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Children thrive when they understand their connection to the community and learn how to express themselves.

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Gracias T-Shirt Sale

All proceeds from the sale will go to benefit Daisy Cares.

Gracias 2024

11th Annual Gracias San Antonio: Children Are Citizens Exhibit

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Thursday, April 18, 2024 | 5—7 p.m.
Central Library
600 Soledad St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
Validated Parking at Central Library Garage

Art pieces will be on display from April 18—25 at the San Antonio Central Library. Art will be returned to their respective centers and on display through the duration of the online auction in the Family Café from April 30 to May 10 during normal school hours.


Discover the City of San Antonio through the eyes of our children at the 11th Annual Gracias Art Exhibit, where you’ll have the opportunity to view stunning artwork in a variety of mediums.


Art pieces will be returned to their respective centers after the opening reception. Art will be displayed through the duration of the online auction in the Family Café from April 22 to May 3, 2024, during normal school hours.


100% of proceeds raised from Gracias San Antonio: Children Are Citizens go to DaisyCares. DaisyCares is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing pet food, funding urgent or emergent veterinary care, and reducing animal abuse through animal welfare education and awareness.

Civic Learning at Pre-K 4 SA

Through a yearlong project called Gracias San Antonio: Children Are Citizens, children become civic-minded by supporting the community, creating art, and learning about local nonprofits. Every year, children vote in a center-wide election to select a nonprofit organization to learn about and support throughout the year. Our teachers invite children and their families to explore local parks, historic sites, art exhibits, monuments, and establishments. Local artists join the classroom to help them create authentic artwork that expresses the children’s perspective of places they visit and explore. The art pieces are then displayed in a public gallery exhibit and auctioned to raise money for the selected nonprofit organization.

The Benefits

By engaging students in art experiences at a young age, children more deeply develop their thinking and creativity. Gracias San Antonio is grounded in the belief that children are not just future citizens but also are citizens of the city in the here and now, with the right to express their opinions and participate in the civic and cultural life of San Antonio.