The King William Association Charter was submitted to the State of Texas on July 28, 1967. The purpose of a charter is to proclaim an organization’s purpose and intent. Seven purposes are listed in the King William Charter. This article is about the sixth purpose.

6. In further pursuance of this purpose, the corporation shall plan, promote, and conduct activities and special events designed to attract people to the King William Area for educational and cultural pursuits and to promote the arts and crafts.

In 2010, the KWA Board approved the creation of a Public Arts Committee to encourage endeavors supporting the charter in promoting arts and crafts. This resulted in KWA applying for and receiving the first Cultural Arts District designation in San Antonio from the Texas Commission on the Arts. This was recognized by a Downtown’s BEST award from the Downtown Alliance. Other regularly scheduled cultural pursuits include the summer concerts in the park and artist’s shows at the KWA office. To celebrate Preservation Month this past May, the KWA and the San Antonio Conservation Society hosted a guest lecture by faux bois artists Donald Tucker and Carlos Cortes. We received positive feedback on the lecture and are working to offer more such events in our neighborhood. Let us know what topics of conversation about art, craft, architecture and historic preservation you would like to attend or to be highlighted in our newsletter.

- Cherise Bell