On Thursday, SACIV briefly welcomed a group of international visitors from Kazakhstan for their one-day sojourn to San Antonio. The group had been learning about content development in Austin as part of their IVLP program on “Digital Media: Promoting and Monetizing Local Content.” They took a break from Austin to see what San Antonio had to offer in this growing field.
Upon arriving in San Antonio, the six visitors and their interpreters had some time to visit Mission San Jose and see what a real Spanish mission would have looked like as far back as three hundred years ago.
After seeing some of the cultural appeal of the city, they met with the local professional resources. The first stop was at URBAN-15. URBAN-15 is a cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary arts group which works to support emerging artists in San Antonio especially those pioneering the use of digital media to tell their stories. At their one-of-a-kind production studio, the visitors learned about their Josiah Media Festival and the unique forms of digital art presented through the festival each year while also seeing the behind-the-scenes works that goes into collecting, screening, and sharing these pieces.
They also had the chance to meet with Mr. Sho Nakpodia of TheMightyGroup and Dreamweek San Antonio. TheMightyGroup, as a digital marketing agency, has learned a lot about creating content for online spaces. However, they also seek to use this knowledge to improve their local community. Mr. Nakpodia has championed the 12 day summit of Dreamweek as a way to advance tolerance, equality, and diversity through social media and next generation engagement platforms. Visitors were struck by his commitment to using digital media to share as many different voices as possible.
Though their time in San Antonio has very short, the group really appreciated their appointments illustrating how to use creative industries for economic and social development, promote youth engagement online, and establish partnerships in the arts.