UTSA expands community arts programming at Southwest Campus | UTSA today | UTSA

In conjunction with the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts, all community art programs are supported by UTSA Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) – a unit within the Academic Innovation Division that encourages lifelong learning. lifelong and professional development of students at all stages of their educational journey. Community art classes join PaCE’s existing programs, which include business, information technology, communication, and other fields of study.

“We are excited to grow and add more resources to an already outstanding community art program as these classes join UTSA PaCE,” said Melissa Mahan, Associate Vice-Rector for Academic Innovation at UTSA. “Together with the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, we will be able to reach even more students who are looking for a quality arts education, whether they are a budding young artist or a university student seeking a degree. . »

Historically, community art programming reaches over 4,000 people each year. These classes will continue to play an important role in the arts education of students of all ages and skill levels in the city. UTSA is committed to maintaining the classes and instructors that students have loved for so many years and hopes to increase these offerings in the future.

“There is a camaraderie between our instructors and our students that has created a truly special learning environment over the years that we are excited to continue,” said Barbara Hillwho is now Director of Adult Community Programs at PaCE.

Students enrolled in community art classes this fall will have a unique opportunity to interact with UTSA art majors. An internship program will give college degree-seeking fine arts students experience in helping coordinate and teach community classes.

“Instructing others in the process of creating art can play an important role in an artist’s personal and professional development,” said Libby Rowe, professor of photography and new chair in the department of art and art history at UTSA. “Not only is teaching others inspiring, it can also help you develop your own creative practice and research. Undergraduates who choose to intern with PaCE will be able to hone their craft while learning to teach.

This new program adds another internship opportunity for UTSA fine arts students and advances the university’s Classroom to Career initiative, which provides students with hands-on, real-world educational experiences to prepare them for success after the university.

UTSA is committed to advancing arts education in San Antonio. Along with continuing existing public art programs, UTSA plans to build on the school’s partnership with the San Antonio Library for events such as the annual San Antonio Book Festival and continue to host the Fiesta Arts Fair, which showcases the work of more than 100 artists from across the country. every April during Fiesta. In addition, UTSA will maintain ties with local school districts to provide programs for area students interested in the arts.

An open house will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, August 11 at the Santikos Building on Southwest Campus to welcome back community students and provide registration and course information for art programs. UTSA public. Registration for the fall session of Community Classes will begin in August, with many options available year-round for children, teens, and adults.

Youth programs for the fall include:

  • Youth & Teen Art Studios: Classes in a variety of media for ages 8-18
  • Teen Studio Intensive: An extended program for middle and high school students with a strong interest in the visual arts to develop their skills and portfolio
  • Saturday Morning Discovery: A hands-on experience that introduces young artists to sculpture, drawing and painting, printmaking and other media for free
  • Mobile Arts Program: A program that brings art directly to the community by mobilizing art teachers and sending them to area schools, shelters, community centers and libraries. Students learn color theory, composition, and more through a variety of media.

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