Craig Stinson
Craig Stinson

UTSA Spotlight: Craig Stinson joins Institute of Texan Cultures as director of advancement

By James M. Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist

(July 21, 2009)--Craig Stinson joined the Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC) on June 22 as director of advancement. He will oversee the institute's fundraising efforts and membership services.

"We are pleased that Craig Stinson joins the Institute of Texan Cultures at this exciting point in our own history," said Tim Gette, ITC executive director. "Craig will help us to become a tier-one museum by directing our fundraising and membership programs, which will allow us to further the institute's mission of understanding and celebrating our cultural heritage."

Stinson has ties to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, after which the Texas Folklife Festival was modeled. He served in various capacities with the festival between 1990 and 1996. From 1999 to 2006, he was director of folklife, traditional arts and diversity issues at the South Carolina Arts Commission. Stinson comes to the Institute of Texan Cultures after two years at the Alamo, where he was the shrine's marketing and development manager.

"Craig has an excellent skill set for working with a museum's constituency and pursuing UTSA's mandate of serving the public by preserving and presenting our history and cultures," Gette said.

Stinson's work with various museums and cultural entities made him a strong candidate for this position. His background includes grant writing, fundraising, marketing, volunteer management and museum membership services. Stinson serves on the board of directors of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation.

"Texas has great pride in its cultural identity," said Stinson. "It's an honor to be affiliated with an institution that tells the story of who we are and where we came from. I'm thrilled to continue this mission. The institute has a distinguished history and a great potential for growth."

The Institute of Texan Cultures is on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 851 E. Durango Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday; closed Monday. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 12-64); $7 for seniors (ages 65+); $6 for children (ages 3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification.

For more information, call (210) 458-2300 or visit the Institute of Texan Cultures Web site.

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