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Centro Cultural Aztlán: Keeping Chicanx Traditions Alive

May 13, 2021 Comments Off on Centro Cultural Aztlán: Keeping Chicanx Traditions Alive
Dia De Los Muertos Community Altars

By Hernán Rozemberg SAN ANTONIO — No surprise that in a city so steeped in Mexican culture, traditional celebrations originating south of the border would have strong and lasting influences here. One omnipresent example is the annual celebration come every beginning of November: Día de los Muertos or also commonly known as Day of the Dead…

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The Public Theater: Keeping The (Virtual) Doors Open

May 7, 2021 Comments Off on The Public Theater: Keeping The (Virtual) Doors Open
The Public

By Hernán Rozemberg SAN ANTONIO — About a year ago with the advent of the coronavirus pandemic in our community, Jeff Morden and staff were gearing up for their seventh performance of the year. It was one of The Public Theater of San Antonio’s large-scale musical productions, with a staff of three dozen artists and backstage crew. But…

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Making San Antonio Livable No Matter Your Zip Code

May 6, 2021 Comments Off on Making San Antonio Livable No Matter Your Zip Code

By Hernán Rozemberg SAN ANTONIO — Jennifer Cook exudes passion and determination. Those are but a couple of the many strengths and values she brings to the San Antonio Area Foundation as our Senior Program Officer overseeing the Livable and Resilient Communities (LRC) impact area as part of our Community Engagement and Impact team.  Jennifer has been…

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Help On The Way: Cultural Arts Scene On The Path To Recovery

April 19, 2021 Comments Off on Help On The Way: Cultural Arts Scene On The Path To Recovery

SAN ANTONIO – Just about a year ago, Mary Heathcott and her team were giddy following another successful First Friday event, hosting hundreds of people strolling gleefully through their art galleries all evening long. Heathcott and staff at Blue Star Contemporary were at the time also knee-deep in planning for “Red Dot Art Sale,” their top annual…

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Investing In Our Youth Is Investing In Our Community’s Success

April 9, 2021 Comments Off on Investing In Our Youth Is Investing In Our Community’s Success
SA Youth Spurs Team Up Kids 6 21 2013

A proud fifth-generation Texan, Gavin Nichols was born and raised and Dallas but he’s proud to call San Antonio home since he has lived here for nearly four decades. Much of that time he spent working in IT for HEB. He sought to shift to the nonprofit sector, joining the Area Foundation’s Community Engagement and Impact…

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Donn “Corky” McCorkindale: Living Life To The Fullest

March 26, 2021 Comments Off on Donn “Corky” McCorkindale: Living Life To The Fullest
Corky McCorkindale Pilot

As with any good coach, Pete Wesp has good pep talks in his arsenal. Right at the top of his list is schooling his athletes on the importance of developing a strong work ethic. To get his point across, Wesp reminds his charges about “Corky,” his best buddy from high school days. “You teach them…

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New Grants Boost San Antonio’s African American Community

March 9, 2021 Comments Off on New Grants Boost San Antonio’s African American Community
Bobby Blount hands out census information to a family who stopped for groceries at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church food pantry and census drive

The San Antonio Area Foundation is proud to team up with and support the San Antonio African American Community Fund (SAAAACF), one of our outreach funds. SAAAACF leadership couldn’t have been more thankful when construction company Vulcan Materials offered a $25,000 donation, since their many supporting nonprofits still suffered from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The unexpected…

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Standing Tall: Nonprofits Take On The COVID-19 New Normal

March 3, 2021 Comments Off on Standing Tall: Nonprofits Take On The COVID-19 New Normal
Medical Assistant students Amanda DeLaO, left, and Terence Flowers high-five at Goodwill's Good Careers Academy

As time went by and with no relief in sight, Ben Tremillo began realizing what all that talk about the new normal he was hearing everywhere was all about. Weeks turned into months and the doors to the venerable artistic hub on San Antonio’s West Side known as San Anto Cultural Arts remain shuttered due to the relentless havoc…

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Time To Speak Up As If Our Lives Depended On It

February 4, 2021 Comments Off on Time To Speak Up As If Our Lives Depended On It
Silence is Violence

I’ve had many close friends check in on me over the last few months. Given everything going on with racial unrest across the country, they just wanted to make sure I was doing OK. I appreciated their care and concern and I let them know as much. But I was also honest – no, I…

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Keeping it Vibrant: Going All in on Arts & Culture

January 27, 2021 Comments Off on Keeping it Vibrant: Going All in on Arts & Culture
Cultural Vibrancy Vital Conversation

If you’re familiar with our mission and work, you likely know that we work with generous donors to help fund hundreds of wonderful nonprofit organizations across our community. What you may not have heard about are our dedicated and passionate staff members within our Community Engagement and Impact (CEI) team who work with those organizations in getting…

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