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Informally founded in 1998, S.M.A.R.T. received formal 501c3 status in 2002. It was then that the S.M.A.R.T. directors formalized their educating skillset and interest in community by creating a nonprofit that serves and nurtures the young minds in Southtown The Arts District. In 2005 they were invited to teach an art class with Briscoe Elementary school - who had no art education or art teacher at that time. To date S.M.A.R.T. currently serves the entire student population pre-K - 5th grade (450 students) with our fully aligned IB Units of Inquiry art education curriculum, have launched a student run contemporary art museum on the campus (beMOCA) and continue to create more leadership opportunity's with our latest initiative the S.M.A.R.T. Education Garden. We are happy to say, that where once Briscoe did not have art, they are now an IB World Baccalaureate School focused on Fine arts and World Music. The work continues.


1906 S. Flores, San Antonio, TX 78204

Andy Benavides

Andy Benavides has been a prominent community leader for over 25 years, and is a professional artist with regular exhibitions, commissions, and collectors. His most recent initiative is forming Southtown The Arts District. He has a lifetime commitment to the Arts and community building.

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Yvette Benavides

Yvette Benavides has served as Director since S.M.A.R.T's inception in 2002. Yvette was born in Michigan, migrated to the Pacific Northwest, and eventually landed in San Antonio. She has a rich background, and is deeply committed to the Arts.

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B O A R D   O F   D I R E C T O R S

Sarah Christal

Greg Murray, President

Samantha Demory
Carlos R. Zapata

Chris Weber

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