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Audience Location:

The Blue Hole at Headwaters Sanctuary, by the George Brackenridge Villa, Incarnate Word Campus, 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209

Date and Time:

June 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM CDT

Water Locale:

Headwaters of the San Antonio River


Catherine Cisneros and George Cisneros are co-founders of URBAN-15 group, famous for their dance in Fiesta and other innovative arts. The company has danced at international festivals and in the inauguration parades of US presidents. Catherine Artistic Director and an established dancer, drummer, and visual artist and the recipient of several awards for her creative work. George serves as the Music and Media Director. He is a composer and technology artist and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship Recipient in experimental genres. He is a long-time proponent of experimental and community-based artworks. He maintains a multimedia production studio, VuTure Arts, and has exhibited his electronic sound and projection works throughout the country.

History of Site and Related Water Issues:

The gathering is by the Blue Hole, source of the San Antonio River, the heart of the Headwaters Sanctuary preserved by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Headwaters at Incarnate Word promotes science, sustainability, and sanctuary for all. This 53-acre sanctuary offers a space for reflection and environmental education for people of all ages. Repeatedly the springs dry up and droughts are an on-going challenge in south Texas. The Incarnate Word Sisters have issued a statement in support of the Paris Climate Agreement and invite all to this gathering to affirm our united efforts for environmental justice though words, music, and dance. Creativity is urgently needed, locally and globally, in the face of environmental destruction. The University of the Incarnate Word Office of Sustainability co-sponsors this event with Headwaters and the Incarnate Word Sisters. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the hill below the Brackenridge Villa.


Music under the direction of George Cisneros.

The Performance:

Nine dancers and six musicians of URBAN-15 performed. Sister Martha Ann Kirk, Chair of the Incarnate Word Sisters International Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Committee led the gathering and proclaim the Sisters’ Statement for Sustainability in Solidarity with the Paris Climate Agreement. Alyssa Cook introduced Headwaters’ mission and history and speak on water quality and conservation in San Antonio.
Musicians: George Cisneros, Jonathan Anderson, Steve Austad, Marisol Cortez, Bertha Franklin, Gwendolyn Fuller, Pat Wathen.
Dancers: Catherine Cisneros, Deirdre Lacour, Yvonne Fernandez, Julie Gossell, Beckie Kretzer, Peggy Leff, Gizelle Luevano, Sylvia Maldonado, Ysleta Northam, Elva Salinas, Karen Baker, Emily Willeford.

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Environmental Impact:

The co-sponsoring groups continue to unite with local, national, and international groups for education and advocacy around water and other ecological issues.

Directions to the Site of Performance:

Enter the Incarnate Word Campus, 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, TX,78209 and go towards the George Brackenridge Villa #8 on this campus map on the west side of that walk down towards #30 where you will see the sand volley ball court next to the Blue Hole

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How can I get involved?

“You won’t save what you don’t love.” Explore the beautiful Headwaters Nature Sanctuary and the many mile paths along the San Antonio River all the way to Espada Mission at the south end. Work to save this beauty and to save water.

Local Website:

Headwaters at Incarnate Word

Other resources and links:

* The Urban-15 Group
* The Incarnate Word Sisters’ statement in support of the Paris Climate Agreement
* Sustainability at the University of the Incarnate Word
* Incarnate Word Sisters Environmental Resources

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