Local artists Jose Sotela and Ernesto Ibanez reflect on the artwork displayed at Centro de Artes. Photo by Rocío Guenther.

SATX/MX Exhibit Celebrates SA’s Shared History with Mexico

Around 25 artists, City staff, and media professionals convened at Centro de Artes Tuesday morning for a preview of SATX/MX: Un Viaje Lleno de Cultura, an exhibit featuring the work of 21 San Antonio artists whose work grapples with the theme of what life in San Antonio is like through the lens of their Mexican and Mexican-American heritages.

Centro de Artes at 101 South Santa Rosa Avenue. Photo by Scott Bal.

Bringing a ‘Shared Vision’ to Centro de Artes

San Antonio’s Centro de Artes, a Latino arts education and exhibition space in the heart of the Zona Cultural, has been a “lifeless, non-cohesive space” for much of its existence, and many of its leaders have failed to fulfill its core mission: to be the center of local and regional Latino art and tell the story of the Latino experience with a focus on San Antonio and South Texas.

The Panadería at Mi Tierra. Photo by Scott Ball.

La Familia Cortez y Mi Tierra: Celebrating 75 Years as San Antonio’s Culinary, Cultural Gems

This year, La Familia Cortez Restaurants, which owns the iconic San Antonio restaurant, Mi Tierra Café & Bakery, turns 75 years old, and even now, beneath the technicolor Christmas lights and papeles picados strung across the eatery’s ceiling, three generations of la familia Cortez are preserving and growing their legacy established by the family patriarch, the late Pedro Cortez.

Market Square at the corner of Dolorosa and South Santa Rosa. Photo by Scott Ball.

Fingers Crossed: Zona Cultural Application Goes to the State

During recent meetings about San Pedro Creek Improvements Project and the Weston Urban/Frost Bank/City of San Antonio office tower and land swap deal, yet another new development in downtown’s northwest quadrant was consistently cited as a boon to the cultural and economic health of this historic area: the El Mercado Zona Cultural.