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A Proposed Art Colony for Christoval, Texas

A Proposed Art Colony for Christoval, Texas

A vision for revitalization and economic development

Project Sponsor: UTSA Institute for Economic Development, Rural Business Program
Collaborators: Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research – College of Architecture, Construction and Planning – The University of Texas at San Antonio
Completed: July 2015

This report by the Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research (CURPR) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) presents a Vision Plan for developing a permanent art colony in Christoval, Texas, a town on the Concho River which was a location for one of the first art colonies in Texas.

In 1921, Mollie Crowther, a painter and community leader from San Angelo, Texas founded the Texas Art Colony. She envisioned an organized gathering of artists in a setting that was conducive to the creation of art. In 1922, a dozen artists were attracted to Christoval because of its natural beauty in the surrounding hilly terrain, vegetation, and river. The Colony occupied buildings owned by a Baptist Camp along the Concho River and continued to operate through the 1920s.

This study was initiated by the Rural Business Program (RBP), a part of the South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center (SWTSBDC) which is hosted by the Institute for Economic development (IED) at UTSA. To develop the study RBP contracted with CURPR in the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning at UTSA.

Several recommendations are made to encourage development of an Art Colony in Christoval:

  • Develop a Center for the Arts that can serve as a catalyst and guiding force for arts development;
  • Develop an annual Arts and Culture Festival
  • Promote economic growth via small business art development and local entrepreneurship; and
  • Attract new private-sector investment to Christoval.

The Arts Vision Plan will also assist Christoval with the enhancement and development of Main Street and lay the foundation for future long-term growth.