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Special San Antonio: Unsung Stories of Educational Inclusion

Click below to watch May’s episode of Hidden Histories!

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In the history of civil rights struggles within schools, issues of racial integration and bilingual ed figure far more prominently than the effort to make public education accessible to children with disabilities. The May 2019 episode of Hidden Histories explores this largely unsung story as it unfolded throughout South Texas, featuring oral histories of teachers and students who lived through the profound transformations in access to American schools following the 1975 passage of PL 92-142, the Education for all Handicapped Children Act. Former special education teacher and disability rights lawyer Karen Dalglish Seal provides guest commentary.

Originally a part of the city’s Tricentennial arts activities, Hidden Histories is a monthly, magazine-format video series that pursues and preserves the stories, lives, and places that make San Antonio and surrounding regions an inspiring cultural treasure. Now in its second season, Hidden Histories continues to premiere monthly screenings live in our studio, free of charge. Each screening uncovers important cultural histories of the region by featuring archival interviews with community leaders; significant performances by musicians, dancers and poets; interactions with working artists; lost documentaries; forgotten narrative films; and vintage discussions of important community issues.

All episodes can be viewed for free either live at URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78210) or online at https://urban15.org/live-stream/

After each live screening, all episodes are archived online for 24/7 access at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives

For more information on the series, visit http://hiddenhistories.tv

 

 

Did you miss Mega Corazon 2019? Catch the Re-Screening!

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the 2019 Mega Corazon! Broadcast rescreens every Monday and Friday, 9am – 4pm CST

Tune in Online HERE

In celebration of National Poetry Month, URBAN-15 presents Mega Corazón 2019, our annual spoken word marathon featuring San Antonio’s premiere performance poets. Celebrating a hybrid San Antonio poetic tradition that combines street, classical, and slam performance styles, Mega Corazón is frontal, improvisational, at times painful, and often choreographed for a highly visual impact. This year’s Mega Corazón will rescreen every Monday and Friday throughout the month of April from 9am – 4pm CST, and can be viewed for free online (urban15.org/live-stream).

Poets include former state poet laureate Carmen Tafolla; internationally recognized writer (and Bill Murray’s favorite poet) Naomi Shihab Nye; National Book Award finalist John Phillip Santos; current San Antonio poet laureate Octavio Quintanilla; poetry slam champion Anthony “The Poet” Flores; spoken word artist Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson; San Antonio’s National Poetry Month founder Jim Lavilla-Havelin; playwright Gregg Barrios; Jazz Poets founder Eduardo Garza; Jacinto Cardona; Marisol Cortez; Genesis Linares; Don Mathis; Juan Tejeda with Armando Tejeda; Natalia Treviño; Frances Treviño Santos; Eddie Vega; and Mobi Warren.

Poet bios HERE.

Schedule of poets HERE.

As a special feature of Hidden Histories, this year’s Mega Corazón will also offer a special performance by Juan Tejeda of a 30-stanza corrido written by his father during World War II, highlighting the role of poetry as a oral form of preserving community histories.  Air time for this segment is 7:20pm.

For more information on the Hidden Histories series, or to view previous installments, please visit http://hiddenhistories.tv/

For performance videos from previous productions of Mega Corazón, please click HERE.

All online screenings of Hidden Histories are free of charge at https://urban15.org/live-stream. Hidden Histories segment will be archived online at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives/

If you are an educator and want to bring Mega Corazon to your school, contact Fabiola Torralba at events@urban15.org.

 

Announcing the Winner of the Exquisite Costume Raffle!

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Congratulations!

This year our the winner of our Exquisite Costume Raffle goes to Karla Cisneros! Thank you for your support of Urban-15 and entering our contest! We hope to see you at the parade sporting the gorgeous hat handcrafted by URBAN-15’s Artistic
Director,
Catherine Cisneros!

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Don’t Miss Mega Corazon 2019!

Celebrate the 1st Day of National Poetry Month

with the 2019 Mega Corazon

Monday, April 1st

Youth Emphasis 10am – 1pm
General Audience 6 – 10pm

LIVE at the URBAN-15 Studio

(2500 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX 78210)

or ONLINE HERE

In celebration of National Poetry Month, April’s episode of Hidden Histories will present Mega Corazón 2019, URBAN-15’s annual spoken word marathon featuring San Antonio’s premiere performance poets. Celebrating a hybrid San Antonio poetic tradition that combines street, classical, and slam performance styles, Mega Corazón is frontal, improvisational, at times painful, and often choreographed for a highly visual impact. This year’s Mega Corazón will take place on Monday, April 1st from 10am-1pm (youth focus) and 6-10pm (general audience) and can be viewed live and for free either in-studio (2500 S. Presa 78210) or online (urban15.org/live-stream).

