The San Antonio Program

The Emerging Latino Majority

Through a combination of panels, lectures, facilitated discussions, networking events, and immersive experiences, we’ll explore Latino demographics and identity, philanthropy, social media, GenY, and more, with special attention paid to multi-generational diversity.

Sessions include:

Riding the Waves of a Sea Change Demographic transformation as seen from within
Opening Tamalada A traditional celebration of family, community, and tamale making!
What’s in a Name? Navigating Hispanic/Latino identity
La Vida en San Antonio An immersive exploration of San Antonio…de noche!
Hispanics & Philanthropy Understanding individual giving, board service and grant making
Meet the Emerging Majority A focus group with Latino college students
Hispanics & the Redes How Hispanics are changing the cultural, political, social, and education landscape…online


A Dedication to Place

Complete program details and speakers will be announced shortly, but we can say that the majority of speakers are Texas-based, from either San Antonio or Austin. To get to know San Antonio’s diverse neighborhoods, participants will experience the city on foot, by water taxi, and by bus, exploring the city’s arts and cultural venues from the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio’s newest performing arts center, to Texas’s largest collaborative co-working space for entrepreneurs.

In partnership with the City of San Antonio Office of Culture & Creative Development, the 2014 WAA Institute will be set against the backdrop of San Antonio’s Luminaria: The Arts Come to Light, a family-centric festival of the performing, literary, and visual arts. Artists from San Antonio and all over the country create dramatic stage performances, magical streetscapes, dazzling light installations and galleries filled with surprising treasures. Local chefs and restaurants serve festival-goers from their mobile kitchens.

Facilitator - Joe Randel

Since 2006, Joe Randel has served as the Director of ArtesAméricas, a program of Texas Performing Arts, The University of Texas at Austin. A fluent Spanish and Portuguese-speaker, Joe has extensive experience living, working, and studying in Latin America. Prior to assuming his current role, Joe worked as the Performing Arts Center’s Event Manager for three years. Before moving to Austin in 2002, Randel worked as Production Coordinator during four seasons with the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. Additionally, Joe serves on the Programming Committee for the International Society of the Performing Arts (ISPA), as well as the Congress Planning Committees for ISPA’s upcoming congresses in New York and São Paulo.

ArtesAméricas is a program of the Texas Performing Arts, The University of Texas at Austin, in partnership with the University’s Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. The program promotes cultural dialogue in the Americas through the performing arts. In addition to presenting the best performing artists from throughout the hemisphere, ArtesAméricas supports events and programs that serve as catalysts to broaden the understanding, appreciation, and support for the performing arts in the Americas.


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