SEPTEMBER 7, 2021 — The University of Texas at San Antonio Office of Community Relations and City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture are partnering to create new art displays that will enhance the downtown San Antonio area. The project, led by UTSA’s Westside Community Partnerships Initiative, will engage local artists in creating a unique focal point within the university’s growing downtown footprint.
This month, UTSA will issue a request for ideas to attract local artists who want to conceptualize and develop two murals at the university’s new School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center Building. The first mural will be located on the building’s west facade, overlooking San Pedro Creek. The second mural will wrap around the corner of the northeast side of the building, facing Dolorosa St.
"UTSA is committed to creating beautiful, pedestrian friendly public spaces that enhance the downtown area,” said Elvira Leal, assistant vice president for community relations at the UTSA Westside Community Center. “We recognize that with the construction of the new building for our School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center, we have an opportunity to merge art and data science in a way that creates something really beautiful and unique for our San Antonians.”
UTSA and the City of San Antonio are kicking off the new project with a public art survey. Members of the community are invited to share their opinions about the design of the murals between now and September 23, 2021.
Following the survey, UTSA will issue a call for proposals, asking artists to design and create two artistic murals. Artists will be asked to describe their context, theme, style and color palette. Proposed artworks may be educational or include a call to action.
To advance the project, the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture will provide UTSA with access to resources and its experience in public art. The department will assist UTSA with the development and implementation of the murals’ themes, the selection of the winning artist and project management to ensure the murals are completed by their July 2022 unveiling date.
The project is part of an ongoing partnership between UTSA’s Westside Community Partnerships Initiative and the City of San Antonio to promote San Antonians’ quality of life by enhancing the downtown area.
The San Antonio River Authority and Centro San Antonio will also support the public art project by participating on a dynamic review team made up of community members, internal staff and students. The role of the review team is to engage at key milestones over the course of the entire project from start to end.
“UTSA’s commitment to making public art a priority in its campus expansion is monumental—not only for the institution—but for San Antonio as a whole,” said Debbie Racca-Sittre, director of the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture.
“We are excited to provide technical assistance on this project, to help UTSA pave the way for inclusion of public art in future campus expansion projects,” Racca-Sittre added. “This is just the start of what is possible when it comes to incorporating public art in development, and it is an honor to be working hand-in-hand with UTSA to make it happen.”
Since its inception in 2019, the UTSA Westside Community Center has made great strides in building vital partnerships with the San Antonio community in an effort to continue providing educational and economic opportunities.
The center currently serves as a liaison between the university and the community, fostering relationships through the Westside Community Partnerships initiative. The initiative aims to amplify the economic and cultural strengths of the West Side by marshalling the university’s talent and resources to engage in strategic community partnerships.
“This public art opportunity is a clear reflection of UTSA’s vision to foster community and campus engagement,” Leal said.
UTSA students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to raise their voices and participate in the upcoming joint primary runoff election. Any registered Bexar County voter may vote at the H-E-B Student Union Bexar Room (HSU 1.102).Bexar Room (HSU 1.102), H-E-B Student Union, Main Campus
Adult Mental Health First Aid consists of 6 hours of instructor-led training, in which teaches adults how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen nonjudgmentally and give reassurance to the individual, student/colleague, who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services at UTSAJohn Peace Library (4.04.12C), Main Campus
Refusing to Forget is a collaborative effort to examine and expose the devastating impact of state-sanctioned racial violence throughout the early 20th century in the Texas Borderlands. This will be a two-day workshop.Gregory Luna Room, Buena Vista Building, Downtown Campus
Join fellow UTSA accounting alumni for this fun-filled event that includes breakfast, a round of golf, an awards luncheon and great prizes. All proceeds from the tournament benefit student scholarships.Canyon Springs Golf Club, 24405 Wilderness Oak, San Antonio, TX 78260
UTSA students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to raise their voices and participate in the upcoming joint primary runoff election. Election day is Tuesday, May 24. Any registered Bexar County voter may vote at the H-E-B Student Union Bexar Room (HSU 1.102).Bexar Room (HSU 1.102), H-E-B Student Union, Main Campus
The Faculty Coffee Chat is designed to provide faculty members the space to discuss current issues they are facing in an inclusive and supportive environment.Virtual Event
These sessions are focused on incoming Freshman who are attending the UTSA Summer Orientation and are intending to major in areas within the College of Liberal and Fine Arts! We'll have important information and giveaways for you - come meet us.Willow room (SU 2.02.1), Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.
UTSA is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as designated by the U.S. Department of Education.
The University of Texas at San Antonio, a Hispanic Serving Institution situated in a global city that has been a crossroads of peoples and cultures for centuries, values diversity and inclusion in all aspects of university life. As an institution expressly founded to advance the education of Mexican Americans and other underserved communities, our university is committed to ending generations of discrimination and inequity. UTSA, a premier public research university, fosters academic excellence through a community of dialogue, discovery and innovation that embraces the uniqueness of each voice.