Poets confirmed to date include former state poet laureate Carmen Tafolla; internationally recognized writer (and Bill Murray’s favorite poet) Naomi Shihab Nye; National Book Award finalist John Phillip Santos; current San Antonio poet laureate Octavio Quintanilla; poetry slam champion Anthony “The Poet” Flores; spoken word artist Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson; San Antonio’s National Poetry Month founder Jim Lavilla-Havelin; playwright Gregg Barrios; Jazz Poets founder Eduardo Garza; Jacinto Cardona; Marisol Cortez; Genesis Linares; Don Mathis; Juan Tejeda with Armando Tejeda; Natalia Treviño; Frances Treviño Santos; Eddie Vega; and Mobi Warren.

Poet bios HERE.

Schedule of poets HERE.

As a special feature of Hidden Histories, this year’s Mega Corazón will also offer a special performance by Juan Tejeda of a 30-stanza corrido written by his father during World War II, highlighting the role of poetry as a oral form of preserving community histories.  Air time for this segment is 7:20pm.

For more information on the Hidden Histories series, or to view previous installments, please visit http://hiddenhistories.tv/

For performance videos from previous productions of Mega Corazón, please click HERE.

All live and online screenings of Hidden Histories are free of charge. Live screenings take place at the URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78204) or online at https://urban15.org/live-stream. Afterwards, episodes are archived online at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives/

If you are an educator and want to bring Mega Corazon to your school, contact Fabiola Torralba at events@urban15.org.

 

Open Call Continues!

Open Call for Drummers and Dancers!
Sunday, February 17th & 24th @ 3:00-4:30pm
Tuesday, February 12th, 19th, and 26th @ 6:30-8:00pm
First class is FREE, $10 each following class!

 

Formed in 1987, Carnaval de San Anto is URBAN-15’s original, award-winning, multi-generational community drum and dance ensemble. CDSA was the first group to bring the carnaval rhythms of samba, reggae, rumba, maracatu, and similar Afro-Brazilian and Caribbean rhythms to San Antonio. URBAN-15’s Carnaval de San Anto has toured all over Texas and Mexico, performed at three presidential inaugurations, and become a regular at some of San Antonio’s most iconic and memorable events, such as Luminaria, the Fiesta Flambeau Parade, the King William Fair, and Jazz’SAlive. URBAN-15’s Carnaval de San Anto has changed how this city celebrates and helped shape the culture of San Antonio.


– Carnaval de San Anto in the 2014 Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade –

Every year, the road to Fiesta begins again! This is your chance to join Carnaval de San Anto—we are seeking both drummers and dancers. URBAN-15 will hold a 4-week class for anyone interested in joining the ensemble, followed by an audition. The purpose of this intensive course is to teach basic foundations of music, build up strength, endurance, and coordination, and to teach participants the choreography and rhythms necessary to perform with the ensemble.

Classes will take place throughout February (see schedule above), followed by an audition. The first class if FREE, and each subsequent class costs $10. Drummers are asked to bring their own pair of drumsticks and mallets while most instruments will be provided by URBAN-15.

Interested in volunteering with the group outside of dancing and drumming? URBAN-15 is also looking for volunteers to help with creative costume fabrication, photographers to help document our progress and performances, and event crew to help with equipment transportation, event promotion, and coordination. Are you skilled with any of these abilities? Contact the studio and you too can be a part of Carnaval de San Anto’s performance season!

For more information, call the URBAN-15 Group at 210- 736-1500 or email us at events@urban15.org

 

 

Hidden Histories: Futurespective

Click image below to view the archived episode!

For our final episode of the year, December’s installment of Hidden Histories takes stock of our first season and looks ahead to Season Two. With live music performances by Ricky Hernandez (from episode one) and best-of segments selected by the Hidden Histories production crew, “Futurespective” also sits down with photographer Rahm Carrington to discuss Uniform 300, his recent Tricentennial photoexhibit  which documents the diversity of everyday San Antonio via portraits of work clothing.

