Past San Antonio Event: VOL 19

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VOL 19

August 25, 2015
@ Charline McCombs Empire Theatre

PechaKucha Night San Antonio, in partnership with Las Casas Foundation, presents PechaKucha San Antonio Vol. 19.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Charline McCombs Empire Theatre
226 N. St. Mary’s St., San Antonio, TX 78205

6:30 p.m. Happy Hour
7:30 p.m. Presentations

Emcee: News 4 San Antonio’s Randy Beamer

$5 donation
Light snacks are provided.

 Presale tickets available online at:

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The Missions: San Antonio’s Global Treasures

@ VOL 19 ON AUG 25, 2015

Susan Snow takes us on a tour of the historic San Antonio missions, which were first established to help make "good Spanish citizens" who could govern their own community while taking advantage of the life-giving river. Today, the missions are a UNESCO World Heritage site, a designation given to select places around the world exhibiting outstanding universal value. The path to earning this coveted designation required experts from diverse backgrounds to build an iron clad case of support. Since winning that nomination, Susan Snow and her team now work to improve conservation methods, to educate the community, and to preserve and promote these global treasures for the entire world.

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Lessons from Contemporary Art

@ VOL 19 ON AUG 25, 2015

Mary Heathcott has worked in the contemporary art world for nearly 20 years. Throughout her career she has been challenged to explain, translate, defend, evaluate and inspire support for art that often is challenging, thought-provoking, and even ugly. In her talk, she presents lessons contemporary art has taught her: whether it’s playful, somber or obscure, art champions experimentation, ideas, dialogue and more.
This was "Presentation of the Day" on May 30th, 2017.
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Twice Conquered, Twice Victorious: Mexican-American Author on Inspiration, Resilience and Art

@ VOL 19 ON AUG 25, 2015

Yvette Benavides recalls the fire that threatened to claim Our Lady of the Lake University’s very existence, how the community rallied to rebuild, and how literary trailblazer Sandra Cisneros offered to be its writer-in-residence at no fee. From there, the author and college professor takes us through her own literary coming of age, how her multicultural and bilingual upbringing shaped her art, and how she sets out to reach the diverse future scholars in her classroom. With original illustrations by Hector Garza.


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Damn the Torpedoes: A Life in Service to Art

@ VOL 19 ON AUG 25, 2015

Paula Owen believes artists are essential in a healthy society — agents of social change able to articulate bold, complicated and important ideas. That passion has driven her to take great calculated risks in her life and career, and to great effect: She overcame childhood polio and helped raise her siblings after her mother was left disabled by the disease. She went on an archaeological dig during a military coup in Panama. She graduated college at a time when 70% of women did not work outside the home. That determination contributed to her successful leadership of the Southwest School of Art, where she serves her ultimate goal of fostering artists in the Southwest.

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Becoming a Musician: From Mexico’s Silver Mines to the Clubs of San Antonio

@ VOL 19 ON AUG 25, 2015

Joe Reyes owes his work ethic to his family and the discipline they instilled in him. The promise of work in Mexico’s silver mines attracted his great grandfather’s family, but the Mexican Revolution sent his family fleeing north to Texas. His early exposure to music came in the form of folkloric Mexican music, but it was “Los Beatles” that struck a chord. Joe Reyes’ presentation shares his musical journey that included different acts, international tours and even a Grammy win and a Latin Grammy nomination. 

Mary Heathcott
Executive Director of Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio
Joe Reyes, Self employed in San Antonio
Susan Snow
World Heritage Coordinator, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in San Antonio
Diego Galicia
Chef, Mixtli in San Antonio
Yvette Benavides
Professor of English, Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio
Brian Chasnoff
Opinion Columnist, San Antonio Express-News in San Antonio
Paula Owen
President of the Southwest School of Art, Southwest School of Art in San Antonio
Lloyd Walsh
Professor of Art, Palo Alto College in San Antonio