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San Antonio Arts: Art Scene in San Antonio

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From Davy Crockett and the Alamo, to Teddy Roosevelt and his “Rough Riders”, San Antonio’s historical importance can’t be overstated. San Antonio embodies the singular, maverick spirit of the “Lone Star” state, and hosts millions of visitors annually. Artistically, San Antonio plays host to a number of well appointed musical and theatrical venues, as well as several superb visual art museums.

San Antonio Arts Information

  • mySanAntonio—Offers extensive arts and entertainment coverage
  • SAHearts.com—The San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs website provides a calendar, links, a section on special events, and other arts information.

Art Museums

McNayMuseum

McNay Art Museum

The McNay Art Museum was founded on Marion McNay’s passion for modern art. A collector from the 1920s to the 1940s, McNay amassed seven hundred 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings before her death in 1950. She left her collection, along with the mansion that housed it, to the city of San Antonio, together with an endowment to establish the first museum of modern art in Texas.

Today the 24-room …more…

San Antonio Museum of Art

San Antonio Museum of Art

The SAMA is a fairly young museum, having first opened its doors to the public in 1981, in the renovated historic Lone Star Brewery buildings. Its collections are diverse and ambitious, starting with its pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, and Latin American folk art, which the museum focused on from its outset.

The museum has since developed a comprehensive collection of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art; Asian art; …more…

Theater

Jump-Start Performance Co

Jump-Start Performance Co

Each year, Jump-Start presents a season of four to six new works by company members and associate artists, many of which have gone on to tour nationally. Productions include: On the Pulse of the Morning, inspired by Maya Angelou’s inaugural poem; The House on Mango Street, an adaptation of a Sandra Cisneros novel; Memory’s Caretaker, by Paul Bonin-Rodriguez; Santo Negro, by Sterling …more…

Classical Music

San Antonio Symphony

San Antonio Symphony

From the orchestra’s legendary beginnings with Max Reiter’s exile from Italy in 1939 and subsequent journey to America, San Antonio Symphony has become one of the this country’s leading symphonic ensembles. In its over 70 year history, guest conductors have included Igor Stravinsky, Dmitri Mitropolous and Sir Thomas Beecham. Financial woes have plagued the orchestra in the past, but currently …more…

Opera

San Antonio Opera

San Antonio Opera

San Antonio Opera owes its genesis to two men in two very different eras. The first, Max Reiter, was an Italian Jewish symphony conductor who fled his native country with $40 as World War II neared. Finding New York packed with other conductors in similar straits, he found fertile soil in Texas and established the San Antonio Symphony in 1939.

Six years …more…

Dance

Ballet San Antonio

Ballet San Antonio

Ballet San Antonio is a classical company whose dancers are trained in the vigorously expressive style of the Ballet Russe. Their season generally includes a holiday Nutcracker production featuring local youth, a classic story ballet, and a mixed repertory concert including work by contemporary guest choreographers. Outside the theater, Ballet San Antonio also regularly gives community performances in local venues such as schools, hospitals, and the Ronald McDonald House.

Ballet San …more…

Venues

Majestic Theatre

Majestic Theatre

The Majestic Theatre opened in 1929, the largest and most ornate movie theatre in the state of Texas, and the second largest of its kind in the country for many years.  At its opening the Majestic was state-of-the-art, equipped with the most modern sound and projection equipment, and was the first fully air-conditioned theatre in the state.

Over decades the Majestic saw public tastes change, from motion pictures to rock ‘n …more…

Woodlawn Theatre

Woodlawn Theatre

The Woodlawn Theater opened in 1946, and has been an integral part of the city’s cultural history since. It premiered John Wayne’s The Alamo (hosted by the director/lead actor himself) and the first of Pink Floyd’s lazer light show.

In the past several decades the Woodlawn has featured the full spectrum of the performing arts, and its schedule today remains as diverse, featuring plays, concerts, talent shows, pageants and more. Musical …more…

Art Museums

McNayMuseum

McNay Art Museum

The McNay Art Museum was founded on Marion McNay’s passion for modern art. A collector from the 1920s to the 1940s, McNay amassed seven hundred 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings before her death in 1950. She left her collection, along with the mansion that housed it, to the city of San Antonio, together with an endowment to establish the first museum of modern art in Texas.

Today the 24-room …more…

San Antonio Museum of Art

San Antonio Museum of Art

The SAMA is a fairly young museum, having first opened its doors to the public in 1981, in the renovated historic Lone Star Brewery buildings. Its collections are diverse and ambitious, starting with its pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, and Latin American folk art, which the museum focused on from its outset.

The museum has since developed a comprehensive collection of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art; Asian art; …more…

Theater

Jump-Start Performance Co

Jump-Start Performance Co

Each year, Jump-Start presents a season of four to six new works by company members and associate artists, many of which have gone on to tour nationally. Productions include: On the Pulse of the Morning, inspired by Maya Angelou’s inaugural poem; The House on Mango Street, an adaptation of a Sandra Cisneros novel; Memory’s Caretaker, by Paul Bonin-Rodriguez; Santo Negro, by Sterling …more…

Classical Music

San Antonio Symphony

San Antonio Symphony

From the orchestra’s legendary beginnings with Max Reiter’s exile from Italy in 1939 and subsequent journey to America, San Antonio Symphony has become one of the this country’s leading symphonic ensembles. In its over 70 year history, guest conductors have included Igor Stravinsky, Dmitri Mitropolous and Sir Thomas Beecham. Financial woes have plagued the orchestra in the past, but currently …more…

Opera

San Antonio Opera

San Antonio Opera

San Antonio Opera owes its genesis to two men in two very different eras. The first, Max Reiter, was an Italian Jewish symphony conductor who fled his native country with $40 as World War II neared. Finding New York packed with other conductors in similar straits, he found fertile soil in Texas and established the San Antonio Symphony in 1939.

Six years …more…

Dance

Ballet San Antonio

Ballet San Antonio

Ballet San Antonio is a classical company whose dancers are trained in the vigorously expressive style of the Ballet Russe. Their season generally includes a holiday Nutcracker production featuring local youth, a classic story ballet, and a mixed repertory concert including work by contemporary guest choreographers. Outside the theater, Ballet San Antonio also regularly gives community performances in local venues such as schools, hospitals, and the Ronald McDonald House.

Ballet San …more…

Venues

Majestic Theatre

Majestic Theatre

The Majestic Theatre opened in 1929, the largest and most ornate movie theatre in the state of Texas, and the second largest of its kind in the country for many years.  At its opening the Majestic was state-of-the-art, equipped with the most modern sound and projection equipment, and was the first fully air-conditioned theatre in the state.

Over decades the Majestic saw public tastes change, from motion pictures to rock ‘n …more…

Woodlawn Theatre

Woodlawn Theatre

The Woodlawn Theater opened in 1946, and has been an integral part of the city’s cultural history since. It premiered John Wayne’s The Alamo (hosted by the director/lead actor himself) and the first of Pink Floyd’s lazer light show.

In the past several decades the Woodlawn has featured the full spectrum of the performing arts, and its schedule today remains as diverse, featuring plays, concerts, talent shows, pageants and more. Musical …more…