San Anto Cultural Arts Welcomes Another New Executive Director, Community Arts Org Seen to be Stabilizing after Founder’s Death in 2009

Artist Alex Rubio and poet Carmen Tafolla at SACA’s Recent Huevos Rancheros Gala

San Anto Cultural Arts has a new Executive Director: Harvey Mireles, former board treasurer for the San Antonio Community arts organization, and former Associate Director for The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, assumes leadership of an unsteady ship: since the untimely death of San Anto’s beloved founder Manny Castillo in 2009, the nonprofit has had two short-lived directors and three even shorter-lived interim directors.

In addition to a new Executive Director, SACA also added two new managers for its main programs: John Medina will head SACA’s Community Mural/ Public Art Program and Mari Hernandez will oversee the El Placazo Community Newspaper and Mentor Program.

The org also added three new board members: Ernesto Rubio, former Executive Assistant at the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Antonio; Roxanna Salas, Director of Public Relations for Boss Creative, will be SACA’s new Public Relations Board Chair; and Adriana Garcia, former Adjunct Instructor at the International Academy of Design and Technology brings experience as an artist and educator.

According to a report  by Elda Silva in the San Antonio Express-News, in September, the organization’s board issued an open letter acknowledging concerns about San Anto voiced at a community meeting — a laundry list of issues including financial mismanagement, a high staff turnover rate and lack of leadership. The new Director and staff seem to represent the beginnings of a new era of stability.

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