SAN ANTONIO STREET ART INITIATIVE
A VISION FOR THE CITY
The San Antonio Street Art Initiative’s goal is to establish a city where street art is abundant and accessible for all residents and visitors to enjoy. Composed of leaders of the the city’s vibrant street arts scene, SASAI’s mission is to introduce and educate the local community about street and mural art and make our city a destination for street art lovers. The initiative focuses on assisting local artists to participate in highly visible community projects that showcase their artwork on a larger scale. SASAI creates educational programs on street art and the San Antonio scene. The initiative links our community to the global street art scene by pulling in the best artists and freshest perspectives to San Antonio while local artists represent our City through their work and showcase San Antonio culture to the world.
San Antonio believes in community. We seek to build and strengthen a street art community here that spans across all areas, activities and people. Street art makes neighborhoods vibrant. Street art extends the arts community outside the walls of museums, brings people to see new places to live and play, provides fresh perspectives for the young and old.
Our first project is to create the largest outdoor gallery in Texas! It will be broken up into phases and will serve as an educational and beautification project. We are focusing on developing this visit-friendly area in the city that will feature a concentrated number of murals. The murals will draw daily foot traffic, cyclists and visitors looking for alternatives beyond our traditional tourist routes and attractions of San Antonio, Texas.
Phase I launched November 3, 2018 under the highway at St. Mary’s St. & Quincy. The San Antonio Street Art Initiative worked in collaboration with 16 San Antonio artists of all backgrounds to create the newest landmark in San Antonio, Murals at Midtown. During this phase, SASAI placed traditional muralists with a long history of contributing to the community alongside street artists who brought new styles and techniques to the public art realm. Place in a few artists making their debut into public art and you have a true SASAI Art Team organically working together, creating community, and contributing art, inspiration, motivation and education.
Phase I was so well received by the community and City leaders that it has been deemed “The Newest Landmark in San Antonio” and continues to exude positivity, inviting atmosphere, and a true urban experience.
CATCH A PHASE I RECAP HERE
PHASE II: 2AM: MURALS & MUSIC AT MIDTOWN
Phase II, entitled 2@M – Murals & Music at Midtown occurred the evening of March 30, 2019. The event launched 20 new murals adjacent to Phase I as we continue to create The Largest Outdoor Gallery in Texas! Phase II spans across 13 city blocks down N. St. Mary’s St. inside one of the most popular areas for nightlife and live music, The St. Mary’s Strip. 2@M – Murals & Music at Midtown is free to the public and encourages day foot traffic to witness the artists up close and personal, painting live for the community. Come night time, stay for the festivities and activations on the St. Mary’s Strip.
San Antonio Street Art Initiative / San Antonio Airport Project
San Antonio Street Art Initiative and San Antonio International Airport come together to spread warmth into an otherwise cold concrete parking garage adding the creations of 5 former SASAI talents who have shown unmatched dedication professionalism since there introduction to the mural art form. SASAI artist produced 10 murals in the Long Term Parking Garage greeting local travelers as they enter exit the elevators with the warm and brightly colored familiarities often missed when away from home. Thank you San Antonio Airport for the their support in local arts.
THANK YOU TO OUR PHASE II SPONSORS
PHASE III: DETAILS COMING SOON!
As the Largest Outdoor Gallery in Texas gets established, the San Antonio Street Art Initiative will continue to host innovative projects and events that will serve as artistic and culturally significant celebrations of the genre of street art! Check back here regularly as we will launch PHASE III details soon.