Mermaid Society's Art and Culture symposium will focus on the impact of the arts in San Marcos, economically, educationally, and on the greater community.
Panel I (6:00 to 7:00): “The Impact of the Arts on The San Marcos Economy”
Lisa Prewitt, Moderator
1. Brian Sullivan – Associate General Counsel Texas Hotel and Lodging Association
2. Anne Graham – Executive Director of Texans for the Arts
3. Dr. John Fleming – Dean of Fine Arts & Communications at Texas State University
4. Kevin Burke – Director of Economics Development for the City of San Marcos
5. John Lairson – General Manager of Tanger Outlets
Panel II (7:00 to 8:00pm): “The Impact of the Arts in Education”
Chris Cooper, Moderator
1. Chris Cooper – Visual Arts Department Chair for San Marcos High School
2. Terri Hendrix – Singer, Songwriter, Executive Director of Own Your Own Universe
3. Christopher Hanson – SMHS Orchestra Dir., SMART Orchestra Founder & Artistic Dir.
4. John Lopez – Coordinator of Latin Music Studies at Texas State University
Panel III (8:00 to 9:00pm): “The Arts in San Marcos- Growth and Challenges”
Samantha Armbruster, Moderator
1. Kevin Huffaker – 218 CO-OP Gallery
2. Scott Gregson – City of San Marcos Councilman and Local Property Owner
3. Carmen Fritz – Owner of The Good Stuff Community Store
4. Carlos Russo – Owner of Aquabrew Restaurant and Brewery
5. Michelle Hagerty – Arts Coordinator for the City of San Marcos
Title Sponsor of SMTX Mermaid SPLASH: Chuck Nash Auto Group
Symposium Committee: Christopher Hanson, Erin Hanson, Tracy Weinberg, Diann McCabe.
Honoree for the Arts: Linda Kelsey-Jones
The Mermaid Society is pleased to recognize Linda Kelsey-Jones as an Arts Honoree for her contributions to the vitality of the arts in San Marcos. For many years, it was almost certain that any event in the community in which art had a part – exhibits, art classes, displays – that Linda Kelsey-Jones was involved in some capacity. Even now, with an explosion in the visual arts in San Marcos, she remains involved in numerous projects and activities. A sampling of the many roles she has filled in San Marcos include:
• Founder and curator of the Walkers’ Gallery at the San Marcos Activity Center, a role she has held since it opened 20 years ago.
• Lecturer in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University, where she helps train future art educators.
• Founder of Art Space, which offers art classes for youth after-school and during the summer, which art education majors help teach. Populations include adjudicated youth from the local shelter, and children from the Boys and Girls Club. Art Space is currently housed at Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos.
• Founder of the San Marcos Area Arts Council, whose mission is to encourage, support and promote the arts, specifically through programs such as Arts in Public Places, Arts in the Community, and Arts in Education.
• Founder of Youth Art Month in San Marcos.
• Member of the Board of Directors for the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, and curator of art exhibits at the facility.
• Member of the Board of Directors for the Calaboose African-American History Museum, and curator of art exhibits at the museum.
• Taught Kids Kollege, a summer art camp, for many years. This included the production of more than 200 4’x4’ panels painted by local children, which were hung on a long fence at a construction site at Texas State University for more than a year.
• Original organizer of the LBJ/MLK Crossroads Memorial beginning in 2002 and culminating in the dedication of the memorial in 2014.
• Original curator of the Gallery of the Common Experience at Texas State University. In that capacity, she spearheaded major efforts to bring to campus and the community numerous national and international exhibits.
• Helped in the establishment of the first Texas State University Eddie Durham Festival and served as lead organizer for three community-based Eddie Durham Festivals, sponsored by the Calaboose.
• Co-chaired Youth Festival with the Greater San Marcos Youth Council. With Texas State students and area artist facilitators, organized at least two dozen experiences in the visual, musical and performing arts for young people.
While best known for her community involvement in the arts, Ms. Kelsey-Jones is also an outstanding artist in her own right – a photographer, painter, photo-collage artist, and much, much more. The Mermaid Society is pleased to honor Linda Kelsey-Jones for her years of creativity, dedication, and service to the community.