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Defining Moments: A UTSA Art Collaborative Event (Open to the Public)

November 19, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Joins us for the “Defining Moments” Arts Collaboration Showcase in the UTSA Buena Vista Theater at the Downtown Campus on Friday, November 19th, 2021 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

“Defining Moments” is a UTSA interdisciplinary arts project that sheds light on the accounts of students in the midst of an unprecedented time. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, more than 500 University of Texas-San Antonio students across six academic disciplines were invited to participate in a collaborative art project to grapple with and address the impact of COVID-19 on their lives and on the lives of those they love. The purpose of the project was to promote unity and support amongst University of Texas-San Antonio students and faculty during a time of social distancing and uncertainty. Students gained insight into the experiences of others, reflected on their own experiences, and created artistic responses. For this endeavor, students worked with university faculty in the disciplines of History, English, Art, Music, Dance, and Architecture to turn their reflections into creative and expressive works. In a cascading fashion, the project began with students in History who created journal entries documenting and reflecting on the historical significance of the moment. English classes then took the journal entries and transformed them into poems and short written pieces. Music composition majors worked to use the literary passages as inspiration to create original compositions, while the same texts fueled artistic products produced by art majors. Dance students transformed the reflections, poems, music, and art compositions into movement. Architecture students designed a space for students to virtually exhibit their creations, with plans for a physical exhibition space. This process of networking, collaboration, and artistic creation was done using the backdrop of the pandemic, which shifted from being the problem to the inspiration.

On Friday, November 19th, 2021 at 7 pm, the University of Texas-San Antonio will showcase this project to the greater San Antonio community in the form of a physical showcase to both amplify the voices of those in the community impacted by the pandemic. Overall, this showcase is designed to utilize the voices of the community in a creative way to change perspectives and incite a positive transformation.


UTSA Buena Vista Theater
501 W. César Chávez Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78207 United States
(210) 458-2336
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UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts
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