Founding Members of San Angelo Performing Arts Coalition
Angelo Civic Theatre
- The mission of Angelo Civic Theatre is to culturally enrich, educate, and entertain through the art of theatre and theatrical performance and to encourage community participation in all aspects thereof.
One of the art world's most enduring elements--theatre--derives its capacity for survival and success from the will of the people and the community it serves. Perhaps that is why Angelo Civic Theatre's rich history is such a vivid testament to San Angelo's artistic spirit.
Angelo Civic Theatre traces its developmental roots from a dramatic society that was formed on November 21, 1885, and whose first project was initiated to secure funds for a town clock. Although vacillating economic times and two world wars suspended the artistic efforts of the community on a number of occasions, theatrical productions continued.
In 1950, upon the creation of the San Angelo Civic Theatre, a sustainable form of theatre was realized. In 1980, the theatre's Board of Directors raised the funds necessary to purchase and renovate the Parkway Theatre into a 230-seat theatre that continues as the Theatre's current home.
Ballet San Angelo - To foster creativity, self-esteem, and discipline, through dance, while encouraging participants toward joy in their art. To help people reach their full potential in dance. To reduce barriers to involvement in the art of dance. To serve our area by providing training and productions of the highest possible quality for the health and artistic welfare of the community.
Ballet San Angelo (BSA) (formerly San Angelo Civic Ballet) is a non-profit organization that strives to offer San Angelo the highest level of dance education. BSA is divided into three parts 1) The School which both offers a Children’s Division with classes for ages 17 months+ that includes Toddler & Me, Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop classes and an Academy Division for ages 6+, with a structured classical syllabus beginning with level 1A and progressing through the pre-professional level. 2) Our Fitness program which offers memberships and drop in classes for adults and teens who are looking for fitness and recreational dance instruction. Our fitness program includes a Pilates Studio, furnished with state of the art equipment, that offers private, semi-private and group classes and pricing. 3) Performance Season. The Ballet offers five regular season productions consisting of a Fall show, Nutcracker, a spring children’s ballet, a May show and an end of year student showcase. Our season offers our students the opportunity to train through performance and gives them a chance to work with additional choreographers and more advanced kinds of movement. It also provides high quality artistic entertainment for our community and the surrounding area.
San Angelo Symphony - The San Angelo Symphony was founded in 1949 under the direction of Dr. Eric Sorantin. The orchestra currently performs under the direction of Maestro Hector Guzman, who acts as music director for a number of symphonies in Texas and Mexico. True to its mission of "promoting the highest caliber music programming with an emphasis on symphonic music...," the Symphony produces eight concerts annualy including a Christmas and Family Pops concert (the July 3rd Family Pops is the fourth largest event of its type in Texas, reaching more than 40,000 people with equal measures of fine music and heart-felt patriotism). Another facet of its mission is diverse music education. Each year, the Symphony holds a Youth Concert, inviting third-fifth grade students to attend this free event. Music teachers are provided with the music and a curriculum in advance, so the students can make the most of this experience. The Art to Music program uses music to inspire elementary students to create visual art, which is then showcased at one of the Symphony performances.
San Angelo Cultural Affairs Council - To Enhance the arts and culture of San Angelo and the Concho Valley.
In 1978, a group of citizens interested in fostering the arts in San Angelo formed the Concho Valley Arts Council. It was incorporated that same year, under the leadership of its first president J. Willis Johnson. In 1985, the group changed its name to the San Angelo Cutural Affairs Council. The group works closely with the core arts organizations, the City of San Angelo, the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, and the San Angelo Convention and Visitor's Bureau to promote the Arts in the Concho Valley.
The Council has partnered with the City of San Angelo since 1989 to provide subgrants to local arts organizations with the City's HOT Revenue. The Council also provides grants through funds provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts and through funds raised by the Council in annual fundraising events.
The San Angelo Cultural Affairs Council sponsors the longest running wine festival in Texas, the San Angelo Wine and Food Festival in its 31st year, and has provided quality musical performances to Concho Valley Residents for over 20 years through the Cactus Music Series. The Council partners with Downtown San Angelo, Inc. to sponsor the monthly Art Walk and with local schools, Region XV Education Service Center, and the Tom Green County Library to provide educational programming.
Local Arts Organizations
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
- The mission of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts shall be to establish and maintain a museum in order to house and exhibit a permanent collection of art as well as to provide space for traveling exhibitions, for the purpose of the enjoyment and education of the general public in San Angelo, Texas, the rural communities of the Concho Valley, and the state of Texas.
Be Theatre - Be Theatre provides an enriching environment of entertainment and education that develops the artist and patrons in mind and spirit. The primary focus of education is the process rather than the product. Through the process of theatre arts, valuable life lessons are learned such as tolerance, communication, problem-solving skills, cooperation, respect for one's self and others, humility, and compassion. Through performance and the creative spirit, artists are encouraged to maintain an open mind, speak from the heart and share talents that will inspire the community and self.
San Angelo Broadway Academy - The San Angelo Broadway Academy Youth Theatre is a non profit educational performing arts facility that cultivates the minds of students with positive social and self awareness, stimulates imaginations, and gives them the tools they need to reach for their goals and dreams. The academy provides a professional and high level of education to children and youth in theatre arts, dance, and vocal performance by trained professionals in a positive environment.