Taiwanese artisans Hsieh Chia-chen (謝佳珍) and Yang Sheng-hui (楊聖輝) will each present an artwork to San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro in a televised ceremony to be held at the San Antonio City Council on Dec. 5.
The two artisans have been invited to display their works in the Texan city and their gifts will be exhibited in public spaces to highlight the long-standing friendship between the U.S. and Taiwan.
The event is co-organized by the Taiwan Academy in Houston and the San Antonio city government. The two artisans will soon become resident artists in La Villita Historic Arts Village and will hold demonstrations of their crafts between Nov. 29 and Dec. 7.
La Villita is located behind San Antonio's well-known Arneson River Theater, an open-air performance venue built in the style of ancient Greek theaters. 61 works by Hsieh and Yang have been shipped to San Antonio and will be on display at the village until Dec. 25.
The Taiwan crafts exhibition will coincide with the Thanksgiving holidays and the city's annual Ford Holiday Parade and Lighting Ceremony, which is expected to draw some 200,000 visitors from around the United States.
The Taiwan Academy has also invited the Trinity Choir from Trinity University to perform Taiwanese folk songs and American classics at the outdoor theater on Nov. 30 as part of the Taiwan crafts exhibition.