Southtown Culture nurtures artistic seeds as a way to grow sustainable creative enterprise and nourish community.

Our Vision: A Garden for Creative Seeds

We believe that when innovative artists take root in community their reach is deep and meaningful. Artists create positive effects for neighbors, schools and the surrounding environment. In developing an environment for creatives through innovative educational events, philanthropy and community support, we sow the seeds for sustainability —a healthy environment in which to grow and thrive.

Arts Outreach

Southtown, is home to the city’s longest running Art-walks: (20 years of) First Friday, Second Saturday, and our annual open house celebration “A Day in Southtown”. Each of these events is unique in outreach and reinforces our effort to inspire a healthy environment.


Like all healthy gardens, Southtown requires our attention. Housing, as well as work spaces, are an integral ingredient in cultivating our creative community; your contribution strengthens this area specifically.  Join us in keeping our garden productive, healthy, and sustainable for existing and future artists that choose to live and work here!

“To be an artist is to believe in life.” – Henry Moore

Culture Zone boundaries

North to South: Cesár Chavez to I-90 and East to West I-37 to I-35. Map

Board of Directors (Start up/Voting) | Andy Benavides, Yvette Benavides, Samantha Demory, Greg Murray, CPA, Nadia Botello

Advisory Board (Non-Voting) | Irby Hightower, Principal (Alamo Architects), Dr. Steve Nivin, PHD (St. Mary’s University/Dept. Chair, Economics) Mary Heathcott, Executive Director (Blue Star Contemporary), Mimi Quintanilla, Principal (Quintanilla Schmidt Consulting) Jody Bailey Newman (Southtown business owner)

 Thank you

This website would not be possible without the support of You, the Department of Arts & Culture, District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales and District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño. Thank you for your consistent support and endorsement of this creative endeavor.

Southtown Culture is: another s.m.a.r.t. project/ smartsa.org


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