Why the Arts are Vital to San Antonio’s Culture and Economy

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I remember when Artpace first opened to the public in 1995. The building was full of energy and excitement as our first group of International Artists-in-Residence lived and created at Artpace. The galleries were full on opening night as founder Linda Pace and the Artpace team welcomed the community into one of the first spaces in the city dedicated to contemporary art. On March 14, 2020, Artpace closed to the public for the first time since its opening 25 years ago.

As programming and events came to a pause and we were all trying to adjust to life in quarantine, funding for arts and culture suffered immensely. Not only were our significant fundraising events postponed, but funding from the city was cut due to the decrease in tourism. The struggle that all of San Antonio’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations found themselves in led to the development of what is now known as Culture and Arts United for San Antonio (CAUSA). CAUSA started out…

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