What a fantastic way to spend an afternoon in Downtown San Antonio. The 11th annual Artpace Chalk It Up festival was hosted by local nonprofit Artpace San Antonio, a contemporary art organization and artist residency program located in the heart of downtown. This year’s Artpace Chalk It Up featured murals made by local artists as well as community organizations, Kid Zone art-making activities, Free Style areas where anyone can chalk in the street, live music curated by KRTU’s own JJ Lopez, chalk-inspired yoga activities from Mobile Om, festival food, and more.
It’s obvious that “dreaming big,” the Artpace Education mantra, sums up Artpace and Chalk It Up perfectly — with a small staff of less than 20, Artpace accomplishes big things. Best known for its residency program that brings Texas-based, national, and international art and artists to San Antonio, Artpace also established Chalk It Up in 2003, an urban chalk festival dedicated to arts awareness and education. The event is the primary fundraiser for Artpace’s contemporary arts education program, which serves more than 8,000 students and 13 school districts annually.
“Artpace Chalk It Up is a huge event, but it’s important because it’s different than other festivals,” Hoskings said. “It emphasizes art and connects and exposes San Antonio to Artpace’s education program and to contemporary art in general. It’s become an education event that is meant to support our education programs year-round.”
Artpace Chalk it Up highlighted a range of San Antonio talents, from the local 23 Showcase and Feature artists who created chalk murals to the lineup of bands and DJs who provided all-day entertainment, curated by KRTU’s own JJ Lopez. This year’s Showcase artists included current Artpace exhibiting artists, Jimmy James Canales, Adriana Corral, and Joey Fauerso, whose work you can see at Artpace in the Window Works and Hudson (Show)Room. To encourage families to learn together about art, Artpace Chalk It Up included two Kid Zones, where Artpace’s art educators lead children and their families in Artpace exhibition-inspired creative projects. In addition to these projects, Mobile Om, a mobile yoga studio, conducted contemporary art-infused yoga lessons, and The Playhouse characters from “The Wizard of Oz,” which opens Oct. 3, made appearances.
“Team Works connects the community to Artpace and to the urban cultural renaissance of San Antonio,” Browning said. Artpace is encouraged this year’s attendees to walk or ride a B-cycle to visit Artpace’s home base, located only a few blocks down the street at 445 N. Main Ave. There is free parking at Artpace, and it’s always free to visit the galleries.
Alteza Residents were in attendance at this year’s events and shared the images provided above. Living Above the Grand Hyatt, Alteza homeowners enjoy a culturally rich downtown lifestyle. Thirty four luxury condominiums remain at this Arquitectonica-designed luxury condominium. We encourage you to explore the website to learn more on the lifestyle and available residences.
Edited from an original article by Megan Kruze of The Rivard Report. Click here to read the original article.