SA Artists Selected To Commemorate Tricentennial

SA Artists Selected To Commemorate Tricentennial

Submitted By Laura Hernandez Aplin


In 2018, San Antonio will mark its 300th anniversary: a rare, historic event that will be remembered for generations. The Tricentennial Commission, a public nonprofit, leads the way in celebrating and commemorating our 300 years by developing a year of educational, artistic, and entertaining events. As San Antonio takes the world’s stage, key initiatives include: History & Education, Arts & Culture, Community Service, and Commemorative Week.

The San Antonio Tricentennial Commission, in partnership with the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, has approved official selections for the 300 TriArt grant program. The program was developed to inspire a diverse range of art throughout San Antonio and Bexar County that reflects local culture and history throughout the Tricentennial year. Through the work of these San Antonio artists, both residents and visitors will experience a variety of art in unique expressions that reflect the vibrant pulse of the community.

After a call for arts agencies and individual artists was issued in February 2017, 79 applicants submitted proposals in April, 2017. Due to the overwhelming enthusiasm from the arts community to participate in the Tricentennial celebration, and the importance of ensuring that a diverse and wide range of arts projects were selected for funded, the Department of Arts & Culture extended an opportunity for the 79 applicants to refine their project descriptions and submit an addendum by July, 2017. Fifty-four of the 79 applicants submitted addendum for TriArt funding consideration. A seven-member panel evaluated the proposals and ultimately made the recommendation to award grants to 29 local artists and arts organizations.

Twenty individual awards, granted through the 300 TriArt program, range from $5,000 to $20,000, with a total of $314,310 available to support local artistic talent. Nine additional art projects will be funded through the Film Commission, Poet Laureate Program, Public Art San Antonio (PASA) and the City of San Antonio’s Sister Cities Program.


“Arts and culture is an integral part of the 300th anniversary commemoration and the organizations selected will create expressive works and establish a legacy that showcases our history, diversity, and unique beauty of San Antonio and Bexar County,” said Edward Benavides, CEO of the Tricentennial Commission.

In addition to the TriArt Grant recipient approval, the Tricentennial Commission also approved a one-time allocation of $20,000 to the Indigenous Cultural and Art Festival scheduled for April 7, 2018 at Mission County Park. Various indigenous groups will be participating and include the Tehuan Band of Mission Indians, Apache, Lipan Apache, Chiricahua Apache, Coahuiltecan , Comanche, Jibwa Nation, Tique Pueblo, and Tlaxcalteca Nation tribal groups. The Indigenous Cultural and Art Festival will highlight indigenous culture, and their contributions to the community spanning beyond the past 300 years. The festival, in collaboration with the Tricentennial and Bexar County, will be a full-day event programmed to share heritage, culture and education through native dance, native drum and the visual arts.

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