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The Arts that comes primarily from the hotel , motel tax and then me just adhere to that the state law allows 15% of hotel , motel tax to go into arts and culture in Senate O’Neill only 13% of their allowable percentage is going to arts and culture. It is up to the city leadership to increase that to bring that up to 15% . So there’s a bigger pot to distribute among the arts organizations and and also that there is also the political will and leadership to come up with funding sources outside of a hotel , motel tax we see that happening all the time when there are major investments and infrastructures in city streets . For example , in certain parts of the city . You know , in order for example in the River Authority . You know with the river walk making that accessible to a certain part of the city . One thing that the Westside Arts Coalition is asking for is just more infrastructure investment on the west side , so that people aren’t afraid to come over to the weather because center .
So the stickler so the hotel , motel tax when people come the Senate Antonio and they come for a convention are especially venture to visit family. They go to a hotel rooms are going to pay a little bit extra tax for staying here and that money goes to support tourism and other things here in central New in arts and culture is part of that you see that as a vice as a incredibly critical part of the consensual term tell you an interesting place in Thatta tracks visitors .
That’s right. And 15% of that tax in on hotel room is going to go to support arts and cultural organizations here in San Antonio . Other parts of that go to City Convention Visitors Bureau visitors say you know and other portions .
Advertising campaigns. You know how so . But you see . So it’s when discussion to have like , should the city fund art let’s start conversation is already happened . The city is kind of fun art . The question is now which are is the city going to fund , and you’re saying we need to make that more reflective of population that we have now .
Because senatorial again is 65% Latino and only 16 one 6% of city arts funding is going to let you know organization.
So think about that as as venture capital investment. If you’re going to put dollars in that area . This is a growth area , this is , this is where the future .
And with this is where the past have spent and where the president is and where the future can be people comfort to Senator for its authenticity people recognize that San Antonio is a Latino primarily Latino city , and it offers you know the Latino culture and the FN tech version of the Latino culture , especially in areas like the west side , you know , not just the that is playing on the river walk. So if we want to keep Tony authentic . If we don’t want to become a Disneyland , you know , a generic version of the Mexican city . We need to keep these authentic organizations . There have been presenting authentic art and culture for 40 years .
The caller , the last callers get renege on the air here in a welcome to the source. You’re on the air .
Thank you. With the idea how I mean I was the cultural export and really big city point and love the arts . My kids are in the arts , but with the idea of the equivalents I just kinda wondering how do you see the dynamics I’m asking this everyone of generation not you know let you know if you can she took an all Mexican American art and how , what it means , whether they’d look like in the broader sense and San Antonio for it to be sustainable and to exist , not only in the west side , but beyond that , like can like in the World Heritage area how we didn’t get the arts how we gonna push for that because that’s really can I did make it and some somewhat warned mark set the bomb because then it’s gonna have a broader impact and I think .
Okay. We’re nae . Thank you for that call . And so , gotta Gabriel first since you’ve now like the National Association of that , you know , arts and culture . Are you not concerned about that , you know , bringing making sure art is in these areas .
I think it’s definitely super important to make sure that everyone and every community has access to art and also access to practice their own culture and tradition. But I was interested in what the caller said about you know the young the youth generation and sort of our elders and I’m thinking about one of our newest Grant he’s gone home to heritage they had and something that’s amazing that they do is they teach Khan who music you know the sex or accordion and their students range from 8 to 80 years old and so there is amazing intergenerational work already happening and by investing more in our organizations . They’ll be able to be in more places in the city .
In muddy Hernandez from Blue Star Contemporary and your artist herself.
Then I absolutely agree , I think that there’s a big emphasis on working with youth that Blue Star. We work with youth in many ways we have our mosaic student our despair Graham , which is a studio intensive program and we also have our creative classrooms program which takes art into the schools and so we fill the gap , we place an artist in a classroom and they’re responsible for teaching their practice in terms of fatigues subjects and so these kids are getting access to the arts and also learning about core subjects as well . We’re very intentional about our outreach and we won again . Make sure that we reach a wide audience we reach an intergenerational audience and that again we reach all parts of the city .
And Christina Valley.
That’s right you know there’s lots of there’s lots of organizations here that are already doing this work and if they had it , it comes down to resources. If they had more resources , they were do it in more parts of the city as well you know they would extend it . We are all eager to do more to do more programing . We don’t have the base of millions of dollars and we don’t have sometimes you know we don’t have the endowments , the large endowments . We don’t have the big donors of certain size . So just it’s all a matter of resources . So if the city wants to have a more culturally and artistically rich city it can help invest in certain areas .
Money. How hard is it to be an artist .
It could be difficult. I think that most of the artists . I know have to jobs they work a full time job or they were contract work or part time work and then there are other full-time job is making art . So it’s really a commitment . It’s a commitment to your practice and you have to constantly seek out support you have to work , so that you’re able to purchase materials , right , and then I think you know something that we talked about earlier was artists being paid a living wage and that’s an issue in our city . How are we supporting artists aware they can sustain their practice large grants large national grants such as the grants that done not gives out promotes a sit sustainability . So you know when you receive a grant . You really have to think about how to make that money last . What can I do with that money in order to sustain paper .
And then there’s a value getting the grant adds to your brand that Europe and recognized but gave how do people learn how to get these grants.
Sure , well our website www.that work includes more information about the grants that we offer. If you’re local artist in San Antonio , the Senate New artist Foundation also has individual support grants and there are various professional development opportunities we operate and dark Leadership Institute how people sort of you know working there do on their development skills and other areas , there are other groups like the creative women’s alliance that that run workshops providing resources . So we , you know you know us . There’s a website . We’d love to to work with .
And Chris you know by what’s happening to one look.
We are having a hip-hop dance show on February 17th. We have a big mariachi Valentine concert on February always popular as it sells out , so you can buy your tickets early look at our website as well . A little bit cultural arts star or .
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Yes. Tonight we have a big opening , we are opening our portion , a common occurrence which focuses on the year 176831817 an addition to that , and we are opening when the whites manifest who’s work focuses on African American history .
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