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La Familia Cortez — we’ve been a part of San Antonio’s vibrant confluence of cultures for five generations. We honor and celebrate our family’s roots in our hometown and support the community and la cultura mexicana in many ways.

City of San Antonio 300th Anniversary

San Antonio will celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2018. The San Antonio Tricentennial Celebration is a once in a lifetime endeavor that will be commemorated over the course of a 12 month calendar in 2018.

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Zona Cultural

The Zona Cultural is a unique district in downtown San Antonio rich with history and cultural and art centers. The district is 44 contiguous blocks on the west-end of downtown where San Antonio has its roots and where the city first began. San Pedro Creek, Main Plaza, Military Plaza, Market Square, and Alameda Theater, among dozens of other institutions and art installations, are all located in the Zona and serve as symbols of our history and modern culture. Centro San Antonio and many partners have joined forces to help promote and preserve this unique district through the advancement of arts and cultural development. Centro San Antonio, on behalf of its partners and many Zona stakeholders, has applied to the Texas Commission on the Arts for state recognition of the district after the City of San Antonio formally recognized the district in 2014. The mission of the Zona Cultural is to support, develop and link concentrations of cultural, historic, commercial and entertainment experiences authentic to San Antonio. The Zona Cultural is where creative lifestyles, business, and education are connected and celebrated, and where residents and visitors engage with history and the continuing evolution of the culturally blended community.

Teatro Alameda

On March 9, 1949 legendary businessman G.A. “Tano” Lucchese opened San Antonio’s historic Alameda Theater, announcing his vision: “The Alameda will be a permanent symbol of good faith and understanding, between the Latin-American and Anglo-American where they might share and recognize two different cultures.” That same year the theater was awarded the winner of the most outstanding theater in the country. The Casa de Mexico International Building adjoining the Alameda once housed the Mexican consul general’s office, the Mexico tourism office and the Mexican Chamber of Commerce. The Alameda in the 1950s became a nationally recognized venue for Spanish-language acts and movies. Stars such as Maria Felix, Pedro Infante, Cantinflas, Pedro Gonzalez and Antonio Aguilar entertained predominantly Hispanic audiences. Funds are currently being raised to renovate the theater and once restored the Alameda Theater will be faithfully returned to its vintage condition and will seat 2,400 patrons in beautiful splendor.

San Pedro Creek

Bexar County and the San Antonio River Authority, in coordination with the City of San Antonio, are in the midst of the design phase of San Pedro Creek Improvements Project, which will transform the creek to reflect its place in our cultural history, improve its function in flood control, revitalize natural habitat and water quality, and catalyze economic development. The project will start at the tunnel inlet near Fox Tech High School and wind through the western side of Downtown to the creek’s confluence with the Alazan and Apache Creeks. The project includes 4 miles of trails and 11 acres of landscaped area and will remove 30 acres and 38 adjacent structures from the 100-year flood plain.

Centro de Artes

The Centro de Artes in San Antonio is a beautiful exhibition space located in the downtown cultural center, in what used to be the Museo Alameda (the first formal affiliate of the Smithsonian). The Centro de Artes aims to facilitate an understanding and appreciation of Latino arts and cultures and their influences on the United States, through exhibitions and related educational programming for a variety of audiences.

Casa Navarro

Explore the life of a Texas patriot in the heart of downtown San Antonio. A rancher, merchant, and one of only two native-born Texans to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence, José Antonio Navarro was a leading advocate for Tejano rights. Casa Navarro State Historic Site celebrates his life at his original 1850s adobe and limestone home, a historic jewel among its urban surroundings. The site was designated a Texas State Historic Landmark in 1962 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

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