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AN ANGEL FOR THE ALAMEDA The Alameda has a new captain at its helm, San Antonio's own Ruth Medellin, who came on board at the end of April when the former Executive Director, Dan Hagerty, returned to Washington, D.C. Medellin has a business and philanthropic background developed through years of working with her husband, printer José Medellin, and with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of Lo Veo de San Antonio Women's Club, which previously pledged $50,000 to the historic Mexican-American theater's restoration.

In contrast to Hagerty, Medellin will serve as project manager, a position that will ultimately oversee curators and managers of the three projects - Museo Americano, The Alameda, and Casa de México - under the organization's umbrella. Her immediate focus, she says, is fundraising. Following a recent retreat, the board is committed to getting the museum running before proceeding with the Alameda's renovations (see "Ephemeral Treasure," January 8-14, 2004). When should we "save the date" for a Museo Americano grand opening? "If we were to live in a perfect world," says the energetic and upbeat Medellin, "and God would send down the angels and make everything happen, Cinco de Mayo of next year."

CULTURAL COLLABORATIVE UPDATE A Community Forum schedule has been set for The Cultural Collaborative: A Community Plan for San Antonio's Creative Economy (see "The Collaborative Kickoff," November 18-24, 2003, and Artifacts, January 8-14, 2004). The City is looking for residents, arts organizations, and service providers to share their hopes, criticisms, and ideas for improving cultural resources in their neighborhoods. Districts 1 and 2 will hold an open meeting on June 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the San Antonio Central Library, 600 Soledad. For additional district meeting dates, and more information, call 207-6960, or visit

By Elaine Wolff

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