SAY Sí began as a program under the umbrella of the King William Neighborhood Association in a space at the Blue Star Arts Complex [a large warehouse arts district south of downtown San Antonio]. Classes began in February of 1994 with 12 students from one high school, with studio sessions held three days a week. Since that time, SAY Sí has steadily grown to include over 185 students from over 70 schools in its programs, with studio sessions held 5 days a week. Additionally, thousands of youth throughout Bexar County participate in SAY Sí’s outreach program, ABC [Artists Building Communities].
Our year-round, tuition-free programs serve students from every city council district in San Antonio.
SAY Sí Central
What was once built to house barrels and cases of beer is now filled with enthusiastic young minds developing their artistic, educational, and entrepreneurial goals. SAY Sí Central opened in an old 26,000 square foot converted warehouse originally built as a JAX brewery distribution site, and is now teaming with activity and bursting with new talent.
The Building Campaign that began the transformation was three years in the making and thanks to many generous sponsors and an abundance of donated services the art center was completed for only 2.3 million dollars. Our current spaces [designed by program founder and San Antonio’s Insite Architect’s principal architect, Mike Schroeder] take advantage of industrial ceiling heights and a contemporary openness that work with an eye towards a simple utilization of materials. Innovation in design provides both students and visitors alike a new inspired landmark in the heart of the Blue Star/Southtown arts district in San Antonio. In 2012 SAY SI embarked on the final phase of the facility transformation, constructing middle school program spaces in the undeveloped 6,000 square feet of underutilized storage space. Programming is set to begin in the Spring of 2013.