The Alameda Museum was the first Latino museum in the USA and the first official Smithsonian affiliate outside Washington D.C., located in historic Market Square in downtown San Antonio, Texas. In 1996, Secretary I.
Michael Heyman of the Smithsonian Institution announced the physical presence of the Smithsonian in San Antonio and gave birth to the Smithsonian affiliate program. In May of the same year, Governor George W. Bush signed a joint resolution of the Texas legislature naming the Alameda Museum as the official State Latino Museum.
The Alameda Museum opened to the public in April 2007 and has since displayed works from all over the United States and Latin America. Past exhibits include: Ghost Sightings: Art After the Chicano Revolution (March 2009), American Sabor: Latinos in the United States. Popular Music (June 2009), Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art in Mexico City (July 2008), Myth, Mortals, and Immortality: Works from Museo Soumaya de México (June 2008) and Azucar! Celia Cruz’s Life and Music (September 2007).
The Museo has also shown the work of several local San Antonio artists, including Alex Rubio and Vincent Valdez, in their 2007 exhibition San Anto: Proud of the Southside / En El Mero Hueso (December 2007) and Jesse Treviño in his 2009 exhibition Jesse Treviño: Mi Vida (October 2009).
Honoring Alameda’s original concept as a meeting place for all American cultures, a world of programming awaits people in the fields of opera, dance, theatre, music, television production, seminars, conferences, film, and concerts–areas in which the Kennedy Center is an unparalleled expert.
With the broad flex room designed for the theatre, they also have the opportunity to offer innovative educational and entertainment programs off the stage as well.
A theater with next-generation technology and design opens up a range of possibilities for presentations that will drive the spirit within us.
Not only is the Alameda of cultural and historical significance to San Antonio, it has an inherent value for the future of performing arts in South Texas, and with the establishment of the Alameda National Center for Latino Arts and Culture, it will become a shining star of the nation’s cultural landscape.
San Antonio, Texas showcases these must-see museums you shouldn’t miss:
These amazing museums are located just down the street from our location at 11440 Potranco Road, Suite 102. Stop by for a visit anytime!