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Arts & Culture Symposium

  • San Marcos Public Library 501 East Hopkins Street San Marcos, TX, 78666 United States (map)

You're invited to join us for a community dialogue on the state of the arts in San Marcos. Selected panelists will discuss topics such as Educating through the Arts, Exploring the Arts and Cultivating the Arts in San Marcos. Leadership from local community organizations and faculty members representing Texas State University and SMCISD will help lead the panel discussions.

The event will kick-off with live performances of music and dance to take place in the sculpture garden located between the Activity Center and the Public Library. A detailed event program will be posted closer to the event date. This is a FREE Community Event.
Light refreshments provided by Blue Dahlia Bistro.

Committee Members:

Christopher T. F. Hanson - Co-Chair - Orchestra Director at SMCISD, Founder and Artistic Director of SMART Orchestra

Rick Garcia - Co-Chair -Founder and Artistic Director for Maestro Theatre

Jordan Buckley - Co Founder of San Marcos Cinema Club

John Fleming - Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Texas State University
Dr. Mario Garza - Founder of Indigenous Cultures Institute
Linda Kelsey-Jones - Director and Curator at The Walker's Gallery, Director of ArtSpace at Centro
John Lopez - Coordinator of Latin Music Studies
Dianne McCabe - San Marcos Arts Advocates
Joan Nagel - San Marcos Arts Advocates
Chris Perez - Pres./CEO of Captiva Entertainment Group
Joe Ptak - Former San Marcos Arts Commission Chair
Maria Rocha - Executive Director of Indigenous Cultures Institute
Tracy Weinberg - Musician

We invite you to be part of this important conversation regarding the arts in San Marcos.

Performances start at 5:00
Program starts at 6:00 - 9:00

Panel 1: Exploring the Arts in San Marcos (6:30pm)
Tracy Weinberg – Singer, Song writer, Local arts advocate
John Fleming – Dean of the College of Fine Arts & Communications – Texas State University
Chris Perez – San Marcos Cinema Club
Margo Handwerker – Texas State University

Panel 2: Educating through the arts in San Marcos (7:00pm)
Sean Justice – Texas State University
Kaysie Seitz Brown – Texas State University
Christopher Kiley – Texans for the Arts Executive & Program Assistant
Monica Ruiz-Mills – Assistant Superintendent of Teaching Learning and Assessment – San Marcos CISD

Panel 3: Cultivating the Arts in San Marcos (7:30pm)
Joe Ptak – San Marcos Cultural Districts Group
Christopher Hanson – SMCISD Orchestra Dir., SMART Orchestra Founder & Artistic Dir.
John Lopez – Coordinator of Latin Music Studies – Texas State University
Mario Garza – Board of Elders Chair, Indigenous Cultures Institute
Maria Rocha – Executive Director, Indigenous Cultures Institute

Closing remarks: “Sharing an artistic vision of our future”

Please stay to continue the dialog and enjoy the food generously provided by Blue Dahlia Bistro

Earlier Event: September 10
Mermaid Mix-N Mingle - Artist Social
Later Event: September 12
River Guardianship Symposium