Tricentennial Commission asks nonprofits to partner with SA 300

Deadline to apply is Nov. 1

By Stephanie Serna - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio's 300th birthday is almost here and the city wants you in on the celebration.

The deadline for nonprofits to partner with the Tricentennial Commission is Nov. 1.

One of those nonprofits participating, the Children's Ballet of San Antonio, is already under that tricentennial umbrella.

"We're extremely proud to be a partner of the tricentennial celebration," said Vanessa Bessler, Children's Ballet of San Antonio’s artistic director. "This is the 300th birthday of the city, and the children are excited because the city is recognizing the value of the art, especially the ballet."

The Children's Ballet of San Antonio is a nonprofit that showcases hardworking dancers from ages 3 to 19.

"This is not just about dance," Bessler said. "The dancers acquire fitness in life, acquire stamina, stage presence and tremendous self-confidence and develop as a person."

The ballet company is getting ready for the first major production of the 2016-2017 season, "The Children's Nutcracker."

The production is scheduled for Nov. 17-18 at the Scottish Rite Theater.

Edward Benavides, CEO of the city's Tricentennial Commission, said there are about a hundred nonprofits partnered with the commission, and after the final deadline in November, he said they hope to sanction 100 more before the end of the year.

"We really want to make a concerted effort to organizations to really think about what is it they want to share, what they do, what they share with the community," Benavides said. "How do we highlight this anniversary year in 2018?"

Benavides said the Tricentennial Commission is looking for the entire San Antonio community to get involved from an art and cultural perspective and also just to celebrate the heritage in the city over the last 300 years.

Nonprofits can apply for partnership here

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