the latest on SA2020
On January 22, 2020, SA2020 will be releasing their 2019 Impact Report providing an update on progress on goals and give an answer to the question, "What happens in 2020?" The goal is by the end of this year, San Antonio will be a world leader in the creative community.
SA2020 Arts & Culture Survey Report
San Antonio’s Creative Economy
What is the “Creative Economy?"
The creative economy includes the full range of the arts and culture: fine arts as well as popular, ethnic, commercial and design arts. It also includes cultural events, such as festivals and celebrations, concerts and dances in the parks, and the preservation of history and heritage. It encompasses all individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations that directly or indirectly produce cultural products or services. Also, thinkers and doers trained, whether formally or informally, in specific cultural and artistic skills.
- From 2012 to 2014, employment in the creative industry grew by 6.05%. Over this same time period, impact in the industry grew 11.95%.
- The creative industry in San Antonio generated $4.3 billion in economic activity in 2014 while employing 21,736 workers.
- The leading sectors were printing, broadcasting, and related activities; design and advertising; performing arts; and museums and collections.
- We are seeing the emergence of the design economy – the successor of the information economy.
Diez y Seis de Septiembre
On September 16, 1810 Miguel Hidalgo y Castillo, a man known as the Father of Mexico’s Independence, initiated the fight for freedom as he made a cry, or grito, which sparked the beginning of Mexico’s battle for independence from Spain. The anniversary of this major event beginning in 1825, is celebrated as Mexican Independence Day. Nearly two centuries later, led by the City of San Antonio’s Diez y Seis de Septiembre Commission, San Antonio continues to celebrate that historic day.
In keeping with the SA2020 goal of turning San Antonio into a renowned creative community, in 2012 Mayor Julián Castro appointed Dr. Carmen Tafolla as the city’s first Poet Laureate. Nominations are solicited from the community over a period of several months and a selection panel of writers from around the country reviews all materials to recommend an appointee.