The City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture seeks nominations for the position of Poet Laureate for the 2020-2022 term.
The San Antonio Poet Laureate is an honorary position within the City of San Antonio. The primary role of the Poet Laureate is to promote literary arts and literacy within the community and create a greater appreciation of the poetic arts through the reading and writing of poetry. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 31, 2020 at 4 p.m. central time. Nomination form and information are available at www.sanantonio.gov/arts.
The individual selected will serve a two-year term and receive an honorarium of $3,500 per year. The Poet Laureate is expected to generate public interest in the literary arts and pursue the preservation of the art of poetry. The selected individual will participate and make appearances at least one public event annually, such as a poetry reading and/or theatrical performance.
The State of Texas has appointed Poet Laureates since 1932, with San Antonio becoming the first major city in Texas to appoint a Poet Laureate in 2012. Several cities throughout the United States, including San Francisco, Santa Fe and Denver, also have Poet Laureate programs.
“With cities across the country convening in San Antonio this week for the National League of Cities Conference, this is a perfect time to showcase how our city is a leader in arts and culture,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Our Poet Laureate Program is one of many ways our city places significant importance and value on artistic expression in telling the story of our past, present and future.”
The Department of Arts & Culture has supported innovative programs and public events in San Antonio in conjunction with the city’s Poet Laureate including festivals, workshops, readings and more.
In 2018, Octavio Quintanilla was appointed San Antonio Poet Laureate. Since his appointment, Quintanilla hosted and participated in various poetry events – including dozens of poetry readings, keynote speeches, editorial boards and classrooms visits throughout the city.
“It has been an honor to serve as the San Antonio Poet Laureate for 2018-2020,” said Quintanilla. “I have enjoyed working with the diverse poetry communities in city, visiting schools, volunteering in the community, and representing our San Antonio beyond its city limits as one that values poetry.”
More information about the City’s Poet Laureate program is available HERE.
New Mask & Social Distancing Guidelines
Following CDC recommendations, City of San Antonio announces new mask wearing and social distancing policies for staff and clients at City facilities
On May 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced new guidelines for mask wearing and social distancing for people who are fully vaccinated. The CDC’s guidelines indicate the people who are fully vaccinated can resume normal activities without wearing a mask or maintaining six feet of physical distance from others, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including those set by local businesses and workplaces. The CDC also recommends that children who are not fully vaccinated continue to wear a mask. Children under the age of 10 are not required to wear masks inside City facilities.
Beginning on Monday, May 17, 2021, masks and social distancing will be optional for fully vaccinated staff and clients. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second Pfizer and Moderna dose or two weeks after their single Johnson and Johnson dose. The City will also discontinue temperature checks at City facility entrances. However, if a person is experiencing symptoms, they should not enter City facilities.
“I remain committed to ensuring the health and safety of our City staff and our customers,” said City Manager Erik Walsh. “It’s easier than ever to receive a no-cost COVID-19 vaccine. Being able to return to normal activities is just one more incentive to getting vaccinated. Do it for you. Do it for our frontline workers. Do it for San Antonio.”
Over the past several months, COVID-19 indicators have continuously moved in the right direction and currently showing the lowest risk level (“Safe”) for transmission of the coronavirus.
“We know the COVID-19 vaccine is incredibly effective,” said Assistant City Manager Dr. Colleen Bridger. “There are nearly one million residents in Bexar County vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and with the prevalence of the virus low it makes sense to make this change now.
Beginning Monday, June 14, all City departments will resume normal operations with signage that states that unvaccinated people are required to wear masks and that those feeling ill should stay or go home. City facilities will operate at 100% occupancy and with normal operations as deemed appropriate.
How do I obtain a COVID-19 vaccine?
People 12 and up can get vaccinated without an appointment at the Alamodome drive-through clinic from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Only locations providing the Pfizer vaccine can administer it to 12- to 18-year-olds.
Individuals who decide to opt-in to the City of San Antonio’s text alert system, can text VACCINE to 55000 or in Spanish VACUNA to 55000. By signing up they will receive a text notifying them of locations that have appointments available. Opting to this text alert system will not sign you up for a vaccine or add you on a wait list. This is an additional method to inform the community when new appointments are available. At this time notifications will be for the Alamodome, Wonderland of the Americas operated by University Health and WellMed.
For more information, visit covid19.sanantonio.gov.
Pop-up vaccine clinic locations and dates, along with more vaccine information can be found here: https://covid19.sanantonio.gov/What-YOU-Can-Do/Vaccination.
Cooling Centers Now Open
City of San Antonio opens cooling centers ahead of expected high temperatures
Metro Health issues Heat Advisory
SAN ANTONIO (April 7, 2021) The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is advising the community of forecasted high temperatures close to 100 degrees this Thursday and Friday.
