About Us



The CulTÚArt Plan is a coordinated planning document that identifies strategies for 6 focus areas: Film, Centro de Artes, Art Funding Guidelines, Public Art, Cultural Districts Framework, and Music Plan.


San Antonio will be internationally celebrated as a confluence of living arts & authentic cultures.
Our City will inspire local participation, inclusion & pride in all of its arts, and create economic conditions where artists & the arts thrive.

CUL-TU-ART Vision Sessions


  1. Preserve and promote the authentic culture of San Antonio.
  2. Enhance accessibility of the arts and cultural programs.
  3. Create a rich environment for sustainable arts and culture to thrive.
  4. Keep and attract artists to our community.
  5. Encourage innovation and collaboration by practicing inclusiveness.

Cultural Equity

The Cultural Equity Statement was adopted by the San Antonio Arts Commission on November 21, 2017.

To support a full creative life for all, the San Antonio Arts Commission and Department of Arts & Culture commit to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable city.

Download: Statement of Cultural Equity (PDF)



Collection of Baseline Data:
Benchmarking other cities and funders to identify best practices in achieving Cultural Equity and establishing effective policies across the nation.

After a review of partners, a research partner was selected to conduct a survey among 3 different segments: residents, visitors and art patrons. The Survey was distributed from 10/13 to 11/7. The results are posted in the Resources Section.

Work Sessions:
Visioning Sessions were conducted at the Creative Industry Luncheon on 10/11 and on 10/17 with the San Antonio Arts Commission.

Approval of Plan Components

Quarterly Reporting to San Antonio Arts Commission and City Council Arts, Culture & Heritage Committee




3:15 p.m.
Music Committee Meeting
Westfall Library, 6111 Rosedale Ct, 78201
  • Department of Arts & Culture
3:15 p.m.
Music Committee Meeting
Las Palmas Library, 515 Castroville Rd
  • Department of Arts & Culture
8 a.m.
Music Committee: Strategic Planning Session
Mission Library, 3134 Roosevelt Ave
  • Department of Arts & Culture
5:30 p.m.
Arts Funding Guidelines Workshop
Central Library, 600 Soledad
  • Department of Arts & Culture
5:30 p.m.
Arts Funding Guidelines Workshop
Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave.
  • Department of Arts & Culture

9:00 a.m.

San Antonio Arts Commission Meeting
Culture Commons Gallery at Plaza de Armas
115 Plaza de Armas

  • San Antonio Arts Commission Department of Arts & Culture

5:30 p.m.

Arts Funding Guidelines Workshop
Central Library Auditorium
600 Soledad

  • Department of Arts & Culture

9:00 a.m.

Cultural Planning Workshop
Ron Darner Headquarters
5800 Enrique M. Barrera Pkwy
Enrique Barrera Multi-purpose Room

  • Department of Arts & Culture


San Antonio Arts Commission Meeting

  • San Antonio Arts Commission
  • Department of Arts & Culture




  • District 4 City Councilman Rey Saldana



AccessAbility Fest

  • disABILITYsa
  • at Toyota Field (D10)



SA Tomorrow -Brooks Area Community Workshop

  • Planning Department



District 8 Field Office Opening

  • District 8 City Councilman Manny Pelaez



SA Tomorrow - West Side Community Workshop

  • Planning Department



SA Tomorrow - MidTown Community Workshop

  • Planning Department


SAAC Art Funding Committee Meeting & Cultural Equity Workshop

  • Arts Funding Committee
  • Department of Arts & Culture


District 2 Northeast Field Office Opening

  • District 2 City Councilman William “Cruz” Shaw


City Council District 9 Self-dense class

  • District 9 City Councilman John Courage


San Antonio Arts Commission Visioning Workgroup

  • San Antonio Arts Commission
  • Francisco Gonima


City Council District 6 Town Hall Meeting

  • District 6 City Councilman Greg Brockhouse


Westside Arts Coalition Meeting

  • Westside Arts Coalition
  • Department of Arts & Culture


Mission Marquee Movie Night

  • District 3 City Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran
  • World Heritage Office


San Antonio Arts Commission (SAAC) Meeting

  • San Antonio Arts Commission
  • Francisco Gonima


Texans for the Art – Art Advocacy & Leadership Development Workshop

  • Texans for the Arts: Ann Graham & Cookie Ruiz


Creative Industry Luncheon & Cul-TÚ-Art Plan/Survey Kickoff

  • SA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Mayor Nirenberg
  • Dr. Steve Nivin
  • Francisco Gonima
  • Department of Arts & Culture


Review of Cul-TÚ-Art Survey

  • Research Now, Inc.
  • Department of Arts & Culture
4/11/2017  Arts Funding Guidelines Feedback 
  • Department of Arts & Culture
  • Arts Funding Committee
  • WHY Group 
11/15/2016  Creative Industry Luncheon - A Discussion on Cultural Equity 
  • Department of Arts & Culture
  • Americans for the Arts
  • San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


Resources which have informed the development of the strategy
CulTÚArt Steering Committee (San Antonio Arts Commission)

Cul-TÚ-Art Documents
Arts Agency Funding Guidelines (Final) – February 15, 2018
Agency Arts Funding Guidelines (Draft)
Arts, Culture & Heritage Committee -  February 2, 2018
Arts Funding Guidelines Workshop - January 9, 2018
Arts Funding Guidelines Workshop - January 4, 2018
Arts Funding Committee Meeting - December 12, 2017
Cultural Planning Workshop on Arts Funding Guidelines - December 5, 2017
Cultural Planning Workshop on Public Art 5-Year Strategies - December 2, 2017
Cul-TU-Art Survey Research - November 2017
Agency Baseline Survey - September 2017
Art Funding Guidelines Feedback - April 11, 2017
Community Feedback from 1/4/18
Community Feedback from 1/9/18
SA Historical Arts Funding Analysis by Westside Arts Coalition

San Antonio Arts Commission Meetings
January 23, 2018
December 19, 2017
November 21, 2017

Strategies and Plans From Other Cities:
New York City Cultural Plan – Create NYC
Boston Cultural Plan – Boston Creates
Phoenix Arts and Culture Plan
San Francisco Arts Commission Strategic Plan

American for the Arts Cultural Plans and Policies Examples

Public Art Planning Documents From Other Cities:
Phoenix Public Art Program
Fort Worth Public Art
San Francisco Public Art
Tampa Public Art
Nashville Public Art

Public Art Resources Sites:
Public Art Network - Public Art Resource Center Public Art Network – PAN Year in Review Database Forecast Public Art / Public Art Review Public Art Archive (Western States Arts Federation/WESTAF) Publicartist.org

Relevant Articles & White Papers:
“At What Cost? How Distance Influences Arts Attendance?” National Center for Arts Research SMU
“Not Just Money: Equity Issues in Cultural Philanthropy” Helicon Collaborative
“Racial Equity Impact Assessments of Economic Policies and Public Budgets” Applied Research Center
Racial Equity Alliance Tools and Resources
"Another explanation for why S.A. is so economically segregated" (mySA.com)

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