The Department of Arts & Culture advocates for the arts in San Antonio through its relationships with local City staff, other City departments, elected officials, and local nonprofits as well as community at large. In addition, the Department works with advocacy organizations at the state and national levels, including the following:
Americans for the Arts (AFTA) is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. AFTA's mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who that cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. In June 2012, San Antonio hosted nearly 1,000 arts advocates at AFTA’s annual convention.
Texas for the Arts (TFA) is a non-partisan statewide arts advocacy organization that provides coordinated information about legislative activity related to arts issues and organizes advocacy efforts in order to protect and increase public funding for the arts at the state, national, and local levels.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is an independent federal agency that funds and promotes artistic excellence throughout all disciplines.
The mission of the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) is to advance our the state economically and culturally by investing in a creative Texas. TCA supports a diverse and innovative arts community in Texas, throughout the nation and internationally by providing resources to enhance economic development, arts education, cultural tourism and artist sustainability initiatives.
James LeFlore, Public Art Manager for the Department of Arts & Culture, became a member of the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Council in January 2013.
Learn more about how the arts impact all areas of society, from education to public safety as demonstrated by SA2020, a community initiative to make San Antonio a world-class city.