Visage (detail), at Three Walls gallery, through October 31.

News and notes from the San Antonio art scene

Three Walls Gallery wants to go astray - to the Stray Show, that is. A prestigious, invitation-only annual exhibit, the Stray Show runs concurrent with Art Chicago at the Navy Pier. San Antonio's artist-run Three Walls gallery has been invited to the weeklong event, but needs the community's help to cover the cost of attendance. Join proprietor Michele Monseau at the Government Hill home of artists Nate Cassie and Ethel Shipton at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 18 for an informal fundraiser. A $25 donation will get you dinner, drinks, and the coveted status of patron of the arts. Contact Monseau at [email protected] for details.

San Antonio's creative community is invited to display information about their programs, services, and products at Finding Ways: A Conference on Art, Culture, and the Creative Economy on Wednesday, November 12. The meeting is the kickoff for a new, City-sponsored cultural initiative entitled A Community Plan for San Antonio's Creative Economy, which is a joint effort between the Office of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Economic Development. The program includes a speech by Dr. Richard Florida, Carnegie Mellon professor and author of The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community, and Everyday Life, and will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center's Creative Exchange Resource Room from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is free and the event is open to the public. Table space is also free, but limited. For more information, contact Laura Braden at 207-6966 or [email protected] before October 22.

A plan hatched by Ft. Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief to cut his city's arts funding in half has been shelved due to significant public outcry. The decision is contrary to budget cut patterns currently manifesting themselves on the state government level nationwide. The Art Newspaper reports that 36 of the 57 U.S. states and territories are curbing arts funding due to the economy. Collective state spending on the arts has dropped a staggering $135 million since 2002, with California, Florida, and Michigan responsible for almost two-thirds of that decrease. Yet, these figures are relative, and do not reflect the efforts of exceptional cities poised to take up the slack in arts spending. In Texas, for example, the state arts budget is down 20 percent, just under the $6 million mark - a figure less than half of what San Francisco spends on arts funding on an annual basis: $14.5 million squirreled away from the city's hotel/motel tax. Interesting.

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