Xicanx Month Call for SAY Sí Alumni Artists!

SAY Sí and the San Antonio River Foundation are seeking proposals from SAY Sí alumni for a temporary installation or performance celebrating Xicanx month to be presented to the public on August 24, 2024 at the South Brazos Street Trailhead at Apache Creek.  

Xicanx Month is a city-wide celebration commemorating the Chicano Arts Movement that holds its roots right here in San Antonio. Xicanx Month will not just be an event; it pays tribute to the cultural legacy that has shaped our community. The Chicano Arts Movement, with its origins in San Antonio, has played a pivotal role in shaping the cultural identity of our city. Xicanx Month seeks to honor and build upon this legacy through a series of collaborative events, exhibitions, and performances throughout the month of August.

We use Xicanx to refer to Chicano, Chicana, and Chicanx. The term reflects those who fought for and claim this designation and incorporates the ‘X’ from the Spanish transcription of the Nahuatl sound ‘ch’. Nahuatl is one of the major Indigenous languages in Mexico. The ‘x’ on the end signals gender-neutral and non-binary inclusivity.

ELIGIBILITY
The opportunity is open to all SAY Sí alumni, ages 18 years and over, and a part of the San Antonio River community, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability.

PROJECT GOALS
Celebrate San Antonio’s legacy as a center of the Chicano Arts Movement.

SELECTION CRITERIA
The award decision will be based on aesthetic excellence, relevance to legacy of the Chicano Art Movement and expressed interest in the site and connection to the creek and natural environment.

PROJECT LOCATION
The Apache Creek Trailhead at South Brazos Street.  The proposal may also incorporate the SAY Sí campus.

Proposals should demonstrate the following:

  • An outline of the project and its connection to the Chicano Arts Movement. 
  • The proposed medium or performance elements suitable for the outdoor environment.
  • Demonstrations of experience completing an aesthetically excellent and publicly engaging artwork or performance; include a portfolio (5-10 images) showcasing previous relevant work.
  • Interest in contributing to the San Antonio River cultural landscape on Apache Creek.

BENEFITS:

  • $1,000 Artist Fee for the selected artist, including costs for materials and supplies.
  • Inclusion in Xicanx Month City-wide Calendar
  • Contribution to the activation of the Apache Creek Trailway and SAY Sí mission

DEADLINE TO APPLY: 11:59pm, June 18, 2024.