(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 UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is hosting a day full of outreach events and activities by the U.S. Navy as part of a larger Navy presence in San Antonio called Navy Week with various events in the community through Feb. 25.
Student Union Paseo and Convocation Center entrance, Main Campus
Join this interactive play that is a courtroom drama and the audience is the jury. Discussion and will follow.
Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Langston Clark, UTSA assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition will discuss exploring the historical context for the role of black athletes in contemporary social movements.
John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA African American Studies program invites speakers from the leading African American Fraternities and Sororities for a panel discussion of the history of each organization and to enlighten the audience about the community service, academic purpose, professionalism and ethical roots of each group.
Student Union, Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24), Main Campus
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.
Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), Main Campus
UTSA Libraries hosts Assistant Professor Ian Caine for his lecture, Architectural Postcards from Space, as part of the popular Pizza + Research series. Pizza will be served while supplies last.
Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.304), Downtown Campus
The theme of this year’s symposium is Black & Brown Futures. The free event will give UTSA students and the community the opportunity to meet and hear national scholars talk about current research and academic trends relevant to the lives of African Americans in the United States.
Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
Registration is open now for this family-friendly and dog-friendly run that supports the UTSA Alumni Association scholarship fund.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
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