UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures

ITC offers free admission, gift store discount to UTSA community

By Alison Beshur
Public Affairs Specialist

(Dec. 7, 2005)--UTSA Roadrunners, prepare your wallets for a special faculty and staff discount at the gift store at the Institute of Texan Cultures. Additionally, UTSA students, faculty and staff receive free general admission to the ITC with a UTSACard.

This holiday, buy your family, friends and loved ones gifts that show appreciation for their heritage. The gift store at the ITC, one of UTSA's three campuses, offers a variety of gift choices, such as Texas-themed tree ornaments, ethnic pendants and jewelry, stuffed animals and educational toys, Russian stacking dolls and coffee mugs donning the ITC logo.

On Dec. 7, UTSA faculty and staff will receive a 30 percent discount on all items in the store, except books, which always are offered at a 20 percent discount to UTSA faculty and staff.

Can't make it Dec. 7? Don't fret. UTSA faculty and staff receive a 25 percent discount on all items, except books, purchased from Dec. 8 through Dec. 23.

The ITC, one of three campuses of UTSA, showcases multi-cultural exhibits and programs designed to enhance our understanding of cultural history, science, technology and their influence on the diverse people of Texas.

The institute's exhibits include many cultural and ethnic group areas, a multimedia dome show, a puppet theater, and demonstrations including a chuck wagon and a weaving and spinning area. The main exhibit floor is an educational tool for teachers and educators in training as well as the general public.

The museum also hosts visiting displays and activities including an upcoming Christmas music concert, a Christmas book collection, a Pre-Columbian ceramic exhibit called "Animal Spirits and Warrior Kings" and the annual Asian Festival, this year with an exhibit of Asian games.

For more details on upcoming events, call (210) 458-2330 or visit the Institute of Texan Cultures Web site.


Institute of Texan Cultures exhibits

Through Jan. 9. Special Exhibit. "Judd Christmas Books: The Texas Collection." Exhibit Floor. Christmas in Texas is featured in wonderful variety in this one-of-a-kind, rare book collection. Discover the rich traditions of storytelling and artistry of Christmas in Texas, Christmas in San Antonio and Christmas on the ranch. The collection also includes custom-designed ornaments commissioned by the Steves family and a series of collector's edition Texas Capitol ornaments.

Dec. 11 - Feb. 5. Special Exhibit. "Animal Spirits and Warrior Kings: Pre-Columbian Art from the Mississippi Museum of Art." Exhibit Floor Gallery. Walk through time and discover ancient beliefs and rituals in stunning ceramics featuring colorful animal forms, the regalia of warrior kings, ballplayers and intricate abstract designs that bring the mastery of Pre-Columbian artisans to life. Exhibit includes programming and activities for children and families. Included with admission.

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