Arts & Culture
San Antonio reflects a diverse range of artistic expression that builds on our rich cultural heritage.
The arts are integral to our way of life for residents of all ages and backgrounds. Public and private support spurs a renaissance of artistic creativity where a vibrant cultural economy flourishes. Contemporary art reflects the dynamic nature of San Antonio’s artistic, literary and cultural communities and movements.
- The mission of the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts and Culture is to “enrich quality of life by leading and investing in San Antonio’s arts and culture.” The Cul-TÚ-Art Cultural Plan is the City of San Antonio’s guide for investment in the arts.
- In August 2019, Wavehill Social and Economic Research released The Value of Arts and Culture in Place-shaping. The report found that attending arts and culture events helped people feel a part of their community. The report also indicates that arts and culture offerings inform people’s decisions to move or stay and help businesses recruit talent.
- The 2019 Cul-TÚ-Art Survey was commissioned by the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts and Culture to better understand what opportunities exist to stimulate growth and development while continuing to engage and connect with residents and visitors. The purpose of this study is to gather data that will help guide and strengthen the City’s investment in arts and culture.