@sanantonio.gov

Michael Vela, San Antonio Tricentennial

210-207-7454, Michael@sanantonio300.org

SAN ANTONIO (April 2, 2018) – San Antonio’s rich heritage will be on display throughout the week with family friendly activities and reflection on San Antonio’s history. Hemisfair will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a weekend-long festival featuring performances, interactive activities, fitness events and more. The San Antonio Book Festival will open at the Central Library featuring speeches by renowned authors. Finally, the NAACP San Antonio chapter will celebrate its centennial with a special event at the Carver Cultural Center.

A complete listing of events can be found at www.sanantonio300.org.

Featured Tricentennial Events Week of April 2 – April 8

APRIL 4: ART OF THE SACRED TEXAS SPRINGS: BLUE HOLE CONCERT 

The concert will feature pianist Elena Portnaya of Musical Bridges Around the World with a reception to follow. The event will take place at the UIW Recital Hall at 7:00 p.m.

APRIL 7: FOUNDING OF THE FIRST TEXAS REPUBLIC 

The Founding of the First Texas Republic is an annual event that has been going on for ten years. It is on Saturday April 7th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Spanish Governors Palace. Confirmed speakers include Dr. J. Frank de la Teja and Dr. Carolina Castillo Crimm. Former Senator Hector Uribe will speak about his ancestor Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara, the President of this First Republic.

APRIL 7: SAN ANTONIO BOOK FESTIVAL 

The festival unites readers and writers in a celebration of ideas, books, libraries, and literacy culture. Outdoors on Augusta Street, which is closed for the day, special tents and zones will feature book sales and signings; a marketplace for exhibitors; an interactive area for teens; a bilingual family and children's section with authors and illustrators, educational games and art areas; the Cooking Tent and food trucks.

APRIL 7: INDIGENOUS CULTURAL AND ART FESTIVAL 

The festival will highlight indigenous culture and their contributions to the community spanning beyond the past 300 years. The festival will be a full day event programmed to share heritage, culture, and education through native drum, native dance, and visual arts. The festival will include other indigenous groups like the Apache, Lipan Apache, Chiricahua Apache, Coahuiltecan, Comanche, Jibwa, Tique Pueblo, Tlxacalteca and Cherokee nations.

APRIL 8: NAACP 100TH ANNIVERSARY FOUNDER’S DAY 

Founder's Day celebrates the 100th anniversary of the San Antonio branch of the NAACP.

APRIL 6: HEMISFAIR 50TH ANNIVERSARY FRIDAY KICKOFF 

A weekend celebration paying tribute to the past and embracing the future. The celebration is a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1968 World's Fair.

APRIL 7: HEMISFAIR 50TH ANNIVERSARY SATURDAY FESTIVAL 

The festival will feature family friendly activities and performances.

APRIL 8: HEMISFAIR 50TH ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY FUNDAY IN THE PARK 

The park focused event will feature Yoga in Yanaguana Park, historic home tours and more family friendly activities.

FINAL COMMON CURRENTS EXHIBIT NOW OPEN
In celebration of San Antonio’s Tricentennial year, six downtown artist-centric organizations: Artpace San Antonio, Blue Star Contemporary, Carver Community Cultural Center, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the Mexican Cultural Institute, and the Southwest School of Art, will partner to present an exhibition that will illuminate the 300 years of their hometown’s history. Common Currents is a diverse, encyclopedic showcase of San Antonio’s history as told and rewritten by more than 300 visual and performing artists, invited to participate by their peers, and presented over 6 venues.

Drawing on the connections or currents that run through San Antonio’s vibrant creative community, each of the organizing partners began by inviting two artists. These initial 12 artists were then asked to invite two peer artists, until more than 300 were amassed. All of the participating artists were assigned one year of San Antonio’s history on which to reflect in the development of their work for Common Currents. This exhibition is presented chronologically through a variety of contemporary media across the six venues.

Common Currents draws a portrait of San Antonio, by San Antonians. With the “chain letter-inspired” framework for the exhibition, each organization takes a backseat, letting the participating artists make decisions that may traditionally be the role of the organization or curator. This provides for an exciting presentation of artistic connections spanning our center city’s art venues. Hours: Opening night for each venue is 6 PM – 8 PM. All other days are regular business hours.

Blue Star Contemporary: February 1 – May 7
116 Blue Star, 78204
Exhibit: 1768 – 1817

Southwest School of Art: February 15 – April 22
300 Augusta St., 78205
Exhibit: 1818 – 1867

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center: March 1 – April 29
1300 Guadalupe St., 78207
Exhibit: 1868 – 1917

Carver Community Cultural Center: March 15 – April 26
226 N. Hackberry, 78202
Exhibit: 1918 – 1967

Mexican Cultural Institute: March 29 – May 7
600 Hemisfair Plaza Way, 78205
Exhibit: 1968 – 2017

ONGOING: WITTE MUSEUM’S CONFLUENCE AND CULTURE: 300 YEARS OF SAN ANTONIO HISTORY 

Celebrate San Antonio’s Tricentennial at the Witte Museum for a multi-faceted exhibition that will reveal the legendary and complex history of San Antonio as the hub of the frontier. Experience how the early Spanish settlement in San Antonio influenced the layout, economic and cultural development of the city through modern times. Explore San Antonio’s history in seven immersive galleries, including The Cacophony, Frontera, The Missions, Tejano, The Military, Expansion and Industrialization and The Modern City. Discover how San Antonio’s Tejano roots have remained at the heart of the city’s identity throughout its growth and transformation. Witness the military encounters, including the Alamo, and see how San Antonio was reshaped over time. Come away comprehending a city founded in diversity and shaped by confluence and culture.

Exhibit runs from March 3, 2018, to January 6, 2019. Hours of Operation: 10 AM – 5 PM (Monday, Wednesday- Saturday), 10 AM to 8 PM (Tuesday) Noon to 5 PM (Sunday)

ONGOING: SAN ANTONIO 1718: ART FROM VICEREGAL MEXICO 

Art work from Viceregal Mexico: tells the story of the city’s first century through more than one hundred landscapes, portraits, narrative paintings, sculptures, and devotional and decorative objects, many of them never before exhibited in the United States. The exhibition is organized in three sections: People and Places, The Cycle of Life, and The Church. San Antonio 1718 includes portraits of political and economic power, Spanish viceroys and military leaders who helped shape the destiny of the city. Open during regular museum hours.

About the San Antonio Tricentennial: In 2018, San Antonio marks its 300th anniversary: a rare, historic event that will be remembered for generations. The Tricentennial Commission, a public nonprofit, leads the way in celebrating and commemorating our 300 years by developing a year of educational, artistic, and entertaining events. As San Antonio takes the world’s stage, key initiatives include: History & Education, Arts & Culture, Community Service, and Commemorative Week. The yearlong commemoration will celebrate our memorable past and propel us into our equally remarkable future. You are invited to join our community and be a part of the next chapter in San Antonio’s legendary story. Visit www.sanantonio300.org for more information.

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