Bihl Haus Arts

In 2005 the historic Bihl home on Fredericksburg Road in San Antonio, TX, was renovated and converted into Bihl Haus Arts (BHA), a non-profit community art gallery on the premises of The Sorrentoan affordable senior apartment complex. The renovation garnered the San Antonio Conservation Society’s award for innovative reuse of a historic building. BHA has three main programs. 1) The Gallery presents 6 exhibits/year, 700+ artists (65% women and/or Latinx) have participated in 100+ exhibits. 2) BHA’s annual On & Off Frederickburg Road Studio Tour, a creative placemaking project, features 70+ artists in their live/work spaces. And 3) BHA offers two community arts education programs. The pioneering nationally recognized “creative aging” GO! Arts program provides free art classes at 17 senior centers to 1000+ seniors/yr in 9 of 10 city council districts. Its mental, physical and emotional benefits are verified in two UTHealthSA/Univ. of Texas San Antonio peer-reviewed studies ("Arts & Health," 2012; "Holistic Nursing." 2017): “structural aspects of the class, free instruction and materials, flexible participation and leadership facilitated…positive psychosocial changes in participants’ lives.” Modeled on GO! Arts, BHA launched Forward, Arts! in 2018 to provide healing arts experiences to Veterans with PTSD & depression. BHA programs serve 27,000/year. In the next 5 years, we envision doubling audiences and expanding both education programs to reach more seniors and veterans.