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Reimagining the Future of the Arts in San Antonio and Beyond

Wednesday, May 27  |  Noon-1:00 p.m. CDT

The challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic have inspired creative solutions for artists and arts organizations here in San Antonio and around the world. Our expert panel will discuss how artists and educators are adapting the ways in which they present, perform and teach music and visual arts in a time when we are unable to gather people together. Join this interactive dialogue as we explore the challenges and opportunities ahead for arts education and San Antonio’s arts communities.   

Discussion Topics:
»  How the online environment has expanded the reach of arts organizations 
»  The challenges for arts and music students in learning through a virtual environment
»  Ways that the arts can be used by anyone to cope with stress and anxiety
»  The impact of canceled performances, closed museums and galleries
»  Copyright implications for sharing artistic works in virtual environments
»  Safe paths forward for artists and their audiences given the unknowns about COVID-19

Reimagining the Future of the Arts in San Antonio and Beyond

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Moderator and Panelists

Tracy Cowden

Tracy Cowden

Roland K. Blumberg Endowed Professor in Music 
Chair, Department of Music

Dr. Cowden’s professional life centers around making music with others. As an accomplished pianist, she is active in commissioning and performing 21st-century music and has premiered works in concerts from Kalamazoo to Bangkok. She has presented master classes and workshops across the country on topics related to collaborative music-making and creative programming.

Libby Rowe

Libby Rowe
Associate Professor of Art

Professor Rowe is an artist working in photography, sculpture, interactive installation and performance. Her artwork explores ideas of identity and belonging through self-definitions as informed by social and domestic constructs. Her interests include breaking from traditional presentation strategies for photographs to engage viewers in a more interactive experience.

William McCrary

William McCrary
Associate Professor of Music
Director of the Lyric Theatre

Over the past two decades Dr. McCrary has established UTSA as a leader in theatre education. A recipient of UTSA’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Creative Production, he is an active musical theater and opera stage director in San Antonio known for his creative and insightful productions.


Troy Peters

Troy Peters
Director of the UTSA Orchestra
Music Director of the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA)

Mr. Peters has a versatile reputation for leading and guest conducting professional, college, youth and all-state orchestras in Texas and around the country. He has gained international attention for his orchestral collaborations with rock musicians, including his frequent collaborations with San Antonio bands on YOSA’s popular Classic Albums Live series.

Costanza Roeder

Constanza Roeder
CEO of Hearts Need Art

A frequent guest lecturer at UTSA, Ms. Roeder is an adolescent Leukemia survivor, speaker, voice teacher and the Founder and CEO of Hearts Need Art: Creative Support for Patients and Caregivers. She is currently working on research projects in tandem with the UTSA Institute for Health Disparities Research and UTSA Department of Music.

Community Conversations is a series of interactive dialogues with UTSA’s leading faculty experts sharing their insights and research on COVID-19.