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The Friends of Carver Library is requesting sponsors for the 2nd Annual San Antonio African American Book Festival!
Is your business or organization interested in being an official sponsor for the 2nd Annual San Antonio African American Book Festival?
Due to the social distancing requirements of COVID, this year’s event will be presented virtually on February 20, 2021. In return for your generous donation, we will run your commercial ad during the event, list you as an official sponsor in the promo-tion of the event and share your information with our community via social media.
The cost of sponsorship is $150, which will be collected via Square invoice is due no later than December 31, 2020. The Friends of the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) is a non-profit organization and 501c3 Donation Receipts will be provided upon request for tax purposes.
If you would like to be a 2nd Annual San Antonio African American Book Festival sponsor, please click the following link to complete the Sponsorship form (https://form.jotform.com/ 201926997044161) to provide the required information:
• Your business/organization name
• Your official logo (please provide in PDF or JPEG image)
• Your contact information (including links to website or social media page)
• A brief description of your products/services (business) or mission/purpose (organization)
Once your ad has been approved, a Square invoice will be emailed to the contact person listed on your Sponsorship Form.
If you have any questions, please email The Friends of Carver Library at email@example.com.
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Meetings start at 2 p.m. on Zoom until further notice
2020 Arts & Letters Recipients Announced!
John Costello, Chairman
The Friends of the San Antonio Public Library proudly announce this year’s recipients of the 2020 Arts and Letters Awards.
Congratulations to Andrea Sanderson, Dr. Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, and Terry Ybáñez.
This year’s winners represent both the written and spoken word, music, art, and education.
The 2020 City of San Antonio Poet Laureate, Andrea Sanderson impacts San Antonio on several levels through not only her poetry and music, but her commitment to youth. Known onstage as Vocab, Sanderson has been a spoken word artist since 2001. She infuses her work with complex rhyme schemes and inspirational text originating in her gospel and hip hop roots. Encouraged to get books from the library, the young Sanderson discovered words were her calling. In addition to her impact on San Antonio through her poetry and music, Sanderson is committed to youth having established organizations to mentor and foster poetry and writing.
Beginning in the 1970s, Dr. Tomás Ybarra-Frausto has been a leader in the area of Chicano art, influencing generations of scholars. His leadership and scholarship span local, national, and international concerns, ranging from promoting the unique architectural style of San Antonio’s Westside to developing the Fidecomiso Para La Cultura Mexico-Estados Unidos (The U.S. Mexico Fund for Culture) while at the Rockefeller Foundation. This Fund supports artists and scholars while encouraging reciprocal knowledge-sharing between the two countries. Dr. Ybarra-Frausto has been actively involved with the SAPL donating thousands of volumes to the Latino Collection. The Texana & Genealogy departments have received his collection of personal clippings highlighting the contributions of San Antonio’s Chicanx community. Beyond donating these valuable works to the Library, Dr. Ybarra-Frausto shares his time and knowledge advising and collaborating with the staff for these collections. This year, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will premiere ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965-Now, comprised of prints donated by Dr. Ybarra-Frausto.
In addition to being a noted artist and illustrator, Terry Ybáñez has been an educator for over 35 years, a community leader, and an advocate for the arts. Working primarily as a still life artist, her works have been exhibited locally and around the world. Ybáñez has also collaborated with Sandra Cisneros and Carmen Tafolla illustrating children’s books. During her career as an art teacher in the public school system, Ybáñez mentored thousands of young artists, broadening their education through tours to Europe. Despite her busy career, she has been a leader in numerous organizations, including the Friends of Mission Library, Mission San José Neighborhood Association, and the Make-n-Take events sponsored by the World Heritage Office. Promoting the arts and artists is also a passion of Ybáñez, serving on the boards of Blue Star, Say Si!, Jump Start Theater, and the City of San Antonio Cultural Arts Board.
Congratulations again to these outstanding citizens for their remarkable contributions!
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