San Antonio arts institutions Southwest School of Art, SAY Sí, and Museo Alameda provide use of their learning spaces, counsel from leadership and arts staff, student participation in after-school and summer programs, and recruiting assistance.
Through an unprecedented partnership with San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD), HFA: ASAD occupies James Bowie School, a former SAISD elementary. In exchange for occupancy and maintenance costs, HFA: ASAD shares its curriculum and professional development. "It's exactly the kind of creative, unprecedented collaboration that can help propel the troubled SAISD into a brighter future while also breathing new life into inner-city neighborhoods" (My San Antonio Editorial. Robert Rivard. June 14, 2009).
Central to HFA: ASAD is the commitment to public school as the center of a community in which businesses, community and cultural organizations play substantial roles. In addition to significant interactions with all founding partners, HFA: ASAD students, families, and teachers worked with more than 50 additional organizations and individuals in its very first school year. This engagement with a range of institutions and people significantly contributes to the development of HFA: ASAD as a school and to the enrichment of the academic curriculum.
In 2011, with sponsorship from Ford Motor Company Fund, thirty-seven students with exemplary grades and/or perfect attendance and family members traveled for three days to Houston for college experiences at Rice University, Houston Baptist and University of Houston, as well as for visits to cultural and arts organizations. Later in the year, they traveled for four days to New Orleans and Baton Rouge for campus visits to several sites, including Tulane and Loyola Universities, Louisiana State University and Lower 9th Ward museums in New Orleans. In February 2012, eight HFA: ASAD AP art students and their art instructors traveled to New York City to tour New York University, Pratt Institute and Parsons The New School for Design as well as the MET and MoMA, opening their eyes to possibilities for their futures.