DCCD’s Investment in Local Arts and Culture
Study after study shows the importance of exposure to the arts in child and youth development. Arts education improves creativity and critical thinking, develops motor skills and spatial awareness, and “develops a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting—skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond.” (Americans for the Arts).
Take a look at some of the local organizations providing a variety of arts and culture experiences to the community as well as visitors to San Antonio.
American Indians in Texas—Spanish Colonial Missions
AIT focuses on strengthening and expanding Native American cultural arts programming in San Antonio. It conducts educational events and performs in cultural community events.
Artpace contributes to San Antonio’s cultural life by providing an accessible facility with challenging exhibitions. Artpace offers an artist-in-residence program and free educational events for adults, children and artists.
Arts San Antonio
The mission of Arts San Antonio is to educate, enrich and entertain the people – especially the children – of the greater San Antonio region with high-quality performing and visual arts.
AtticRep is a theatre company that produces contemporary and classic plays that reflect topics important to the San Antonio community. It identifies itself with the social issues of our times and creates a platform for social discourse.
Ballet San Antonio
Ballet San Antonio offers diverse dance performances and outreach programs that reflect, promote and enrich the San Antonio community.
Benissimo Music Productions
Benissimo! presents artistic vocal performances throughout San Antonio, including the women’s ensemble Voci di Sorelle, the only one of its kind in Texas.
Bihl Haus Arts
The focus of Bihl Haus is creating community through the arts. It presents performances and exhibits year-round and encourages multicultural understanding and awareness.
Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum
The Blue Star is home to San Antonio’s contemporary arts scene. It offers exhibitions and educational programming that reflect a progressive approach to art.
Cactus Pear Music Festival
CPMF conducts a summer concert series in San Antonio featuring national and international chamber music artists. It offers a fellowship program and other educational opportunities for young musicians.
Carver Community Center
The Carver celebrates diverse cultures of the world, nation and community, with emphasis on African and African-American heritage with challenging artistic presentations, community outreach activities and educational programs.
Centro Cultural Aztlan
The Centro’s mission is to support and strengthen Chicano/Latino identity and to share that culture with the San Antonio community through outreach programs and community arts projects.
Centro de Artes
Texas A&M University – San Antonio's Centro de Artes is a beautiful exhibition space located in the downtown cultural center, in what used to be the Museo Alameda (the first formal affiliate of the Smithsonian). The Centro de Artnes aims to facilitate an understanding and appreciation of Latino arts and cultures and their influences on the United States, through exhibitions and related educational programming for a variety of audiences.
Children’s Chorus of San Antonio
The chorus has five core ensembles and serves boys and girls ages 7 to 18. They run an outreach program in the Edgewood and Harlandale communities and offer community workshops and free concerts.
Children’s Fine Arts Series
The Children’s Fine Arts Series presents performing arts programs for young children, ages 3 to 10, and their families. Professional touring companies stage shows adapted from school-based literature.
In addition to producing a season of classic plays in San Antonio, the theatre designates special student performances with detailed study guides for teachers.
Conjunto Heritage Taller
The Taller provides low-cost instruction on the button accordion and bajo sexto to multicultural and multigenerational students in the traditional Conjunto music genre.
Dreams Fulfilled through Music
Dreams Fulfilled through Music is dedicated to developing personal accomplishment, social growth and self-esteem of those with special needs through music education and performance opportunities.
Esperanza Peace & Justice Center
The Esperanza presents groundbreaking cultural events throughout San Antonio and features exhibits, workshops and performances at its main building.
A literary arts center, Gemini Ink encourages focused reading, writing and exchange at every level. It offers writing classes and administers educational programs fostering the literary arts.
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
The Guadalupe cultivates, promotes and preserves traditional and contemporary Latino arts and culture through art, dance, music and theater.
The site of the 1968 World’s Fair, Hemisfair is being redeveloped into a spectacular public space at the heart of San Antonio, complete with plazas, courtyards, green space, art and cultural amenities, residences, and local businesses. The first phase, Yanaguana Garden, opened in October 2015.
International Accordion Festival
The International Accordion Festival features accordion-driven performances by artists from around the world, with workshops, jam sessions and open mics.
Jump-Start Performance Company
The Jump-Start is dedicated to discovering and supporting new ideas in the arts and art education. It stages innovative theatre productions and offers classes and workshops.
Magik Children’s Theatre
The Magik stages theatre productions of children’s literature and offer a wide range of theatre arts programs for young people.
Musical Bridges Around the World
MBAW focuses on creating one-of-a-kind, multicultural performances by world-class, internationally renowned classical, jazz, and ethnic folk musicians and performing artists, for the benefit of the public and at-risk youth.
Network for Young Artists
The Network for Young Artists’ objective is to develop innate talent and build self-esteem in young people from ages 4 to 20 through cultural programs in voice, dance and musical instruments.
Opera Guild of San Antonio
Opera Guild of San Antonio provides educational programs to introduce San Antonio children to opera through performances and learning opportunities.
San Antonio Brass
This brass ensemble gives performances and sponsors a yearly Brass Camp and other educational opportunities for students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds
San Antonio Chamber Choir
The San Antonio Chamber Choir’s repertoire embraces the full range of choral music, from the Renaissance to the classics to contemporary works.
San Antonio Children’s Museum
The San Antonio Children’s Museum (SACM) provides engaging hands-on experiences where children and adults actively learn through creative play.
San Antonio Choral Society
The San Antonio Choral Society is an 80-person mixed-voice community chorus, open to adults and talented high school singers.
San Anto Cultural Arts
San Anto helps people of all socioeconomic backgrounds to realize their creative skills in art, journalism, and video production.
San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet
SA Met Ballet is a pre-professional company dedicated to providing high-quality, low-cost dance productions in the San Antonio community including local guest artists and dance students.
San Antonio Dance Umbrella
The San Antonio Dance Umbrella promotes dance and helps dancers and choreographers in the San Antonio area.
San Antonio International Piano
The San Antonio International Piano Competition sponsors public competition among aspiring pianists from around the world and encourages the development of young pianists in San Antonio.
San Antonio Museum of Art
SAMA provides unique visual experiences and educational resources in the development of visual literacy for the San Antonio and South Texas community.
San Pedro Playhouse
The playhouse produces live theatre for all ages, including several musicals a year. It also holds spring break and summer camps for schoolchildren
Say Sí provides tuition-free arts education to San Antonio students through national-award-winning programs.
SOLI Chamber Ensemble
SOLI presents a season of innovative programs in a variety of venues across the city. It is known for performing classical contemporary music and for its strong commitment to commissioning new works.
Southtown the Arts District
Southtown the Arts District (STAD), an adjunct neighborhood directly connected to downtown, is dedicated to organizing unifying, marketing, building, connecting and promoting STAD's creative culture and business under one brand.
Southwest School of Art
The school offers artists studio classes, workshops and exhibitions. Its historic setting makes it a popular destination for both visitors and locals.
Urban-15 is a multidisciplinary arts organization devoted to music, dance and media that provides educational programs for the community.
The Witte is a museum of natural history, science and South Texas heritage. Each year it presents a variety of exhibits celebrating the sciences and local history.
Youth Orchestras of San Antonio
YOSA provides a comprehensive orchestral music program that includes five orchestras at various skill levels and gives music students the chance to study with professional artists.