The Carver Community Center and Ruby City are collaborating to present Taller Talks, an ongoing program featuring conversations with artists about their work. Taller (tah-yehr) Talks derives its name from the Spanish word for “studio” and is a virtual program that connects our audiences with artists in our community and beyond during this time of social distancing. With similar mandates to both represent and serve their communities, the Carver and Ruby City are pleased to partner together to amplify the voices of area and regional artists and to provide audiences with unique access to the creative voices of our times. Studio visits reveal so much, from the ideas artists are wrestling with, to the processes they employ. With TallerTalks, audiences will be along for the visit, enabling them entree to these personal, inner sanctums of creativity. Join us on these visits and feel free to ask your own questions of these creative practitioners.         

To kick off this new program, Carver Community Cultural supervisor, Ernie Ramirez will sit down with local visual artist and digital media coordinator for Ruby City, Barbara Miñarro on Wednesday, September 30th at 6 pm.

Barbara Miñarro was born in Monterrey, Mexico and currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas. As an artist influenced by and making a life between two cultures, Miñarro’s work explores ideas of the body in migration. Her soft sculptures, installations and paintings utilize the tactile memory of clothing, the earth and the physical body to express the emotional journey of immigration.

Miñarro has exhibited at various galleries including Sweet Briar College, South Texas College, Blue Star Contemporary and Artpace. She has recently launched Breakfast Friend, a small-batch hand-painted purse business out of her home studio in San Antonio, TX.

About The Carver Community Center

The mission of the Carver Community Cultural Center is to celebrate the diverse cultures of our world, nation and community, with emphasis on its African and African-American heritage, by providing premier artistic presentations, community outreach activities and educational programs.

For over 75 years, The Carver Community Cultural Center (“The Carver”) has served as the San Antonio Eastside’s foremost gathering place of cultural exchange and performance arts. It was originally erected in 1918, as a community center for African-Americans. By the 1930s, the building was repurposed as the Colored Library and renamed the Carver Library and Auditorium, in honor of Dr. George Washington Carver. From the 1940s through the Civil Rights Era, prominent African-American entertainers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Louis Armstrong played at the Carver.

Today, The Carver is home to world-class artistic and cultural performances and has hosted the likes of Aaron Neville, Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter, Poncho Sanchez, Sheila E.

About Ruby City

Ruby City is a contemporary art center in San Antonio, TX, dedicated to providing a space for the city’s thriving creative community to experience works by both local and internationally-acclaimed artists. Envisioned in 2007 by the late collector, philanthropist and artist Linda Pace, Ruby City presents works from the Linda Pace Foundation Collection of more than 900 paintings, sculptures, installations and video works. The new building, designed by renowned architect Sir David Adjaye OBE is part of a campus, which also includes Chris Park, a one-acre public green space named in memory of Pace’s son, and Studio, an auxiliary exhibition space which presents curated shows and programming throughout the year. 

Ruby City is free and open to the public.

For more information visit  Instagram @RubyCity
Facebook and Twitter @RubyCityArt

Media Contacts:

Ruby City:  Kelly O’Connor, Head of Collections and Communications  210.253.0043

Carver Community Cultural Center

Teresa Vasquez-Romero, Marketing & Communications Manager  210.207.8761