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Department for Culture & Creative Development Unveils New Art Exhibit on History of Plaza de Armas
SAN ANTONIO (December 3, 2015)
- The City of San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development’s Public Art San Antonio (PASA) division has launched a new exhibition, “Creative Place-Keeping Series: Plaza de Armas,” currently on display at the Culture Commons Storefront Gallery & Exhibit Hall at the recently-renovated Plaza de Armas building, located behind City Hall and next to the Spanish Governor’s Palace.
The collection of works, part of an ongoing series on creative place-keeping, explores how art, culture and history play a synonymous role when telling the story of the evolution or transformation of an urban place with deep historical roots, such as Plaza de Armas (Military Plaza), in downtown San Antonio. The exhibition includes artwork created by Thomas Cummins, Jenelle Esparza, Timothy Lefkowitz and Mark Menjivar.
Place-keeping emphasizes building upon the culture and sense of place that already exists in a given location. It strives to improve public spaces by engaging the community in events and activities that ignite a sense of belonging. The works on display – including photographs, clothing and other pieces – showcase the evolution of Plaza de Armas from its early history under Spanish Colonial influence, to becoming a bustling market area at the turn of the century, to its modern-day hub for city government.
An opening reception to officially unveil the works is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, from 5-7 p.m. at the Plaza de Armas building, 115 Plaza de Armas. The community is invited to attend. The exhibit is also available to the public Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through January 29, 2016.
DCCD’s Public Art San Antonio division facilitates a public process for commissioning art of the highest standards which enriches the quality of life and visual environment for all residents and visitors of San Antonio. PASA manages public art projects associated with the City’s capital improvements programs and connects to the community through exhibits, presentations, outreach and planning initiatives. PASA works directly with all City departments and supports local public art efforts of artists, community groups, partnership organizations and outside agencies.
To learn more about the Creative Place-Making Series and other PASA programs, visit www.GetCreativeSanAntonio.com/publicart.