Reimagine Forgotten Community

Participatory Interactive Storytelling Event with San Marcos Community Members

The Participatory Interactive Storytelling Event: Reimagine Forgotten Community Stories aimed to revitalize the local community by sharing the forgotten stories of San Marcos, Texas. Held at the historic Hays County Courthouse, the oldest building in San Marcos, this event shed light on the town’s quirky history, nearly faded into obscurity over time. At the heart of San Marcos lies a natural spring that flows into a prominent river, which has played a central role in the town’s culture for over seven decaseds, hosting unique events like Ralph the Famous Swimming Pig, underwater ‘mermaid’ performers, clowns, and even underwater theather. Since Texas State University’s land purchase for preservation in 1994, the stories of Aquarena Spring has been confined to books, digital archives, and fading memories, leaving a fixed, hegemonic image. 

This project aimed to answer the question, “How can artists and community members collaborate to reveal and build significance in their community in a fun and engaging way?”

Community Stories

Community Participation

Participated organizations
— Calaboose African American Association
— Centro Cultural Hispano De San Marcos
— The Indigenous Cultures Institute

Collaboration with Tagtool, OMAI Crew

Funded Grant
The City of San Marcos Arts Commission Grant

MODE (Motion Design Education Summit) Poster Presentation

Filed under Interactive, Co-Design, Experimental

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