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San Anto Cultural Arts Hires Teacher & Author As Its New Leader 

click to enlarge Pablo Martínez, San Anto Cultural Arts' new leader. - SAN ANTO CULTURAL ARTS
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**UPDATE 5/22/15 7:23 p.m.

Pablo Martinez called us and briefly discussed his hiring as new executive director of San Anto Cultural Arts.

He spoke about the move being "as life coming full circle" since he's originally from SA and is now returning.

He starts June 9.

He said he had actually been trying to get back here, but it had to be for the right job.

"I'm really excited about this," he told the San Antonio Current by phone. "I've always thought that San Anto is a really important community resource."

His main goal will be to continue solidifying the organization's anchoring presence in the West Side, but will look to extend its reach and impact throughout SA.

"A larger part of the city needs to become aware of its great work," he said.

Below is the original post.

After nearly half a year without a leader, an Alamo City cultural institution has someone at the helm again.

San Anto Cultural Arts, best known for its public mural project and for introducing youngsters on the West Side to the arts world, announced the hiring of Pablo Martínez as its new executive director.

"We're thrilled that we were able to find such a strong candidate," Sarah Gould, the newly-elected president of San Anto's board of directors, told the San Antonio Current.

"He'll bring fresh ideas and bring new energy," Gould added. "He's got a sensitivity for our community that's hugely important to us."

That's because though Martínez is coming from out of state, he's no stranger to Texas and, in particular, to the Alamo City.

He's originally from here and obtained his bachelor's degree at Trinity University. He later completed his master's up the road at Texas State in San Marcos.

Martínez also has plenty of previous experience working in and with SA's arts community.

According to his résumé, he's currently teaching English at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He previously held a similar post for four years at Our Lady of the Lake University. He also worked as a grant writer for the Witte Museum and he served for four years as the artistic director at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.

He's has also won various awards, including the PEN Southwests Book Award for Poetry for Brazos, Carry Me (published in 2013). He's currently working on another book, expected to come out later this year.

Gould, who takes over the board from member Cristina Ordoñez, highlighted Martínez's creative writing background with the expectation that he'll raise the profile of San Anto's newspaper, El Placazo.

"Our mural program is really visible, but our newspaper is just as important and we need to keep it fresh and lively," Gould said.

Martínez fills the void created by former executive director, Harvey Mireles, who resigned after two years in charge. Gould said the national search yielded more than two dozen qualified candidates.

We've reached out to Martínez for comment on his hiring and homecoming. We'll update this story after we talk to him.

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