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SAN ANTONIO (May 1, 2018) — On the Tricentennial’s first day of Commemorative Week, District 1 City Councilman Roberto Treviño presented the 2018 State of the Center City address at the Westin Riverwalk. The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Centro San Antonio hosted the luncheon, and the event was sponsored by over a dozen local organizations. The presentation focused on the financial and cultural impact/significance/importance of a robust local arts community to the center city as well as San Antonio as a whole.
On the Day of Reflection, the councilman reiterated how the various mediums of art inform our unique identity and help us attract quality events like the Final Four; quality projects like the new Frost Bank Tower; and vital tourism dollars. Furthermore, neighborhoods have taken note of the impact of public art to the community and are requesting more art installations in their neighborhood.
“Our diversity as a population is celebrated through humility and tolerance, and communicated through the arts,” said Treviño. “The arts play a critical role in advancing local economic development strategies with respect to public safety, transportation, education, and so much more.”
Author and scholar Dr. Tomás Ybarra-Frausto provided a poetic introduction describing how local art so perfectly encapsulates the confluence of cultures in San Antonio.
“Downtown is ‘El Corazon,’ the historic core where the blending of cultures in evident in the tangible heritage of the built environment and the intangible ‘ambiente’ or hybrid atmosphere defining the charm, enchantment, and uniqueness of our Pueblo Querido,” said Dr. Ybarra-Frausto.
Given the recent discussions revolving around San Antonio serving as the host city for the 2020 Republican National Convention, Councilman Treviño closed his presentation with the following remarks:
“Short-term economic gains should never be confused with sustainable economic development. As such, it is my belief that the fiscal benefit of hosting the current administration’s Republican National Convention in San Antonio does not outweigh the tremendous respect we have for our cultural heritage.
“We are a welcoming city, but our kindness should not be mistaken for being naive. As San Antonians and Americans, we will continue to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet today. Our diversity in thought and flesh is what allows us to grow as a community, as a city, and most importantly, as people. It is my hope that we all recognize that the collective character of our city has never been, and will never be for sale.”
The 2018 State of the Center City speech transcript is attached.