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San Antonio Arts Organizations Join Together to Support Arts San Antonio Patrons

Posted 1 years 73 days ago ago by Carol Schliesinger (SAMHD)

SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 28, 2020) – Following the closure of ARTS San Antonio, San Antonio performing arts organizations are joining together to support Arts San Antonio and its unrefunded subscribers and ticketholders. Musical Bridges Around the World, the Public Theater and the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts are offering to exchange tickets for cancelled ARTS San Antonio events for tickets to their upcoming performances.


“It was an incredibly unfortunate, difficult and heartbreaking decision to close our doors,” said JoAnne Dawson, board chair for ARTS San Antonio. “We are emailing all unrefunded subscribers to express our appreciation for their support over our many years and provide information on the options available to them. ARTS San Antonio has always been known as a collaborative organization and we are grateful to our fellow arts organizations for making it possible for our patrons to continue their arts experience in San Antonio.”


ARTS San Antonio unrefunded subscribers and ticketholders can redeem their tickets to attend other arts events with the following offerings:


The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts:  

  • The Tobin Center has identified ten diverse arts and entertainment events from its current lineup that will be offered as alternatives to the cancelled shows in the ARTS San Antonio season. The ticket exchange process will be handled internally with Arts San Antonio though direct email to their unrefunded subscribers and ticketholders.  Recipients of the ARTS San Antonio Subscriber email may obtain their tickets online or directly from the Tobin Center Box Office in-person or on the phone. The Charlie’s Seats program, a Tobin Center ticket scholarship initiative, makes this exchange possible.  Charlie’s Seats helps The Tobin Center introduce new audiences, youth, and underserved communities to the transformative effect of the performing arts. 


    “We were saddened to hear that ARTS San Antonio has shuttered its doors, they have left a lasting impact on the city of San Antonio. As the largest non-profit performing arts organization in San Antonio, we feel obligated to foster and grow the appreciation of arts in the city. To this end, we are providing free tickets to select Tobin Center events to Arts San Antonio subscribers who have been left without refund.” – Michael Fresher, Tobin Center’s President and CEO


  • Musical Bridges Around the World: ARTS San Antonio unrefunded subscribers are able to secure reserved seating for The Gurwitz 2020 International Piano Competition, running now through February 2. Musical Bridges Around the World and the San Antonio Symphony are also providing subscribers complimentary tickets for The Gurwitz’s Round IV Finale at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on February 1.


    "We are sad to hear that ARTS San Antonio have closed their doors. The organization has had tremendous impact on our community and were regular collaborators with Musical Bridges Around the World. It is because of ARTS San Antonio that we developed relationships with iconic institutions including the Silk Road Ensemble and enhanced our partnership with The Cliburn. We welcome patrons of ARTS San Antonio to our programming as we strive to make excellence in the arts accessible to all." – Anya Grokhovski, Founder, CEO and Artistic Director, Musical Bridges Around the World


  • The Public Theater of San Antonio: The Public Theater is offering free tickets to ARTS San Antonio season subscribers who are not already subscribers to the theater. The offer covers two tickets per household to The Public’s productions of “Bright Star,” “Amélie” and “Into the Woods.” To receive the tickets patrons must bring proof of their subscription (tickets, receipts or confirmations in hard copy or email) to the Public Theater’s box office by February 25. The box office is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


“The Public Theater is heartbroken to hear of ARTS San Antonio’s closure.  We hope this gesture of kindness provided by us as well as the other incredible organizations involved will maintain the trust of arts and culture patrons in San Antonio. It is inspiring to see the support being provided by these institutions as well as our city.” – George Green, CEO and Artistic Director, Public Theater of San Antonio


The Department of Arts & Culture is working alongside ARTS San Antonio to help communicate updates to arts patrons, encourage collaboration between arts organizations, and complete all contractual obligations.


“Although we wish it was under very different circumstances, the collaboration of arts organizations to help ARTS San Antonio make this situation right for patrons is encouraging for the future of arts in San Antonio,” said Debbie Racca-Sittre, Director of the Department of Arts & Culture. “Collaboration within the performing arts community is one of the goals outlined in our Performing Arts Strategic Plan and this experience proves that advancing the arts is best done together, even when that means overcoming obstacles.”


The department’s Performing Arts Strategic Plan, which is the result of multiple community meetings and discussions with performing arts organizations, artists and patrons, is scheduled to be finalized in February. More information about the goals outlined in the plan, including collaboration among arts organizations, can be found at


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