Work in Progress – "Public Studio" – San Antonio, Texas



Imagine what could happen if we combine the arts and sciences to visualize the past, the present and the future of this region.

Imagine a PLACE to do this using the
tools of broadband video, virtual reality, computer graphics and advanced students of the media arts.

IMAGINE the people from the great multicultural laboratory of South Central Texas interacting with the people of the world to build bridges of understanding.

We are calling this place Public Studio.

Creative collaborations like Public Studio are made by intelligent, independent-minded people who wish to make a difference.

The web and modern media technology make it possible for these  people, from all over the world, to collaborate in the organization and distribution of information and knowledge about the place they live and to share experiences. These are important components in  making our part of the planet work … and perhaps in making us all  a little wiser.

Public Studio is being formed as a shared community resource to produce professional level programming for regional public radio and television and world wide broadband.  It can be a  studio where talented San Antonians can experiment with these wonderful new technologies – and  play with  cool toys by doing service to the region.

Stay tuned………

As we create a laboratory to explore new tools

for visualizing the future.

Knowing Home


Bioregional map by Pleas McNeel, Mike Smith and Larry Travis

This is where we live in central Texas, embraced by little rivers that flow to the Gulf of Mexico. Our water comes from an aquifer that is refilled by rain falling on porus rock a little south of the place where the rivers start.

It is a beautiful place that once teemed with life.

>By the mid 1800s, the populations of San Antonio and other towns along the base of the Edwards Plateau increased greatly as waves of European settlers, primarily Germans, began to arrive. Between 1845 and 1860, San Antonio grew from approximately 800 residents to over 8,200. At the turn of the century the natural resources which supported this growth still appeared to be unlimited.


In 2009 natural resources can no longer be seen as unlimited, especially the water.

Public Studio will explore ways to use modern media to help us understand how to live in a creative relationship with nature and each other.


Click to go to the Environmental Design Charrette

The land and the special people who live in it.

Community Media



THE GHOST OF LAS CABRAS -1997- An experiment in no-cost community movie making using historic reinactment. Produced by the Junior Historians of the Floresville Independent School District and the citizens of Floresville, Texas.

credits - what (who)it takes to make a community movie

“Imagine what could happen if we combine the arts and sciences to visualize the past, the present and the future of the region.”

Regional Publishing

People who helped create the place

where we where we live.

ThatsNotFair_LG[(003801)20-Emma Tenneyuca

Book  video: Wings Press is the oldest independent literary publishing house in Texas.  This video features a discussion with the authors of “That’s Not Fair,” a book written for children about Emma Teneyuca, the brave young woman who helped reform the poverty wages of pecan shellers in 1939 San Antonio, and who started the Mexican American civil rights movement.

Produced by Bryce Milligan (publisher of Wings Press), recorded by James Sanders, edited by John Walton.  Narrated by Sheryl Teneyuca and Carmen Tafolla.

Imagine being able to sample the best local performing arts
live or recorded on location.

On Location

Production of musical and theatrical performances used to require tons of expensive equipment. Since productions cost so much money is was difficult for potential crew of get necessary experience. Public Studio will offer opportunities for advanced practical multi-camera experience, professional credits maybe a little money.  Thanks to the gift from NewTek of Tricasters all we need is willing eyes and hands.

In 1985, project director Pleas McNeel, formed a collaboration with the Texas Music Association, UA Columbiavision and the San Antonio Media Center (an early incarnation of Public Studio), the produce a series for public access featuring local talent.  Using the little video van used to tape/cable cast the city council meetings, we produced 21 half hour shows.  Two of these are below.  A short tutorial on how we did it


Claude Morgan and theBLAST


Bobby Jenkins


Things are different now.  The show case required 20 people and a ton of equipment.  The piece below was shot by Public Studio’s James Sanders using a single camera package that fits on a hand cart.

MBAW-022209_1 from James E. Sanders Jr on Vimeo.

Architecture and Planning


Living with Water

Public Studio is a place to enhance our visualization of the future of the region,  continuing the  process started by the Environmental Design Charrette in 1996.

In the Environmental Design Charrette “Living with Water,” architects, developers, environmentalists, government officials and civic leaders joined forces to seek realistic new models for making urban development compatible wt responsible management of water-related public assets.

This little video documents an early attempt to use the internet to visualize the planning process.  Thirteen years later the media has advanced to the point where this type of effort can be commonplace.


We now have the means to map the way to the future but
To get where we’re going,
we need to know where we really are.

A Message of Hope to Somalia

Weliyo Family

Weliyo Family

this little project is under reconstruction

Weliyo’s World

Hassan Weliyo proposed a project to John Walton and Public Studio, which has just been completed after four months in production. Two Videos were compiled from one shoot. The first… more than 4 hours compilation was in Mai Mai, the Weliyo’s language of their family. The second compilation was a bit shorter at just over three hours and included translated or, more accurately, paraphrased and subtitled  songs and conversations from the first video. The first video comp is being sent back to Somalia and Kenya in response
to a family greetings video that was sent to the Weliyo Family last year. The second is presented here and streamed from where stories and histories are offered. A discussion of the loose designation of the Weliyos’ as “Somali Bantus” and the Mai Mai language by Orville Jenkens is helpful, (see his article HERE.)

See the new release (4/24/08) of the Hassan Weliyo video in Mai Mai with subtitles:

Weliyo’s World… A Message of Hope to Somalia at

Director: Hassan Weliyo

Producers: John Walton and
Hassan Weliyo

Mentor: John Walton



This site is an archive of Public Studio's early collaboration efforts.

Please look around then join us at our new Public Studio Co-laboratory