Originally published in KSAT12
Centro’s San Antonio’s “Art Everywhere” program is using art as a place-making tool and is using the projects to get more people downtown and engaged in the Alamo City. That in turn, helps the local economy, organizers of the project say.
The program, which started up during the pandemic, and the city are both seeeing big dividends. The Art Everywhere project celebrates art and artists, by “incorporating art into the public realm”.
“We started it (the project) back in 2020. So it was during COVID. We’re wondering like, ‘oh, gosh, is this a luxury?’ But the outpouring of public support was so tremendous that we realized this is a necessity for us. So in addition to the economic impact, art really tells our stories. It kind of elaborates on who we are as a culture, as a city, and just makes us cool. So we decided to continue and we’re going to be celebrating our third anniversary this year,” Ani Rodriguez, with Cento San Antonio said.