Cultural Program Manager
City of San Antonio
Department for Culture & Creative Development
Request for Qualifications for Cultural Program Manager
The Department for Culture and Creative Development, in partnership with Texas A&M University San Antonio, is seeking to contract a full time Cultural Program Manager, or a consulting organization to formulate and advance a mission, vision and program for the gallery spaces that supports the Texas A&M Education and Cultural Center (working title). This is an opportunity for a creative thinker who is motivated by the challenge to develop a new program that celebrates and educates a student and general audience about the contributions of Latinos to the culture of San Antonio, South Texas and the US.
About the partnership
Texas A&M Education and Cultural Center is located adjacent to historic Market Square in downtown San Antonio in the Centro de Artes Building and less than two blocks away from the Casa de Mexico, which housed consulates for Mexico and several Latin American countries as well as tourism and business offices. An additional component of the zona cultural is the Alameda Theater, located next to the Casa de Mexico. The theater opened in 1949 as a one-of-a-kind space devoted to Spanish language cinema and live performances, as envisioned by San Antonio businessman Tano Lucchese; it served as a touchstone for cultural development in this western part of downtown San Antonio. In 1997 the City of San Antonio (COSA) leased the Centro de Artes space to Centro Alameda Inc. (to later become the Museo Alameda). The space was revitalized into a welcoming exhibition space with a newly developed second floor and outdoor courtyard. The Museo Alameda was conceived as the Alameda National Center for Latino Arts and Culture and was the first formal Smithsonian Institution affiliation under the Affiliates Program. After showcasing 29 exhibitions of borrowed collections and organized traveling installations, the museum’s vision and mission were not sustainable under its operational model. Authorized in 2012, a new partnership between COSA and Texas A&M University-San Antonio (TAMUSA) restores the vision of a cultural icon in this zona cultural in downtown San Antonio. The COSA and TAMUSA partnership promises the development of a new vision for the zona cultural that can restore education, entertainment, and active engagement in culture, art, and history for multi-generational audiences.
The space that was once known as the Centro de Artes and the former Museo Alameda has a visual presence from at least a half-mile looking west on Commerce Street. This space is part of a cultural zone or zona cultural that encompasses the building known as the Casa de Mexico where the San Antonio Independent School District’s magnet high school the Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School of Art + Design will move beginning in the 2013-14 school year. This innovative magnet school is the city’s only high school for art and design focusing on preparing students with core knowledge and practical, hands-on problem solving skills honed during non-traditional classroom experiences and field trips.
The new COSA-TAMUSA partnership unites the buildings and spaces of the zona cultural to create an urban campus with gallery space, and outdoor learning and classroom environment. The laboratiorio space will serve as a hub for exploration in the real community, to include San Antonio’s’ historic sites and neighborhoods. This partnership provides an opportunity to unite the various programs, activities and facilities, within the zona cultural, with Texas A&M’s strength in applied arts and sciences and interdisciplinary studies, with a program focus on urban planning, historic preservation, architecture, adaptive reuse and historic revitalization.
The successful candidate will also work closely with the Center’s dedicated Education Staff to contribute to the university’s historical, critical, and creative engagement in the visual arts and be responsible for curating exhibitions and programming, producing interpretive texts and catalogs, fundraising, donor cultivation and grant writing.
- Planning and executing a program to integrate cultural and visual arts into the curriculum using exhibitions.
- Develop collaboration opportunities with local cultural and education program and stakeholders that can enhance the cultural, artistic and education focus of the organization
- Developing exhibitions and other programming in the galleries
- Providing leadership to the university community about proper display, storage and handling of art and historic and cultural objects.
- Partnering with campus stakeholders to integrate the exhibitions into communication and development programs, admissions, student life and the academic curriculum
Qualifications if applying as an individual:
Qualifications if applying as a consulting organization:
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Term and Compensation
Selected candidate will be compensated through a three-year contract with the Department for Culture and Creative Development with a possible option to extend. Annual fees for services will be in the range of $55,000 to $65,000.
- Letter of interest
- Resume of key individual or profile of submitting consulting organization
- Support materials that best exemplifies qualifications and experience
Please submit all materials to:
City of San Antonio
Office of the City Clerk
- All materials must be submitted by April 15, 2013 by 4:00 p.m. (CST)
- Hand delivered submittals must be time-stamped.
- Submittals that are mailed in must be postmarked by April 15, 2013.
- Submittals after 4:00 p.m. (CST) on April 15th will not be considered.
Please contact Diana Hidalgo at 210-207- 6568 if you have any questions.