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San Antonio Creative Industry Brings In Billions, But Are The Arts Accessible To All?

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San Antonio's creative industry brought in almost $4 billion last year, according to a new report by the City of San Antonio's Department of Arts & Culture and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The study, conducted by the SABER Research Institute at St. Mary's University, found that about 25,000 local residents are either self-employed or work part-time in ways that enrich the creative industry. 

The industry encompasses a wide range of occupations, from visual and performance artists, musicians and dancers to graphic designers, architects, landscapers and chefs.

The City of San Antonio recently revealed a five-year strategic plan called "CulTÚArt" which aims to make the arts more accessible in six areas: film, art funding, public art, downtown culture, music, and the Centro de Artes – an institution dedicated to the transnational experience of Latinos in the United States.   

What exactly is "cultural equity" and how does this fit in to the city's overall goals?

How can the local arts and culture landscape showcase more diversity? What can be done to ensure access to the arts for all people in San Antonio? 

The City of San Antonio is hosting a Cultural Planning Workshop Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9 - 11 a.m. Click here for more details.


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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.