2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND END OF YEAR APPEAL FROM HABITABLE SPACES!
2021 has been a year full of transformation and progress for Habitable Spaces. We started the year off with a visit from Ken Madore and Cat Glennon, two talented artists who collaborated to create an amazing stained-glass mural in our shower house. They were interviewed by Tripp for his multimedia podcast series about Habitable Spaces. The series, Tripping With Tripp covers many of the artists, events and characters in and around Habitable Spaces, Kingsbury and Central Texas. The series started in March of 2020 under quarantine and ended in June of 2021 with a look back on the pandemic, the year and the accomplishments of Habitable Spaces.
In March, we started hosting full moon dinners. Taking place on the full moon of each month, these dinners are a perfect opportunity for artists and members of the community to reflect on where they are, plan for the future, and network.
In June, artist Wanda Raimundi Ortiz came out to complete a beautiful mural on one of our habitable spaces. The trip co-incited with this year’s Summer Film Festival.
This year we were honored to have Rigoberto Luna as our Summer Film Fest curator. Rigoberto Luna is the Co-founder and Director of the Presa House Gallery in San Antonio, TX. Luna has developed numerous exhibitions with a heavy focus on Latinx artists of Central and South Texas. He curated an amazing lineup of artist’s short videos including artists Francis Almendárez, Virginia Lee Montgomery, and Robert Melton. We opened our new venture, the Kingsbury Supper Club for the occasion, and served house made cheese, pickles and prosciutto in our newly built shop and maker space.
On November 13th, Habitable Spaces joined with the city of Kingsbury to host its 10th annual Fall Harvest Festival in historic downtown Kingsbury, Texas. The Fall Harvest Festival is a free one-day celebration including live music and dancing, a bustling farmer's market, local vendors and artisans, a hay-dive, dessert competition, a trading post and interactive workshops by the Guadalupe County Master Gardeners, 4 H, The Central Texas Mycological Society, and much more. In honor of our 10th anniversary, we commandeered the exquisite talents of Progressive Country star from San Antone, Garrett T Capps. He put on an amazing show that lit up the downtown of Kingsbury with revelry and dancing.
Immediately following the Fall Harvest Festival, we launched Utopia School. The school is the brainchild of former resident artist Jamie Iglehart - This free skill share school was our most ambitious project to date, with over 54 classes being offered by 22 different artists, makers, scholars and activists. The school took place at Habitable Spaces on Sunday, November 14th through Saturday, November 20th.
This year has brought us so much to be thankful for at Habitable Spaces, from our talented artists in residence to our spectacular Summer Film Festival, 10th Annual Fall Harvest Festival and the success of our week-long Utopia School to Thanksgiving with friends, family, and community. If you like what we are doing and want to see more of this kind of programming, please consider donating to further us on our mission of community building, art enrichment and sustainable practices.