Spare Parts founded the MINI ART MUSEUM (MAM) to bring the fine arts museum experience to schools and the community. This opportunity for schools seeks to eliminate bus fees & complicated scheduling & simply brings the fine art museum experience to classrooms and events, like yours!


The MINI ART MUSEUM fine arts experience at your school, event or location includes:

  • installation of the MINI ART MUSEUM
  • docent-led tour of the MINI ART MUSEUM
  • magnifying glasses and gallery guides for visitors to view artwork
  • art-making workshop inspired by the exhibition(s)
  • mini gift shop with items on sale between $1-$5 to benefit museum operations (optional)

The MINI ART MUSEUM curriculum, for grades 1-12, help meet the Perception, Creative Expression/Performance, Historical/Cultural Heritage & Critical Evaluation TEKS for Art; Levels K-12. This curriculum can be adapted for use in other content areas to enhance and improve critical, divergent and analytical thinking.


Call & Response: A Retrospective Exhibition
September 2017-August 2018

In this retrospective exhibition are selected works from the MINI ART MUSEUM’s permanent collection. After four years, eleven exhibitions, and thousands of visitors worldwide, the MINI ART MUSEUM continues to serves as a platform for artists and curators to activate dialogue about topics they value. By visiting the museum, you are called to join the conversation. What will be your response?

DEEP IN THE HEART: A Texas Trilogy
June 2015-limited viewing

DEEP IN THE HEART: A Texas Trilogy showcases the artwork of 3 San Antonio born & based artists: 2015 Texas State Artist Vincent Valdez, Angela Fox and recent East Central High School graduate/Visual Arts Scholastic Event medalist Christiana Puente. Each artist created a small-scale portrait reflective of San Antonio’s diverse artistic craftsmanship.

Upcoming: Contemporary Art Month Exhibition curated by Jason Reed
March 2018

Stay tuned for more information! In the meantime, check out Jason Reed’s project Borderland Collective at

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#TBT #throwbackthursday : The Forest Hills Branch Library hosted a send-off reception July 10, 2017 for @sparepartssa
@MINIARTMUSEUM presents "Controlled Burn" curated by Daniel Rios Rodriguez.

The Spare Parts #MINIARTMUSEUM (MAM) is proud to present "Controlled Burn," an exhibition featuring the work of eight artists, that will travel through Colombia, South America July 14-27, 2017. "Controlled Burn" exhibiting artists: Linda Arredondo, Ana Hernández Burwell, Brandan Doty, Rafael Fernando Gutierrez, Jr., Lauri Garcia Jones, Rhys Munro, Jose Sotelo and Christina Torres. All work and live in San Antonio with the exception of Canadian-based artist Brandan Doty. The exhibition, curated by Daniel Rios Rodriguez, reacts to the exploration of a controlled burn. Fire as technology, fire's destructive potential, regeneration, self-control and naturally burning out are just some ways to interpret controlled burn.

Mary Elizabeth Cantú, Spare Parts Executive Director/MAM Co-Founder will install and document "Controlled Burn" in communities of Colombia, primarily in Bogotá and in the country's coffee region. "My goal is to place our exhibition in areas where one would least expect a Museum. Each artwork is no larger than a business card (2"x3") but packs a powerful story. Don't let size deceive you," notes Cantú. "We provide the magnifying glasses, too." This exhibition would not be possible without the support of Jeanne Cantu, Laura Carter, Chris Castillo, Cecilia Cedillo, Forest Hills Branch Library, Raquel Lloreda Gonzalez, Sandra Griffin, Jennifer Herrera, Dina Lloreda, joey lopez, Lucero Munoz, Daniel Rios Rodriguez, San Antonio Public Library, Gabriela Santiago, Regina Villalobos-Perez and "Controlled Burn" artists.

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Photo thanks to Chris Castillo, Friends of Spare Parts Board Member.

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#MAMartist Lisette Chavez

Studio Visits: San Antonio Artist Lisette Chavez on Growing Up Catholic, Devil Babies and Men Who...
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#MAMartist #VincentValdez Reposted from @vincentvaldez77 - -To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.
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2017 #theunitedstatesofamnesia #dividedwefall #landofthefree #wakeup #drawing #blackamdwhite #contemporaryart #oil #draftsmanship #paper - #regrann

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#MAMartist Louis Vega Trevino

Local contemporary artist @LouisVegaTrevino is clearing his studio! Contact him today for a studio visit to see the great summer pricing that he has on his work (example below)!