Silver Linings: San Antonio’s arts community weighs in on the positive side effects of quarantine

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MARIAELENA AROCHA
Mariaelena Arocha
Yadhira Lozano, executive director of Luminaria and San Antonio Arts Commissioner for Council District 3
2020 has been a period of introspection and spiritual growth for myself. We were forced to slow down and I turned to music, books, film and online performances. During difficult times, it’s the artists that keep us sane. They put into words what we are unable to vocalize and take us to another time and place through film, poetry, song and theater. We live in one of the most creative and artistic cities and our creative community has responded to the pandemic by continuing to create. Necessity is the mother of invention and we had to figure out how to stay connected, how to continue to be inspired and feel that sense of community. In turn, going virtual opened up the rest of the world to us. We were able to connect in real time with other artists across the country. We were no longer racing across town, rushing to squeeze in lunch or hastily changing outfits for an evening out. All of a sudden, events happening across the country were available and accessible from the comfort of home. I hope we can continue this level of dialog and collaboration in 2021. There is less demand on our physical presence and more time to expand our minds and focus on creativity. I believe we will come out of this with a whole new perspective on life. We will appreciate each other more, and the art scene will explode with everything the artists have been working on during this time. I can’t wait to see it all!

Some of the people and events I enjoyed: Jesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt and Peter Bratt; Voices de la Luna writing workshops; Centro Cultural Aztlan artist interviews; Luminaria Works-in-Process Fall Series; Los Lobos online concert; Obatala conference featuring cooking, music and history; Ozomatli Instagram lives; Friday night Zoom calls with fellow music lovers from across the world; African American Film Festival Atlanta; the OC Film Fiesta; and many others.

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