Palmetto Center for the Arts

Fall 2019 Calendar of Events

May 6 - August 18 | Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition (ART)

 student art show

August 26 - October 12 | Portrait Ritual Place (ART)

Fotoseptiembre Exhibit Fall 2019

Portrait Ritual Place
Featuring Anthony Francis, Scott Martin & Daniela Riojas

Curated by Rachael M. Bower, Diana Kersey & Jimena Marin

Palmetto Center for the Arts
Exhibition Dates: August 26-October 12, 2019

The artists featured in NVC’s photography exhibition live and work in Texas. Anthony Francis, a portrait photographer, uses the medium to address the ‘poetic experience of my black experience.’ Scott Martin is ‘interested in the structures humankind creates– where…and what they say about their creators when they are gone.’ Daniela Riojas captures her performative installations on film, exploring concepts of ancestry, ritual and personal history.

September 18 | Mural Unveiling & Artist Talk: Adriana M. Garcia (ART)

Mural Unveiling & Artist Talk:
I Change Myself, I Change the World - Adriana M. Garcia

Mural Unveiling

Changing the World
Lead Artist: Adriana M. Garcia, Assistant Artist: Michelle Love
Acrylic on Panel, 7’ x 36’, 2019

“Changing the World,” features real NVC students and reflects the stories of creative survival, symbols of support, and political activism that lead many students to Northwest Vista College.

September 18 at 5:30 pm
CCC 108/109

This project was partially funded by an Arts Engagement in American Communities grant from the National Endowment for the Arts received through a partnership between the Fine Arts and Mexican American Studies Programs at NVC. The goal was to connect art students at the college and high school levels from throughout San Antonio with professional artists to create a community-based campus mural for NVC.

We invited award-winning artist, Adriana M. Garcia, to lead this project and chose the theme of “Access to Education” to honor the various paths that lead students to NVC and the importance of higher education in their lives. Garcia spent time with our campus community, listening to stories and discussing meaningful imagery with students, faculty, and staff during the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. We also hosted two campus mural community meetings at NVC during the Spring 2019 semester and invited attendees to learn about the history of educational activism in San Antonio. At the  first meeting, special guest speaker, Mario Compean, co-founder of the Mexican American Youth Organization (M.A.Y.O.) and the Raza Unida Party (R.U.P.), spoke about his experiences during the 1968 Edgewood High School Walkouts that occurred in San Antonio, Texas. We further invited attendees to share their own stories through writing, drawing, and conversation.

Garcia painted the work in collaboration with assistant artist on the project, Michelle Love, and with the help of NVC students, community members, and students from neighboring colleges and high schools who graciously volunteered their time and labor to the project. Garcia also invited 77 year-old artist, Roberto Sifuentes, to paint the iconic image of student protesters first printed in the San Antonio Express News. Sifuentes’ wife, Herlinda, participated in the walkouts and graduated from Edgewood in 1968. San Antonio has a rich history of educational activism, part of a long struggle for civil and human rights that continues today.

The NVC Mural Grant Coordinating team includes Dr. Sandra D. Garza, Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the Mexican American Studies Program, Rachael Bower, Instructor and Art Discipline Coordinator, and Tim Jones, Professor of Fine Arts. This work could not have been completed without the indispensable work of Judy Camargo, Director of College and Grants Development and Anthony Quintanilla, Structural Shop Foreman, and Dr. Ric Baser, President at Northwest Vista College.

October 2 | Artist Lecture: Anthony Francis (ART)

Anthony Francis

October 10-12 | Artist-in-Residence Jaiquan Laurencin (DANCE)

Dance Artist in Residence

Jaiquan Laurencin is a versatile dancer, choreographer and educator born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut who started dancing in Breakdancing/Hip-hop. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education from Texas Woman's University, where he was awarded Undergrad Excellence in Performance his first year. He has a great passion for sharing his knowledge in dance by educating the younger generation. He has worked with nonprofit organizations, theaters, preprofessional and professional companies, and multiple dance studios teaching workshops and choreographing works. Companies he has danced for include Dark Circles Contemporary Dance under Joshua Peugh, Pedestrian Dance Movement under Liz Terry and a guest performer with Noble Motion Dance under Andy and Dion Noble. Artists he has worked with include Sidra Bell, Gabrielle Lamb, Gregory Dolbashian, Justin Giles, and Meredith Rainey to name a few. Film credits include dancing in Bastille music video Glory and in a wedding scene for the indie movie Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaaa filmed in New York City. Currently he teaches and choreographs around Dallas/Fort Worth area hoping to inspire the next generation of young artists to success. He has also served on the faculty at Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy as Dance Director.

