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San Antonio Unveils Museum Reach with Down by the River

From Press Release

As summer gets into full swing, the San Antonio River Foundation has announced a partnership with the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) for “Down by the River,” a family event that will celebrate a segment of the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River Improvements Project. The event, which is part of SAMA’s “First Sundays for Families” series, will take place on the grounds of SAMA on Sunday June 7, 2009 from 12pm to 5 p.m.

“Part of the San Antonio River Foundation’s mission is to bring grass-roots learning opportunities to the San Antonio community that includes art and environmental outreach through our membership program, Rio Vivo,” said Kim Abernethy, Executive Director of the San Antonio River Foundation. “It is wonderful to work with SAMA to fulfill opportunities that enrich cultural learning with families in the area.”

The river extension event is open to the public and will give visitors a first opportunity to visit the River Landing opening of the San Antonio Museum of Art. Children’s art activities led by local artists will center on water inspiration and include salt and watercolor painting; Gyotaku (Japanese fish printing); self-portraits; sketching on the banks of the river; landscape painting and collaborative sculpture using found objects. Live music by Azul will provide a festive spirit to the event.

To extend the event to San Antonio’s underserved children, the Harvey Najim Family Foundation is underwriting the cost of hosting 200 children from several community service organizations to the grounds of SAMA from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Food and refreshments will be provided. Culligan will provide bottled water for the event. There will also be a t-shirt incentive for those who sign up for membership of both SAMA and the River Foundation’s member organization, Rio Vivo ( Admission to the June 7 event for adults is $8; children 12 and under are FREE.

About SAMA

The San Antonio Museum of Art, housed in the historic Lone Star brewery and located at the heart of the new “Museum Reach” of San Antonio’s celebrated River Walk, maintains a collection of more than 25,000 objects representing more than 5,000 years of history and cultures from around the world. The mission of the San Antonio Museum of Art is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret significant works of art representing a broad range of history and world cultures. In accordance with the highest professional standards, the Museum holds these collections for the benefit of the community and future generations. It is SAMA’s responsibility to engage diverse audiences, provide transformational experiences, strengthen our shared understanding of humanity and encourage a sense of wonder and discovery.

About San Antonio River Foundation

The San Antonio River Foundation was established by the San Antonio River Authority in 2003, as a non-profit 501.c.3 organization. It conducts its fundraising in the private sector; and all contributions are used to enhance the beauty and viability of the San Antonio River. The mission of the River Foundation is to secure community involvement and financial resources to enhance the natural beauty, recreational use, and public appreciation of the entire San Antonio River and its tributaries in Bexar, Wilson, Karnes and Goliad counties. As part of the San Antonio River Improvements Project, the River Foundation is creating a beautiful hike-and-bike trail, gateways to historic missions, recreational facilities, water features, neighborhood parks and overlooks, public art, lighted bridges, and more.

About the San Antonio River Improvements Project

The San Antonio River Improvements Project (SARIP) is a public/private partnership with the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, the San Antonio River Authority and the San Antonio River Foundation.

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