Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum’s MOSAIC program actively engages area youth in the creation and business of art—from art-making techniques to networking with patrons and accepting commissions. Student-artists study multiple media, including printmaking, drawing, painting, and ceramics. Students design and create public art projects, organize exhibitions of their work, prepare portfolios for gallery proposals and college applications, and volunteer at community events leading hands-on activities.
Renowned muralist and Blue Star’s Artist-in-Residence Alex Rubio mentors students five days a week, after school and during summers, for an intensive, year-round arts education. Students participate in Blue Star’s programs, and also attend workshops, lectures, and exhibitions at local cultural institutions and artist studios to gain further exposure to the city’s artistic landscape. Student exhibitions and public art projects, which include a large hand-made mosaic mural at H-E-B’s East Side location and the River Walk’s Compass Rose designating the city’s geographic center, become part of San Antonio and its vibrant and rich visual culture.
MOSAIC’s students often come from high schools in lower-income districts with lower-than-average graduation rates. 100% of MOSAIC’s students have graduated high school and many go on to college and careers in the arts, sharing in San Antonio's cultural economy and continuing Blue Star’s mission to inspire the creative genius in us all by nurturing artists in a contemporary art museum.
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Blue Star Contemporary gratefully acknowledges major support from the City of San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development; The Lifshutz Family; Ann Griffith Ash; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Charles C. Butt; Capital Group and The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation; Penelope Speier and Sonny Collins; the Mary Hobbs Griffith Foundation; H-E-B and H-E-B Tournament of Champions; the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; Ricos Products Co., Inc.; a grant from the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation; Valero Energy Corporation and the Valero Energy Foundation; and Weston Urban. Additional essential support is provided by 1010 South Flores Lofts and 1111 Austin Highway Lofts; Argo Group; C.H. Guenther & Son, Inc.; Dr. Dacia Napier; Frost Bank; Sarah Harte; King William Association; Kim Lewis and Jessica & Clint Worth; Neiman Marcus; Rackspace; Silver & Black Give Back; Silver Eagle Distributors; Texas Commission on the Arts; Wendy & Tom Wirth; and the Community Partners, Members, Individual Donors, and Board of Directors of Blue Star Contemporary.
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