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The San Marcos Arts Commission will host the San Marcos Arts Advocacy Reception 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at the The Price Center, 222 W. San Antonio St. to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month.

The commission will honor individuals and groups that have made significant contributions to the local arts: Scott Wade, Art Squared, Beverly and Billy Ray Mangham of Eye of the Dog Art Center, Mario Garza and the Indigenous Cultures Institute and Jody Cross.

“The recipients have significantly contributed to the art scene and cultural life of San Marcos for many years and will have a lasting impact on the future of San Marcos,” said Clay DeStefano, who chairs the San Marcos Arts Commission.

The SMarts award program seeks to highlight and honor the important contributions of artists and art organizations to the quality of life and economic vitality of the community. Past recipients include Ophelia Vasquez-Philo, Linda Kelsey-Jones, Arlis Hiebert, Kyle Mylius, Kent Finlay, Jerry Touchstone Kimmel, Deanna Badgett, Billi London-Gray, and Dr. Ron and Marie Jager.

Scott Wade is a local artist best known for his “Dirty Car Art.” Scott is also an accomplished musician and graphic artist. For many years he has donated his time to support many causes throughout the community. Scott continually seeks opportunities to bring Dirty Car Art to the world, making appearances at fair, festivals, and corporate events, and contributing his talents to advertising and PR campaigns the world over.

Beverly and Billy Ray Mangham are the owners of Eye of the Dog Art Center. Internationally known artists and teachers, they have spent over 30 years creating, selling, and teaching art. They have established a place in San Marcos that cultivates creativity, community, and the human spirit. Eye of the Dog Art Center offers classes and workshops for beginners and masters level artists.

Art Squared is a monthly art market located downtown on the Courthouse lawn. The market was created by the Arts Commission with the goal of transitioning it to a non-profit organization that is self-supporting. What began as Art Unhitched has grown and transformed into a positive outlet for local and regional artists to sell their creations. This is due to the hard work and dedication of the Art Squared Board of Directors. It serves as a great example of what the artistic community can do with a little help and encouragement from the Arts Commission.

Mario Garza and the Indigenous Cultures Institute Dr. Mario Garza currently serves as board of elders chair and is the principal founder of the Institute. He is a member of the Miakan/Garza band of the Coahuiltecan people. Dr. Garza earned a multidisciplinary Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Social Science, with areas of concentration in sociology, political science and social work. The Institute is a cultural asset to San Marcos and provides celebrations, educational events and other functions. In addition to their Sacred Spring Youth Art Camp, they provide opportunities for Native American artists including traditional dancers and singers, storytellers, poets, and other indigenous-based artists to share their culture. The Institute also sponsors a Sacred Springs Powwow and other events that celebrate Native American culture.

Jody Cross will receive a Spark Award for her efforts to create and organize the monthly event “Martian Culture.” Held once a month, the event brings together artists, performers, and community members. Artists can be seen creating their works, fire dancers perform, alongside body painters and musicians. Jody is a great example of how artists are helping to build the artistic community in San Marcos.

Posthumous awards will be given to Dr. Daniel Hannon and Dr. John Hood. Both men were professors at Texas State University. Dr. Hannon taught theatre and design. He was known for the countless hours he would spend design and building sets. Dr. Hood taught the Art of Storytelling and would have the students perform at Cheatham St. Warehouse. He also supervised students who have performed skits and Shakespeare at Wake the Dead.

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