As part of the city’s calendar of Tricentennial arts activities, Hidden Histories is a monthly, magazine-format video series that pursues and preserves the stories, lives, and places that make San Antonio an inspiring cultural treasure. Over the course of 2018, Hidden Histories will premiere 12 monthly screenings live in our studio, free of charge. Each screening highlights archival interviews with community leaders; significant performances by musicians, dancers and poets; interactions with working artists; lost documentaries; forgotten narrative films; and vintage discussions of important community issues.

All episodes are free and can be viewed either live at URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78210) or online at https://urban15.org/live-stream/

After each live screening, all episodes will be archived online for 24/7 access at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives

For more information on the series, visit http://hiddenhistories.tv

URBAN-15’s Annual Holiday Laser Show is FREE This Year

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

FOR ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY–

URBAN-15’s HOLIDAY LASER SHOW!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2ND @ 4PM
LILA COCKRELL THEATER (200 E. MARKET 78205)
RESERVE TICKETS HERE

2018 marks URBAN-15’s 15th annual Holiday Laser Show, a multimedia spectacular of choreographed laser beams, colorful 3-D animation and light effects performed to traditional holiday favorites and experimental electronic composition. The Holiday Laser Show is a collaborative production of laser artist Tim Walsh and composer George Cisneros, who have worked together on projects in cities all around the United States. Notable presentations include the opening ceremonies of the Texas Sesquicentennial in 1986 at the State Capitol; the World Empathy Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico; and the 2008-2012 LUMINARIA celebrations in San Antonio.

The Holiday Laser Show is much beloved by the thousands of students throughout Bexar County whose schools reserve seats each year for URBAN-15’s daytime shows. URBAN-15 will ALSO present a FREE matinee performance to the general public on Sunday, December 2nd at 4pm. The first half of the show will be holiday-themed and family-oriented, while the second half is for true laser show aficionados, featuring more abstract visual and sonic expressions and a saxophone performance by Tim Walsh. In addition to his long career as a musician, Walsh is recognized worldwide within the field of laser arts as a technological wizard and artistic innovator, and this is a unique opportunity for San Antonio to witness his work.

Admission is free, but seats MUST be reserved in advance. If reserving more than 10 seats, multiple orders are required. To reserve your tickets, click HERE.

For more information, please contact (210) 736-1500 or events@urban15.org.

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Autumnal Assemblage: Common Currents/Veterans/Elections

Click below to view the archived episode from November 2018!

Embracing a magazine format, November’s episode of Hidden Histories presents several segments commemorating key November events. We first undertake a year-end retrospective of Common Currents, a Tricentennial-year collaboration between six downtown art centers that exhibited 300 works by 300 artists, one for each year of San Antonio’s most recent history. Next, in honor of Veteran’s Day on November 11th, we feature a veteran’s profile of Ray Hernandez, member of the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan nation and 12th generation San Antonio resident. And finally, on the eve of the November 6th midterm elections, we hear from Lydia Camarillo of Southwest Voters Registration and Education Project and writer/urban planner Sherry Wagner about women’s role in historic voting rights struggles in San Antonio.

As part of the city’s calendar of Tricentennial arts activities, Hidden Histories is a monthly, magazine-format video series that pursues and preserves the stories, lives, and places that make San Antonio an inspiring cultural treasure. Over the course of 2018, Hidden Histories will premiere 12 monthly screenings live in our studio, free of charge. Each screening highlights archival interviews with community leaders; significant performances by musicians, dancers and poets; interactions with working artists; lost documentaries; forgotten narrative films; and vintage discussions of important community issues.

All episodes are free and can be viewed either live at URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78210) or online at https://urban15.org/live-stream/

After each live screening, all episodes will be archived online for 24/7 access at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives

For more information on the series, visit http://hiddenhistories.tv

 

The 2018 Josiah Media Festival Runs October 18-20!

In 2018, the Josiah Media Festival celebrates its 12th consecutive year as one of the world’s longest-running film festivals exclusively for young filmmakers 21 years old and under. Each year, this festival has received increased international attention and participation. During the 2018 call for entries, we received over 2,000 films, adjudicated 254 entries, and selected 12 winners from around the world—including here in San Antonio, Texas!

