Originally a part of the city’s calendar of Tricentennial arts activities, “Hidden Histories” is a monthly, magazine-format video series that pursues and preserves the stories, lives, and places that make San Antonio an inspiring cultural treasure. With the support of the San Antonio Area Foundation and Humanities Texas, URBAN-15 developed this project to ensure that the histories memorialized by the Tricentennial celebration and by World Heritage efforts truly reflect the diversity of this region, which has been inhabited for over 10,000 years—well before 300 years of European settlement. Community-produced media is one way we can broaden public participation in official histories.

Now in its second season, Hidden Histories continues to premiere monthly episodes live in our studio, free of charge. Each screening highlights archival interviews with community leaders; significant performances by musicians, dancers and poets; interactions with working artists; lost documentaries; forgotten narrative films; and vintage discussions of important community issues. Held in our studio, these live screenings are supplemented by interviews and discussions with participants, family members of those featured, and field experts. Following each live screening, video segments will be archived online on the URBAN-15 YouTube channel for 24/7 access.

All live and online screenings of Hidden History are free of charge. Live screenings take place at the URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78204) at 7pm on the first Monday of the month. Online screenings can be viewed at urban15.org/live-stream.

This project is supported in part by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture, the San Antonio Area Foundation, Humanities Texas, VuTURE Arts, and Friends of URBAN-15.