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Picasso at Texas A&M, San Antonio: Transforming Community

Le Goût du Bonheur, 5/16/1964. Reproduction of a drawing from a sketchbook. © 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Le Goût du Bonheur, 5/16/1964. Reproduction of a drawing from a sketchbook. © 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Our assignment in Week 2 of the Backpack Journalism master’s class at National University was to develop a google map and corresponding story. I was on assignment for Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine at Texas A&M University, San Antonio, to cover the “Picasso, Amigos & Contemporaneos” exhibit there, which had been a huge success. How did it ever come to this one building university on the “south side” of San Antonio, the only 4-year university in the impoverished area? The TAMUSA administration is determined to keep bringing opportunity and access to students and the community at large, and offered free admission to this exhibit, in particular. It opened eyes, brought awe and gave tribute to the hard-working community.

Here is my blurb, also found at my Google map of the event.

An incredible  “Picasso, Amigos & Contemporaneos” exhibit was held at Texas A&M University, San Antonio, approximately 15 miles from the famous Riverwalk San Antonio, and 25 miles from the airport. It is the first time these 97 works of art in different mediums had ever left Spain. Since opening on the “south side”  last year, the university has brought the community cultural wealth in the arts, opera, music and politics–even the governor has spoken at this shiny new one-building university that has plans to grow in the next 10 years. The motto “Access & Success” drives the faculty, administration and community to provide opportunities to its students at this, the only 4-year university in the area. Picasso is only the beginning.

Please see my Google map at: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=202476648307905244629.0004c0158d193c969b79f&msa=0

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