SAN ANTONIO (April 9, 2018) The Tricentennial celebration features a special performance from the San Antonio Chamber Choir, highlighting the city’s folk traditions and sacred works of the past and present. Local composer James Scott Balentine contributed a commemorative composition for the event.
The Witte Museum will also host a series of events with discussions on how San Antonio progressed into the city it is today. A complete listing of events can be found at www.sanantonio300.org.
Featured Tricentennial Events Week of April 9 – April 16
APRIL 14 & 15: SAN ANTONIO CHAMBER CHOIR PERFORMANCE OF SAN ANTONIO: OUR LIFE, OUR MUSIC
As part of SA300 Tricentennial, San Antonio Chamber Choir is joining in a musical celebration of tree centuries of life and music in San Antonio, celebrating the folk traditions as well as the sacred works, past and present. We will explore music that would have been sung 300 years ago and that which is embraced today. Local composer James Scott Balentine has written a new composition to mark this historic occasion. Also performing as part of the concert on Sunday will be the Guadalupe Dance Company and accompanying Mariachi.
APRIL 9: ON THE EDGE OF THE FUTURE: NARRATIVES OF THE MAKING OF A CITY
On the Edge of Future: Narratives of the Making of a City, a three-part series, concludes with a third dialogue, “Water,” at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018. The discussion will examine the relationship between water and human geographies and how the synthesis was instrumental in the shaping of San Antonio. The event will take place at the Witte Museum.
APRIL 15: ORIGINS – NATIVE PEOPLES, SPANIARDS, EARLY EDUCATION IN SAN ANTONIO
Beginning with an Indian ceremony at the Headwaters and continuing with presentations considering education in the context of archeology, history, and environment with Steve Tomka, PH.D., Gerard Poyo, Ph.D., and Gilberto Hinojosa, Ph.D., and Jesse Borrego with other AITSCM representatives.
The event will be held from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM with a symposium; 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
APRIL 16 – 22: VALERO TEXAS OPEN
The Valero Texas Open will begin its tournament on April 16th at TPC San Antonio, AT&T Oaks Course and the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa. The Tricentennial will participate in the fan fest from April 19 – 22nd. A special celebration for spectators will be held on April 21st featuring 80’s cover band The Spazmatics.
FINAL COMMON CURRENTS EXHIBIT NOW OPEN – SEE THEM BEFORE THEY CLOSE!
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.
Artpace San Antonio: January 18 – March 4 (NOW CLOSED)
445 N. Main Ave., 78205
Exhibit: 1718 – 1767
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.