This year’s Josiah Media Festival will take place at the URBAN-15 Studio in San Antonio from Thursday, October 18 through Saturday, October 20. Over the course of the three-day festival, we will screen the best 71 films from four categories (narrative, documentary, animation, and experimental) and offer three Saturday workshops for young filmmakers and film educators. The festival also includes a special Saturday matinee screening that will feature all of the selected films made by young San Antonio filmmakers attending Communication Arts High School, Film School of San Antonio at Harlandale High School, John Marshall High School, Northeast School of the Arts, Say Si, and Saint Mary’s Hall.

Screening Schedule

  • Thursday, October 18 at 7pm
  • Friday, October 19 at 7pm
  • Saturday, October 20 at 2pm (highlighting young San Antonio filmmakers)
  • Saturday, October 20 at 7pm (12 winning films followed by award ceremony and Skype conversations with winners from around the world)

For detailed schedule of films, CLICK HERE. For filmmaker bios, CLICK HERE.

Workshop Schedule

  • Saturday, October 20 at 10am: “Drone Filmmaking” with Rogy Productions
  • Saturday, October 20 at 11:15am: “Movie Makeup Magic” with The Darkness FX
  • Saturday, October 20 at 12:30pm: “Feed Your Crew on a Budget” (lunch included!)

When Marcus and Nancy Neundorf met with URBAN-15 directors in 2007, no one could have envisioned that a memorial screening of films by their recently deceased son, Josiah Neundorf—a talented young media artist from San Antonio, Texas, USA who succumbed to bone cancer in 2006—would evolve into an internationally-recognized film festival. Since its founding, young filmmakers participating in the Josiah Media Festival have gone on to receive acclaim at other film festivals worldwide; garner attention from national and international media; excel at schools such as Tisch, USC, AFI, Chapman, Columbia and Ringling; and begin thriving professional careers.

Tickets are $10 per screening and $30 for a festival package. Tickets are available at the door and presale HERE. We are happy to make press screeners of the four 1st place films + the San Antonio winner available to local media.

Want to watch from outside San Antonio? Click below to access a livestream of the event!

For more information, email josiahfestival@urban15.org or call us at (210) 736-1500.

The Alamo on Film: Facts, Fiction, Fantasy

Watch October’s archived episode of Hidden Histories by clicking below!

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In Remembering the Alamo: Memory, Modernity, and the Master Symbol, anthropologist Richard R. Flores writes: “Stories of the past … inscribe our present and shape our future.” Historical narratives, in other words, impact self-identity and affect how we relate to others—for better and for worse. Curated by George Cisneros, October’s episode of Hidden Histories examines a long tradition of Alamo cinema, exploring how the story and iconography of the Alamo has shaped the way we view a complex and centuries-long regional history. In “The Alamo on Film,” we discuss five significant Alamo films, aiming to differentiate historical reality from fictional license and interrogate how these narratives have both helped and at times hurt us.

In this Tricentennial year, such questions have expanded from strictly academic inquiry to a wider community of citizen historians. In this spirit, the episode will feature three prominent cultural commentators: first, filmmaker Jimmy Mendiola will discuss the cultural implications of the 1969 comedy Viva Max. Nathan Cone of TPR’s Cinema Tuesdays will then talk about the 1915 silent film Martyrs of the Alamo, the 1960 version of The Alamo starring John Wayne, and John Lee Hancock’s 2004 rendition of The Alamo. Finally, Express-News columnist Elaine Ayala will discuss Remember the Alamo, a thought-provoking documentary produced in 2003 by San Antonio native Joseph Tovares for PBS’s American Experience series. At a time of fraught discussion about U.S.-Mexico relations, panelists will explore how a century of cinematic renderings of the Alamo narrative—probably the most infamous story about “Texans” and “Mexicans”—have influenced and shaped daily life and dialogue between these groups in modern-day San Antonio.

As part of the Tricentennial arts activities, Hidden Histories is a monthly series that pursues and preserves the stories, lives, and places that makes San Antonio a cultural treasure. Throughout 2018, our studio will premiere live episodes once a month, both live in our studio and online. These twelve episodes will highlight and archive interviews with community leaders; performances by significant musicians, dancers, poets, and artists; lost documentary and narrative films; and discussions of vital community issues. Live screenings will be supplemented by interviews with community and field experts.

All episodes are free of charge and can be viewed either live at URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78210) or online at urban15.org/live-stream. Episodes premiere the first Mondays of the month at 7pm.

After each live screening, all episodes will be archived online for 24/7 access at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives

For more information on the series, visit http://hiddenhistories.tv