Draco the Dragon

ITC calls for volunteers for dragon exhibit

By James Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist

(April 27, 2007)--UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures invites UTSA community members to serve as volunteer staff for the April 22-Nov. 4 "Here Be Dragons!" exhibit which explores the origins, symbolism and cultural significance of the dragon through history.

As part of the university's "Your Time Counts" UT Service and Civic Participation Program, UTSA students, faculty and staff can log community service hours as ITC volunteers. They will act as support staff to Draco, the 10-foot-tall animatronic dragon, in the roles of tour guides for the main exhibit floor and staff for the special children's area, Draco's Den. In Draco' Den, children can enjoy themselves at LEGO building stations and kid-sized drawing stations. The ITC volunteer office will provide exhibit floor training and stories on dragon mythology.

"This is a great opportunity to share our fascination and love for dragons," says Bonny Johnston, ITC program director. "Dragons have intrigued us since ancient times. We've all heard stories that go back for generations and they still inspire the imagination. An opportunity to serve, coupled with an opportunity to share a mutual affinity and interest in dragons is simply extraordinary."

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