“Creating Community through the Arts.”
Since its founding in 2005, Bihl Haus Arts has made good in many ways on the promise of its location as one of only a few art galleries in the U.S. on the premises of senior affordable housing—the Primrose at Monticello Park on Fredericksburg Road. Housed in the historic George Bihl house, Bihl Haus presents six art exhibitions each year. More than 700 artists—about 65% women and/or members of a minority demographic group—have showcased work in over 100 exhibitions. Each show is accompanied by related gallery talks and performances.
Primrose residents (who are primarily women) serve as volunteer docents at the gallery. The Head Docent sits on the Bihl Haus Board. During the week, classes are offered in the gallery to senior residents. This program, GO! Arts, begun in 2007, is now offered at 17 senior centers across San Antonio serving 400/week through almost 40 classes in multiple disciplines.
Bihl Haus also organizes the annual On & Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour, which features 80+ artists who live and work on and off Fred Rd. This has helped strengthen local neighborhoods and build the Fredericksburg Rd corridor’s identity as a cultural district. Including visitors who see exhibits at various senior centers, our audience is about 30,000/year.