Thursday, November 12, 2009

A note from our Executive Director

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Dear San Anto Familia,
Happy Noviembre! It's hard to believe it's the middle of the month already! Time has flown by since Huevos because of all the exciting things going on around here...
  • First of all, our 12th annual Huevos Rancheros Gala and Silent Art Auction was a huge success! Even though it rained for the first time in Huevos history and we had to move everything from the Plaza Guadalupe to the Guadalupe Theatre with barely an hour to spare, around 600 people came out to celebrate the life and legacy of Manuel "Manny" Castillo. Los #3 Dinners and DJ Roach played, we enjoyed the delicious huevos rancheros from Lisa's Mexican Restaurant, and the art available for auction was some of the best we've seen in years. San Anto profited around $18,000, which is the most we have ever made. Huge gracias to everyone who came out to support San Anto Cultural Arts!
  • The students of El Placazo opened their first ever Juicebox Fotography Exhibit at Madhatter's on October 28. With the help of master fotographer Mari Hernandez, the students made pinhole cameras out of juiceboxes over the summer. The prints from that day are displayed in the back rooms of Madhatter's and will be up until the end of the month. Special thanks to Mari Hernandez for sharing her time and talents with the students and to Madhatter's for being so generous in hosting the exhibit and giving everyone a delicious tea party at the grand opening. Madhatter's is located at 320 Buearegard in the King William District.
  • San Anto Cultural Arts, the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative (Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts), Inner City Development, and San Jacinto Senior Home celebrated the 9th annual Dia de Los Muertos Barrio Procession. Read more and see pictures at Dia de Los Muertos Barrio Procession through fotos.

We've been doing a lot in the last month, but there are still more exciting things to come!
  • November 16 at Las Oficinas de Avenida Guadalupe Association from 5:30-7:30 p.m.: a Community Meeting to discuss San Anto Cultural Arts' proposed relocation to 2120 El Paso Street. This meeting is a chance to get to know San Anto's Staff, Board of Directors, participants, and programs, as well as learn about our proposed move from Chihuahua Street to El Paso Street. 
  • November 18 at Guadalupe Street Coffee from 6-7 p.m.: a Poetry Open Mic Nite with the El Placazo students and three adult mentors from Our Lady of the Lake University. The students will read their own poems and perform a group reading. 
  • November 21 at 1303 W. Commerce on the side of the Fast Action Bail Bonds from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: a celebration and blessing of our 37th mural del Mero Hueso, La Musica de San Anto. Join SACA, lead muralist David Blacas, DJ Jay Jay Lopez, Conjunto Kings de Flavio Longoria, Ernie Garibay, and other special musical guests to honor the talents and legacies of some of the musicians who made music in this city great.
We're doing a lot, but we're having fun! Thank you to all those who have participated in our events of the last month. We hope to see you sporting your San Anto pride at these next three events!

In Community,

Heather Eichling
Executive Director
San Anto Cultural Arts

*** Please note: San Anto Cultural Arts will be closed November 26 and 27 in observance of Thanksgiving.***
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