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The CulTÚArt Plan is a coordinated planning document that identifies strategies for these 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 Plan


  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.

Performing Arts Strategic Plan:
Community workshop meetings were held on 10/12/19 and on 10/19/19 to identify the needs of the Performing Arts and strategies to meet those needs.  Next steps in the planning process include: 
- Review and feedback of the draft performing arts strategic  plan by 
- Nov. 7, 2019 - San Antonio Arts Commission's Arts Funding Committee
- Nov. 12, 2019 - San Antonio Arts Commission
- Nov.13, 2019 - Community Review and Feedback Session at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center at 6 p.m. 

CUL-TU-ART Vision Sessions


Quarterly Reporting to San Antonio Arts Commission


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)

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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