Rivard Report Announces Program for Inaugural San Antonio CityFest

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SAN ANTONIO, TX (Oct. 16, 2018) –The Rivard Report recently announced its lineup for San Antonio CityFest, a first-ever event being held Nov. 8 – 10 to celebrate ideas that accelerate progressive change in the city. Produced in partnership with Southwest School of Art, CityFest will feature three days of presenters and panelists sharing the stage and discussing topics ranging from mobility and culture to civic issues and gender.

“We conceived the idea for CityFest, an annual urban ideas festival, after attending the Texas Tribune’s Tribfest in Austin, which focuses on national and state issues,” said Robert Rivard, editor and publisher. “The moment seems ideal in San Antonio to bring together thought leaders from outside the city and state to connect with local leaders. Together, we can step back and take a good look at San Antonio’s opportunities and challenges.”

The programming is strong for this first year. In addition to outside perspectives, the Tricentennial Commission is a presenting sponsor and CityFest will be the capstone event for the 300th anniversary celebrations. Special Tricentennial program is planned with New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell joining Mayor Ron Nirenberg on stage, a panel of contributing writers from the book 300 Years of San Antonio and Bexar County, and a panel of ‘San Antonio icons,’ who will share stories and memories of key moments in the city’s trajectory from HemisFair ’68 forward.

“As both a citizen and as president of Southwest School of Art, I’m excited about the first-ever CityFest and honored to be partnering with the Rivard Report. This festival will no doubt incentivize future CityFests because of the quality and dynamism of the programming,” Southwest School of Art President Paula Owen said.

The urban ideas festival will kick off at the Pearl Stable on Thursday, Nov. 8, with a luncheon and keynote speaker Gil Penalosa. Penalosa is an urban design and mobility expert from Toronto who helped launch Síclovía in Colombia and made it into a global phenomenon. General admission tickets are $75, and Rivard Report members receive a $10 discount with a promo code.

The mobility conversation will continue with Penalosa speaking on Friday, Nov. 9 starting at 10 a.m. at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Later that day, a CityFest Happy Hour will take place at Alamo Brewery and feature two panels on topics related to the challenges of urban living and revitalization. Friday’s programming is FREE with RSVP.

A full day of CityFest programming on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Southwest School of Art will feature a special presentation focused on the mission of the Tricentennial Commission and a lunch sponsored and catered by the RK Group.

The day’s lineup includes:

  • San Antonio Icons and Turning Points in Contemporary City History
  • A Conversation with Contributing Authors to 300 Years of San Antonio and Bexar County
  • A Tale of Two Tricentennials: How San Anton and New Orleans Celebrated 300 Years and How History is Turned into Momentum
  • Gender, Power, and Leadership
  • The Future of Home Rule and City Management in Texas
  • Park the Car: 21st-Century Mass Transit and the Micro-Mobility Revolution
  • Art, Culture, and the Nexus in City Building
  • The Decade of Downtown and SA2020: An Early Assessment

Saturday’s program will conclude with a trip to Luminaria, the city’s after-dark contemporary arts festival, at Hemisfair. Founded in 2008, this year’s Luminaria will feature more than 300 artists creating 1,200 visual art installations and 900 performances.

Schedule, registration and sponsorship details can be found at cityfestsa.org.


About Rivard Report

The Rivard Report, which celebrated six years of publication on Feb. 13, 2018, reorganized as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit enterprise in 2015 and is supported and led by a diverse and accomplished Board of Directors, all of whom financially support the enterprise. Longtime journalist Robert Rivard and his wife, Monika Maeckle, a publishing executive, founded the Rivard Report as a community blog in February 2012. It now features a staff of 20 fulltime journalists and business team members, and publishes a number of freelance contributors. The Rivard Report also serves as a community platform and is member-supported. Learn more at https://therivardreport.com/.

About Southwest School of Art

Southwest School of Art teaches and advances the visual arts for the benefit of students seeking higher education and for others seeking education and enrichment. SSA’s Exhibition Program positions itself as a leader in the contemporary art field, encouraging interaction, critical dialogue, and aesthetic engagement through its exhibitions, ancillary programs, and projects centered on the works of emerging and established artists as well as faculty and students. For more information, visit www.swschool.org. SSA exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

About the San Antonio Tricentennial
In 2018, San Antonio marks its 300th anniversary: a rare, historic event that will be remembered for generations. The Tricentennial Commission, a public nonprofit, leads the way in celebrating and commemorating our 300 years by developing a year of educational, artistic, and entertaining events.  As San Antonio takes the world’s stage, key initiatives include: History & Education, Arts & Culture, Community Service and Commemorative Week.  The yearlong commemoration will celebrate our memorable past and propel us into our equally remarkable future. You are invited to join our community and be a part of the next chapter in San Antonio’s legendary story. Visit www.sanantonio300.org for more information.

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