X MARKS THE ART - Public Art San Antonio
Councilman Diego M. Bernal and the City of San Antonio call on artists
to bring new “light” to downtown spaces
SAN ANTONIO (June 3, 2013)-- Public Art San Antonio (PASA) and District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal are seeking ideas from local artist groups and collectives to activate vacant downtown spaces with light and technology-based art installations as the next phase of the popular X MARKS THE ART downtown art program. The deadline to apply is July 1. All selected ideas will be implemented beginning in August through the end of the year.
X MARKS THE ART is a result of District 1 City Councilman Diego Bernal’s desire to create a safe, vibrant, and active downtown environment rich in opportunities for locals and visitors alike to engage in cultural activities without needing to leave the heart of the city center.
For this phase, artist groups and collectives are asked to propose multiple ideas to be presented as a series of projects that would illuminate and bring new life to underutilized downtown locales. These can take the form of light-based and interactive installations, projections, video, sound art, time based art events, and more. In addition to placing projects within storefront interiors, artists are encouraged to consider the streetscape and address entire building facades and the areas between buildings such as sidewalks and alleyways. Most importantly projects should strive to be eye-catching and create opportunities to engage pedestrians.
The City is currently working with 13 differentproperties for this initiative and is seeking additional sites for future installations. Target locations are along East Houston Street and within the quadrangle formed by East Commerce and East Travis streets, and between Soledad and Alamo Plaza. The program is also looking to expand to Cypress Street between McCullough and Fredericksburg streets. Complete submission guidlelines and a link to the online application can be found at www.xmarkstheart.com. Budgets up to $2,000 will be considered. Proposals will be reviewed by downtown property partners and community representatives.
For more information about Public Art San Antonio, go to www.publicartsa.com. Visit www.sahearts.com, the official site of the Department for Culture and Creative Development, your guide to arts and culture in San Antonio.
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