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Arts San Antonio Ceases Operations

Lauren Terrazas | Texas Public Radio
Yo Yo Ma performs in Laredo during an Arts San Antonio visit.

The city has lost a major arts organization. In a statement on its website, Arts San Antonio said it ceased operations at midnight on Dec. 31, citing insolvency. 

The entity’s stated mission was to entertain, educate and enrich South Texans with a variety of music and dance performances, among other fields.

The organization programmed about 15 events yearly, from classical music, dance, Asian acrobats, and New Orleans Jazz, to flamenco guitar. Their highest visibility concert in recent years was last April’s performance by cellist Yo-Yo Ma at Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium, and his subsequent performance on the border in Laredo.

In the online statement, the board of directors explained it was closing because of the ever-changing competition for charitable arts funding and the departure in September of former Executive Director John Toohey.

Season ticket holders will not receive refunds.


Jack Morgan can be reached at Jack@TPR.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii.

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii