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November 18th, 2014
San Marcos Arts Commission honors advocates


[1] Billi London-Gray, Deanna Badgett, Marie Jager and Ron Jager are 2014 honorees chosen by the San Marcos Arts Commission for their advocacy of local arts. [2] The commission also honored the civic committee that spearheaded installation of the MLK-LBJ sculpture installation downtown. Members of the Crossroads Committee include city council member Lisa Prewitt, Harvey Miller, Clay DeStefano, Geraldine Taylor, Michael Taylor, Ollie Giles, Ed Mihalkanin, Betsy Singleton, Jonnie Wilson, Linda Kelsey-Jones, committee chair Diann McCabe, city council member John Thomaides, Kelvon Hansen, Jeannie Lewis and Heather Galloway. SUBMITTED PHOTOS/CITY OF SAN MARCOS.


The San Marcos Arts Commission honored individuals and groups who have contributed to the arts in San Marcos at its annual arts advocacy reception last month at Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos.

The commission honored Deanna Badgett, a longtime local violin teacher; Billi London-Gray, the gallery curator at Texas State University’s Honors College; Ron and Marie Jager, who led efforts to restore and operate the Price Seniors Center; and the LBJ-MLK Crossroads Memorial Committee, whose members worked under the chairmanship of Texas State instructor Diane McCabe to commission the downtown sculpture honoring former President Lyndon B. Johnson and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

“Art is boundless, and it is the mark of a great community when public art is available and valued,” said Lisa Morris, the city’s recreation program director who serves as the staff liaison to the arts commission.

The event was attended by past recipients Ophelia Vasquez-Philo and Linda Kelsey-Jones, as well as representatives from community organizations and programs that include El Centro, Indigenous Cultures Institute, Art Squared, Friends of the Fine Arts, San Marcos Arts Advocates, LBJ Museum and the LBJ-MLK Crossroads Memorial Committee.

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  1. We are working on a plan for a gallery and studios on our property on interstate 35 next to between the new Marriott Hotel and McCoy’s Corporate Headquarters. My wife is Malika, who is in the process of building a team to operate the facility and advocate for the San Marcos art community as well as bring in art and artists from all over Latin America. We would like to establish some connections with your group. You can reach her at

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