(Dec. 20, 2011) -- The kids are out of school and family has arrived from out of town. Over the holiday break, the Institute of Texan Cultures invites visitors and locals alike to the museum -- a great place to entertain children and guests with exhibits that tell the stories of Texas and Texans.
While many find it difficult to explain the Texan identity to out-of-town family, a trip to the ITC adds depth and character to the story of Texas, telling it through an exhibit floor that features more than 20 cultures that came to Texas, bringing their own customs and ways of life.
And while out-of-towners might not have the opportunity to take a Texas road trip, "Griff Smith's Texas: A Retrospective Through the Lens and Images from Texas Highways" follows Notable Texas Highways magazine photographer Griff Smith through 25 years, collecting images "from Alpine to Zephyr." The exhibit shows Texas' beauty, diversity and mystery, capturing the nuances of Texas culture in photographs.
For the kids and the big kid in everyone, "Timeless Texas Toys" is a great Christmas present. A look back at toys and play traditions from the late 19th century into the early 20th, the exhibit entertains with hands-on opportunities to play with classic toys such as wooden tops and climbing bears. It's a chance for parents and children to bond over the shared memories of childhood, where work was play and toys were tools.
During the holidays, the Institute of Texan Cultures will be closed Sunday, Dec. 25. The museum will observe a 3 p.m. early closure on Saturday, Dec. 31. It will close on Sunday, Jan. 1 for New Year's Day. All other days will keep regular hours, 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 identification or Alamo Colleges identification.
The Institute of Texan Cultures is on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.
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
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
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