The NVC Dance Artist-in-Residence is presented by the NVC Dance Program and sponsored by the Student Activity Fee.

Learn more about NVC Dance Program course offerings.

October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 27 | The Crucible (DRAMA)

Arthur Miller THE CRUCIBLE

Arthur Miller
The Crucible

Directed by Tim Hedgepeth

Since its Broadway premiere almost 70 years ago, Arthur Miller’s harrowing The Crucible remains one of America’s most relevant and challenging plays.  Set during the infamous 17th century Salem witch trials,  The Crucible examines mob violence, religious hysteria, and socially accepted prejudice against the story of one man’s search for salvation.   In 2019, it is a chilling allegory for our time.

October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 & 26 at 8pm
Sunday, October 27 at 5:00pm
Palmetto Theatre

$5 - ACCD Students / Faculty / Staff
$5 - Students: K-12 & Higher Education
$8 - Senior / Military
$10 - General

The Palmetto Box Office opens for ticket sales one hour before curtain time. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early to ensure a seat.

Free admission with valid student I.D.

October 28 - December 14 | Inspiration, Intelligence and Design (ART)
Inspiration, Intelligence and Design
Mixed media by William Keith
Curated by the artist
November 7 | Cosmic Art Night (ART)

The NVC Fine & Performing Arts Department presents Cosmic Art Night! Materials and studios glow under ultraviolet lights creating a surreal, dreamy vibe while you explore the arts of ceramics, drawing, printmaking, music and dance. Professors and students will demonstrate the potter’s wheel, dance moves, and screen printing techniques on paper. Bring your own t-shirt to silkscreen on. All additional materials provided. Everyone is welcome: students, faculty, staff, and families! All ages! No experience necessary!

Thursday, November 7 from 7pm-9pm
Palmetto Center for the Arts
Free Admission

November 1 | Texas Two-Year College Choral Association Region V All-State Choir Audition (MUSIC)

Texas Two-Year College Choral Association Region V All-State Choir Audition

Friday, November 1 at 12pm
in the Palmetto Theatre

November 11 | Dr. Lee’s Master Class (MUSIC)

Dr. Lee’s Master Class:
NVC Honors Recital Solos and Ensemble Dress Rehearsal

Monday, November 11, 10am-12:15pm
Recital Hall (PCA 107)

November 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24 | Man of the Flesh by Octavio Solis (DRAMA)
NVC Drama Program presents
Man of the Flesh by Octavio Solis
Directed by Mellissa Marlowe

Black Box Theatre
Palmetto Center for the Arts


Seven Performance Dates
November 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 8pm
& Sunday Matinee, November 24 at 2:30pm

$5 - ACCD Students / Faculty / Staff
$5 - Students: K-12 & Higher Education
$8 - Senior / Military
$10 - General
November 18 | Fall Music Fest: NVC Instrumental Chamber Ensemble (MUSIC)

Fall Music Fest Fall 2019
presents the
NVC Instrumental Chamber Ensemble
Directed by Emmanuel Godoy

Monday, November 18 at 7:30pm
Palmetto Theatre
Admission - $5

November 19 | NVC Faculty Recital (MUSIC)

Fall Music Fest Fall 2019
presents the NVC Faculty and Guest Artist Recital

Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30pm
Palmetto Theatre
Free Admission

November 20 | Fall Music Fest: NVC Concert Choir & Solo Performances (MUSIC)

NVC Concert Choir and Solo Performances
Directed by Dr. Minkyung Lee

My Companion: You’ll never walk alone.

Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30pm
Palmetto Theatre
Admission - $5

November 21 | Fall Music Fest: Vista Jazz Ensemble & Student-Led Combos (MUSIC)

Fall Music Fest 2019
presents the Vista Jazz Ensemble and Student-Led Combos

Directed by Dr. Aaron Prado

Thursday, November 21 at 7:30pm
Palmetto Theatre
Admission - $5

November 25 | A-JAM Auditions (MUSIC)

November 25, 2019 - 5pm
Palmetto Center for the Arts
Rehearsal Hall (PCA 152)
By Appointment Only
Open to All Alamo Colleges Students

A-JAM - Alamo Jazz Allstars Mentoship

Katchie Cartwright, PhD, Program Director / 210-486-4828

Prepare 2 contrasting jazz pieces (of your choice)
Bring 3 copies of your written music
Scales/arpeggios: major and minor, all keys
Sight-reading: chordal (lead sheet), rhythmic, & melodic

Successful completion of basic course in improvisation
Bring transcripts, unofficial are fine

One lucky A-JAM student is invited to the annual meeting of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) to perform with students and professional musicians from all over the world.

Featured in the photograph above is Fernando Muñoz, A-JAM allstar who represented Alamo Colleges at IASJ, Zagreb, Croatia. Read about his journey on the A-JAM blog.

November 25 | Fall Workshop: Recital Preparation Guide for Advanced Singers with Dr. Lee (MUSIC)

Fall Workshop:
Recital Preparation Guide for Advanced Singers with Dr. Lee

Monday, November 25
Recital Hall (PCA 107)

November 27 | NVC Honors Recital (MUSIC)

NVC Honors Recital
Directed by Dr. Minkyung Lee

Wednesday, November 27 at 12:30pm
Recital Hall (PCA 107)

Free and open to the public.

December 2 | Dr. Brou’s Master Class: How to Learn New Repertoire Accurately and Efficiently (MUSIC)

Dr. Brou’s Master Class:
How to Learn New Repertoire Accurately and Efficiently

Monday, December 2 at 12:30pm
Recital Hall (PCA 107)

December 4 | Concert Choir Outdoor Performance (MUSIC)

Concert Choir Outdoor Performance
Wednesday, December 4 at 12:30pm

Location TBA

December 7 | ExtravaDanza (DANCE)

Recital showcasing all Fall 2019 NVC dance classes
Presented by the NVC Dance Program

Performance features ballet, jazz, ballroom, swing, modern and contemporary styles.

Saturday, December 7
Program A at 7:30pm & Program B at 8:30pm
Palmetto Theatre

Each Program $5

December 14 | Vista Dances (DANCE)

Vista Dances
The NVC Repertory Dance Ensemble in Concert
Featuring Choreography by Faculty, Students & Guest Artist

Saturday, December 14 at 8pm
Palmetto Theatre

$5 - ACCD Students / Faculty / Staff
$5 - Students: K-12 & Higher Education
$8 - Senior / Military
$10 - General

About Palmetto 

The Palmetto Center for the Arts opened in 2009 as a product of community leadership, vision and unwavering determination to bring fine and performing arts to the Northwest area of San Antonio. The arts complex offers the finest facility and programs to those who join us in celebrating the arts.

The fine and performing arts programs at Northwest Vista College engage students and enrich their skills needed to give life to creative impulses—on stage, in the studio, and in the concert hall. Our emerging artists interact and learn from community professionals and visiting artists from across the country and abroad. 

Our Goal

We believe that the arts have always been and always will be a meaningful force in human life. Northwest Vista College is dedicated to making the arts a living presence within our neighboring communities. Art lovers who support the development of artists help to enrich the human experience. 

Our goal is to cultivate the imagination and technical skills of artists who will reinvigorate existing works and create new masterpieces that will grip the heart and thrill the mind. We welcome the diversity that sustains our community and empowers our voice through art and artistry. 


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How can I purchase event tickets?

We accept cash and credit cards at the Box office.

ACCD students, faculty and staff enjoy $5.00 Admission.
All students (K-12 and Higher Education) enjoy $5.00 Admission.

Please check the Palmetto Calendar of Events listing for specific ticket sales on each event as the price varies for general admission. Some events have free admission.

Everyone attending a performance must have a ticket for admission into the theatre, including infants. Due to fire safety regulation, strollers are not allowed inside the theatre.

May I bring food and drinks with me to the show?

Food and drinks are not allowed inside the theatres. Occasionally, student or faculty/staff organizations provide or sell concessions in the lobby. We ask that you please refrain from bringing any food or drink inside the theatres. Thank you.

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