Artifacts News and notes from the San Antonio arts scene 

Did you enviously fondle your boxing gloves as San Antonio's arts organizations savaged one another, Office of Cultural Affairs Director Felix Padron, and the Cultural Arts Board during last year's program funding process? Ladies and gentlemen, start your word processors. OCA's Project Funding process is in full swing, and applications are due by April 29. The minimum request is $5,000 for funding for 2006, and the pool of money is small, so the process is likely to be competitive. For guidelines and instructions, visit sanantonio.gov/art/website/projectfund.asp.

Joan Fabian, the local artist who co-curated the Toyists show at ROBOT Art Gallery last fall, assures me that in Europe it's customary to invite elected officials to your art openings and it's an honor - not a PR opportunity for the pol - when they attend. Mayor Ed Garza has issued an official proclamation honoring Fine Art Printmaking Month, and StoneMetal Press has helped organize and galvanize 30-plus days of activities devoted to the art. Visit stonemetal-press.com and click on "Print Month," or call 227-0312 for a list of exhibitions. Participating galleries include Joan Grona Gallery, where the international, juried "Hand-Pulled Prints XII" is on view, Nueva Street Gallery, Blue Star Center for Contemporary Art, and the Southwest School of Art & Craft.

The grapevine grew a little this spring. The Office of Cultural Affairs hired former Center for Spirituality and the Arts Director Diana Lyn Roberts (who writes about food and classical music for the Current) to edit its Cultural Web, which can be found at sanantonio.gov/art/website/calendar.asp?dept=28. Organizations can upload their event info, and once it is edited, it gets posted to the Convention and Visitors Bureau and City websites, too.

The b1604 e-mail newsletter sends its semi-weekly PR announcements to a claimed 5,000 recipients. b1604 also calls itself SAMetro and last month announced a partnership with SalsaNet. It's a polished, open-source platform, which means anyone can contribute self-flattery re: upcoming events or new books and it will be professionally formatted and blasted across the e-universe. For more info visit sametro.com or e-mail shannon@b1604.com.

UTSA has also entered the scheduling fray with its retro phone-in line, 458-ARTS. While the events line is limited to promoting the activities of the university's faculty and staff, in this city that constitutes quite a lot, from the Satellite Space downtown to the Durango Street gallery to the 1604 gallery, and that's just the visual arts.

Of course, as long as you're holding the Current in your hot little hand, you can turn to our calendar, which begins on page 16. Submit information to Nicole Chavez, Calendar Editor, at sacalendar@sacurrent.com at least two weeks prior to the date of the issue in which you would like the announcement to appear, and reach our 167,000 (according to our most recent verified independent audit) discerning readers.

Compiled by Elaine Wolff


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