Institute of Texan Cultures joins in city's Luminaria arts night celebration March 12

Institute of Texan Cultures event

Luminaria at UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

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(March 9, 201)--Luminaria, San Antonio's spring arts night festival, is Saturday, March 12 at HemisFair Park in downtown San Antonio. Joining in the event, the Institute of Texan Cultures will welcome artists and activities to the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus. Opening ceremonies for the festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the gateway of HemisFair Park on South Alamo Street.

At the museum, three stages and the surrounding grounds will showcase artistic works and interactive opportunities with live entertainment on three stages starting at 7 p.m.

The ITC will extend complimentary admission from 5 to 11 p.m. The museum will feature its 26-screen Dome Show, "The Wellspring of a Great Land," and a selection of puppet shows in the Bluebonnet Puppet Theater. Luminaria at the institute is a last chance to see "World Heritage Photo Panels from Japan: Two Thousand Years of Legacies," a photography exhibit featuring pictures of Japan's World Heritage sites.

On display outside the museum will be works from the UTSA College of Architecture, ceramics from Diana Kersey's Mini Gama Project, Tigercorn Productions' Pushcart Derby Car, Michele Monseau's projection on the walls of the museum and a "Glass Alley" demonstration area. Also in front of the museum beginning at 10:05 p.m., guests will have a unique opportunity to view "Ice Fights" with artist Buddy Rasmusen, a live ice-sculpting competition.

At 11 p.m., closing ceremonies for Luminaria will be on the museum grounds with music from the San Antonio Symphony, Ballet Austin, Ballet San Antonio and other performers followed by a lantern release assisted by the San Antonio Asian Chamber of Commerce.

Luminaria 2011 re-imagines HemisFair Park as a canvas for enlightened, innovative and interactive contemporary artwork from all disciplines. HemisFair Park has become a major focus for revitalization efforts and the entirety of the event will take place in this central location, tripling its size from last year. Luminaria is free and family-friendly.

Presented by Rackspace, Luminaria 2011 also is sponsored by the City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs, Bud Light, Bank of America, H-E-B, Coca-Cola, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas and CPS Energy.

For more information, call 210-271-2842 or visit the Luminaria website.

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The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures is the forum for the understanding and appreciation of Texas and Texans through research, collections, exhibits and programs. The museum strives to become the nation's premier institution of contemporary cultural and ethnic studies focusing on Texans and the diverse cultural communities that make Texas what it is.

An agency of the UTSA Office of the Vice President for Community Services and a Smithsonian affiliate, the 182,000-square-foot complex features 45,000 square feet of exhibit space and five recreation Texas Frontier period structures. At the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus in downtown San Antonio, the Institute of Texan Cultures offers a range of resources for multiple audiences.