A modest grant may play a no-so-modest role in the local arts scene. A National Endowment for the Arts grant has been awarded to Gemini Ink and Bibliotech. As Gemini Ink's Executive Director Sheila Black noted, it's not a massive amount of money.
“It’s $25,000, which is small for this funding source, but we’re thrilled," Black said. "The focus of the grant is creative placemaking.”
I asked Black exactly what creative placemaking is.
South Texas writers take note: A good one is coming to share his secrets. You’ve seen some of Carroll Cartwright's work in "Jumanji," "Pearl Harbor" and "What Maisie Knew," but now you get the chance to meet him.
Cartwright is a screenwriter and he’s in San Antonio for a two-day event put together by Arts San Antonio, Gemini Ink and the McNay Art Museum. First is the event put on by Gemini Ink.
“I was invited by Sheila Black from her writing program to come and teach one writing class,” Cartwright said.
There’s a special celebration on the South Side on Saturday.
“It’s really a way to present the newly-renovated Mission Drive-In," said Gemini Ink’s Ben Tremillo.
The iconic, re-imagined and refurbished Mission Drive-In is hosting an event called Paletas y Poesía — popsicles and poetry.
“It’s a free event, so we’re going to have free paletas, and of course poetry," said Tremillo. "We’re going to have some community poets that are reading out there. And then the San Antonio Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero is going to be reading as well."
A new stage work by the Jump-Start Performance Co. called "Tales of Lost Southtown" documents one of San Antonio’s legendary neighborhoods. The production has a preview this Sunday, February 23, at 3 p.m.
“An insight into the quirky and funny, and sometimes disturbing, aspects of the strange characters that live in the Southtown neighborhood," said Erik Bosse, who created the work.