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For the holidays: 'Buffalo Soldiers' and 'Play!' at Institute of Texan Cultures

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"Play!" and "Buffalo Soldiers" exhibits at Institute of Texan Cultures

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(Dec. 16, 2010)--As time runs out to visit the Buffalo Soldiers and Play! exhibits at the Institute of Texan Cultures, the winter holidays are an excellent time to come in and take a look.

"Buffalo Soldiers: Discovering Heritage on the Texas Frontier" runs through Monday, Jan. 3. The exhibit tells the story of historic African-American cavalry units assigned to Texas in the 1860s and 1870s.

The army offered an opportunity for African-Americans to improve their station in life. It was a chance to receive fair pay, education and other skills, which would continue to serve them after their tours of duty. Some buffalo soldiers remained in Texas after their military service, becoming members of the cultural landscape. They started families that remain in the state to this day. The exhibit explores the remarkable stories of these individuals and the legacies rediscovered by descendents generations later.

"Play!" runs through Sunday, Jan. 9. Designed to allow families, school groups and business professionals to explore how people connect socially through play, the exhibit employs larger-than-life games that invite visitors to become part of the experience. Participants can explore firsthand, social dynamics such as friendship, collaboration, teamwork and empathy.

"Play!" incorporates six all-body interactive games: bowling, billiards, dice, backgammon, foosball and dominoes. The game sets integrate art, music and video to create immersive, hands-on experiences visitors discover individually or with others. Each activity is guided by a bilingual narrative explaining the social sciences at work by highlighting interpersonal exchanges that influence culture and generations.

"Play!" was developed by Mexico City artist and composer Nacho Rodriguez Bach and San Antonio's Evergreen Exhibitions.


Holiday hours at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

December 24-25: Closed
December 26: Noon-5 p.m.
December 27-30: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
December 31: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
January 1: Closed
January 2: Noon-5 p.m. (Resuming normal hours)


The Institute of Texan Cultures is on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. Durango Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday. 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.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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