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)

William Keith Exhibit

October 28 – December 14, 2019

William Keith’s work is based on his overriding belief in Christianity and how it affects his Art. The title of the show derives from three factors. His inspiration comes from the beauty God has bestowed upon this earth. Intelligence stems from having benefited by an educated understanding of the complexities of Art. Design is what he uses as his primary visual component. William Keith has been a full-time Art Professor at Northwest Vista College for 17 years.

Gallery Talks will be held in the Palmetto Center for the Arts Gallery between 12:30pm and 1:30pm:

- Monday, November 4
- Tuesday, November 5
- Wednesday, November 6
- Thursday, November 7

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


Dr. Lee is hosting and serving as a judge for TTCCDA Region V All-State Choir Audition on campus this year. Eight voice students from the music department at Northwest Vista College have been selected to compete at the Texas Two-Year College All-State Choir Audition on November 1st, 2019. NVC singers will be preparing to compete with singers from following schools: Del Mar College, Wharton County Junior College, Coastal Bend College, Laredo Junior College, Palo Alto College, and St. Phillips College, San Antonio College, and Victoria College. A guest conductor, Dr. Eugene Rogers from the University of Michigan will lead TTCCDA All-State Choir during TMEA annual convention in San Antonio in February 2020.

November 7 | Cosmic Art Night (ART)

Cosmic Art Night

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 11 | Dr. Lee’s Master Class (MUSIC)

Voice workshop

Dr. Lee’s Master Class:

NVC Honors Recital Solos and Ensemble Dress Rehearsal

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

Dr. Minkyung Lee will be conducting a master class of selected outstanding singers who will be working on their solos and ensembles for both NVC Honors Recital in Classical division and Solo Performances for Concert Choir.

November 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24 | Man of the Flesh by Octavio Solis (DRAMA)

NVC Drama Man of the Flesh

NVC Drama Program presents

Man of the Flesh by Octavio Solis
Directed by Mellissa Marlowe

Man of the Flesh is a modern comic adaptation of the first Don Juan play, The Trickster of Seville. Juan is dispatched by his father, who owns Pronto Lawn and Garden, to work off his sins of the flesh. But at the Downey estate, on the eve of Day of the Dead, he meets the love of his life. But contrary to all the women before her, Anna Downey spurns him. He is determined to declare his love to her, even if he has to seduce all the women of the house to get near her.

"This play contains adult language and content. It is recommended for those 17 and over."

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

NVC students enjoy 2-for-1 student tickets on opening night.


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

Fall Music Fest

November 19 | Canciones de Esperanza - NVC Faculty Recital (MUSIC)

NVC Faculty and Guest Artist Recital

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

Canciones de Esperanza
Dr. Aaron Prado with Special Guest Azul

Dr. Aaron Prado welcomes vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Azul Barrientos to Northwest Vista for an evening of original music. Canciones de Esperanza is a collection of songs written and performed by Prado and Azul for the longstanding "Noche Azul" series at the Esperanza Center for Peace and Justice. Together with bassist George Prado and percussionist Nina Rodriguez, Prado and Azul will present an intimate concert of musical moods and styles from a wide array of Spanish-speaking cultures.

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.

NVC Concert Choir shares heartwarming companionship through colorful harmony and captivating tunes. The opening message, “In every heart, there is a place that shows us who we are,” presents the inner voice of great emotion and strength. Let your friend Stand in the Light! My Companionship stands with Truly Brave’s way of showing true color and comforting people in need. NVC Singers believe that We are the Voice harmonize true friendship that is offered in the Light of a Clear Blue Morning. The audience will truly enjoy wonderful vocals of Pentatonix’s Take Me Home, re-created by choir in a cappella, and a fantastic finale with You’ll Never Walk Alone with Climb Ev’ry Mountain. Christmas sing-along carols, an audience favorite, will close the performance under Dr. Lee’s baton.

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

Fall Music Fest

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

Fall Music Fest

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 All-stars Mentorship

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 all star 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)

Voice workshop
Fall 2019 Voice Workshop:
Recital Preparation Guide for Advanced Singers with Dr. Lee

Monday, November 25
Recital Hall (PCA 107)

Dr. Lee will help selected advanced singers to define their skills with enhancing stage manners for their solos and ensembles for both NVC Honors Recital and their upcoming audition preparation.

November 27 | NVC Honors Recital (MUSIC)
NVC Honors Recital - Voice event

Directed by Dr. Minkyung Lee

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


Alyssa Garza, Soprano
Kristin DeGennaro, Soprano
Lorena Del Angel, Soprano
Thalia Moreno, Mezzo-Soprano
Sabrina Martinez, Mezzo-Soprano
Luis Gonzalez, Baritone
Antonio Zubillaga, Baritone
Benjamin Telford, Baritone

Dr. Minkyung Lee is excited to host the NVC Honors Recital for students who are selected because they have gone above and beyond in their studies for this special recital showcase. NVC Octet for Two-Year College All-State Choir will be joining this concert with a powerful lineup of solos and ensembles by acclaimed composers including Michael Head, Johannes Brahms, Ricky Ian Gordon, Antonio Vivaldi, W. A. Mozart and more.

Free and open to the public.

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

Voice workshop

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

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

A guest lecturer, Dr. Melinda Brou, is an Associate Professor of Voice and Opera at Texas A&M Kingsville. She serves as director of the TAMUK Opera Workshop and the Audition Chair for the Texoma Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In this lecture, she will walk NVC singers through the steps by learning a short piece in a foreign language with understanding of the meaning and full diction to teach them how to learn new repertoire accurately and efficiently.

December 4 | Concert Choir Outdoor Performance (MUSIC)

Concert Choir Outdoor Performance
Wednesday, December 4 at 12:30pm
CCC Patio (by the lake)

Come and enjoy the final concert of the year with NVC Concert Choir’s Outdoor Performance! Vista’s exciting Concert Choir present fantastic selection for choir music with heartwarming lyrics, colorful harmony, and captivating tunes such as Stand in the Light, Truly Brave, We are the Voice, My Companionship, Pentatonix’s Take Me Home, and great finale with You’ll Never Walk Alone with Climb Ev’ry Mountain. 

December 7 | ExtravaDanza (DANCE)

ExtravaDanza fall 2019


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
Palmetto Theatre


December 14 | Vista Dances (DANCE)

Vista Dances date save
Vista Dances features original choreography by Faculty & Students. The NVC Repertory Dance Ensemble will perform original work by Fall 2019 Dance Artist-in-Residence Jaiquan Laurencin.

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. 


 Campus Map : Location of Palmetto Center for the Arts


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We accept cash and credit cards at the Box office.

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

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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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