WAA Institute

The Emerging Latino Majority

November 5-9, 2014, San Antonio, TX

WAA’s renowned biennial retreat, formerly known as the Leadership Institute, is back—rechristened the WAA Institute—and heading south to San Antonio, Texas, the epicenter of a New America. It’s an extraordinary city: historic, young, vibrant, funky, majority Hispanic, but culturally diverse.  "San Antonio is a peek at the Texas of tomorrow and the America of tomorrow," says former Mayor Julian Castro." "We've called it the new face of the American dream."

The San Antonio program, November 5-9, 2014, will focus on the biggest demographic shift in American history: The Emerging Latino Majority. This inevitable and accelerating demographic transformation will affect arts and culture, politics, business, and education for decades to come. We have a long way to go before these facts are reflected in our audiences or in our planning, programming, marketing, boards, leadership, staff, and volunteers. The WAA Institute 2014 is a first step.


While the program ends on Saturday, November 8, we encourage you to stay over November 8 so that you can join us for San Antonio's Luminaria Festival.  Luminaria 2014 represents a bold new vision for San Antonio. For two nights in November, San Antonio will become a global stage where artists celebrate the city’s heritage as a cultural crossroads. 


Meet San Antonio’s former mayor, Julian Castro, the newly confirmed Secretary of HUD...