The City of San Antonio has opened cooling centers to provide respite from the high temperatures expected on April 8th and 9th. The cooling centers will observe COVID-19 precautions, including mandatory face coverings, screening, sanitation and social distancing guidelines.
“With high temperatures forecasted for Thursday and Friday, please remember that excessive hear can pose a health threat.” says City Manager Erik Walsh. “The City of San Antonio is providing several community centers that follow strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure everyone’s safety. We encourage those who do not have a way to stay cool at home to visit these locations during the day.”
Adults over 65, children under four, and people with pre-existing medical conditions, such as heart disease, and those without access to air conditioning are at highest risk on days with high temperatures.
Drinking plenty of water and protecting oneself from the sun are critical precautions. Additionally, people are encouraged to call and check on their neighbors, friends or family members who may be at high risk and ensure access to heat relief and hydration.
Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are possible health effects. Warning signs of heat stroke include: red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea, confusion or acting strangely. If a child exhibits any of these signs, cool the child rapidly with cool water (not an ice bath) and call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. If you see a child or pet locked in a hot car or in the back of a truck, take action immediately. Take note of the car’s description (including a license plate number) and call 911 or 207-SAPD immediately. If regarding a pet, call Animal Care Services at 311. Per city ordinance, both Police and Animal Care Officers have the right to break a car’s window if a child or animal is endangered inside a vehicle.
Community members can visit the Metro Health or the San Antonio Office of Emergency Management websites for a listing of cooling centers. Residents can also contact the National Weather Service for the most current weather conditions at visit www.weather.gov/sanantonio for current hourly weather.
City of San Antonio Cooling Centers April 8 – 9, 2021
|Site Name||Address||Phone||Zip Code||Days and Times|
|Bazan Library||2200 WEST COMMERCE STREET||210.207.9160||78207||Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Carver Library||3350 COMMERCE STREET EAST||210.207.9180||78220||Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Claude W. Black/Eastside MSC||2805 East Commerce Street||210.207.5233||78202||Thur. – Fri. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Collins Garden Library||200 N PARK BLVD||210.207.9120||78204||Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Copernicus Community Center||5303 LORD RD||210.648.1072||78220||Thur. – Fri. 7:30 am – 7:00 pm|
|Cortez Library||2803 HUNTER BOULEVARD||210.207.9130||78224||Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Frank Garrett Community Center||1226 NW 18th ST||210.207.1700||78207||Thur. – Fri. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Garza Community Center||1450 MIRA VISTA||210.207.7275||78237||Thur. – Fri. 7:30 am – 7:00 pm|
|Hamilton Community Center||10700 NACOGDOCHES RD||210.207.3121||78221||Thur. 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Fri. 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm|
|Harlandale Community Center||7227 BRIAR PLACE||210.207.3090||78221||Thur. 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Fri. 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm|
|Johnston Library||6307 SUN VALLEY DRIVE||210.207.9240||78227||Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Melendrez Community Center||5909 COMMERCE ST||210.434.0277||78237||Thur. 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Fri. 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm|
|Miller’s Pond Community Center||6175 OLD PEARSALL RD||210.623.2900||78242||Thur. 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Fri. 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm|
|Mission Library||3134 ROOSEVELT||210.207.2704||78214||Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Palm Heights Community Center||1201 W MALONE AVE||210.207.3099||78225||Thur. – Fri. 7:30 am – 7:00 pm|
|Pan American Library||1122 WEST PYRON||210.207.9150||78221||Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|San Fernando Homeless Resource Hub||319 W TRAVIS ST||210.207.1799||78205||Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm|
|Schaefer Library||6322 US Hwy 87 E||210.207.9300||78222||Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|South Side Lions Community Center||3100 HIAWATHA ST||210.207.3155||78210||Thur. – Fri. 7:30 am – 7:00 pm|
|Thousand Oaks Library||4618 THOUSAND OAKS||210.207.9190||78233||Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Westfall Library||6111 ROSEDALE||210.207.9220||78201||Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Woodard Community Center||1011 LOCKE ST||210.225.5445||78208||Thur. 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Fri. 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm|
First African-American Cardinal
Pope Francis recently made history by appointing the First African-American Cardinal on Sunday, October 25, 2020. Washington, D. C. Archbishop, Wilton Gregory, was among 13 church leaders who will be elevated to cardinal at a ceremony at the Vatican next month. A distinguished appointment this most certainly is; however, Archbishop Gregory has had few first over his lifetime. Gregory, 72 also made history last year when he became Washington, DC’s first African-American archbishop and the only Black archbishop in the United States. In 2001, he was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and was the first African-American to hold that office.
According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, it is understood that the primary responsibility of a cardinal is to elect a new pope, should he step down or die. Cardinals wear scarlet vestments to symbolize the blood that a cardinal is willing to shed for his faith.
The ceremony to install the new cardinals will take place on November 28th.