Friday, November 27, 2015


UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures presents Puerto Rico showcase March 3

Puerto Rico flag

Puerto Rico flag

Share this Story

(March 2, 2012) -- When the Institute of Texan Cultures observed the 40th anniversary of the Texas Folklife Festival, the museum made an invitation to the participating groups and cultures to present a day of celebration in the coming year. San Antonio's Puerto Rican community accepted the invitation and will host a Puerto Rico Cultural Showcase at the museum, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 3.

The event will include music and dance; workshops, lectures and displays; children's activities including take-home crafts; and cooking demonstrations of Puerto Rican foods.

Veteran Texas Folklife Festival performers Ballet Folklorico Boriken brought together a coalition of Puerto Rican heritage groups to stage the day's activities: musicians from Ecos de Puerto Rico Raices Campesinas and Pleneros de San Anton; and cultural organizations including the Puerto Rican Heritage Society and Club Damas de Puerto Rico.

"This is an opportunity to see a distinct culture come to life and to immerse our guests in the customs that are part of our Puerto Rican friends' and neighbors' unique identity," said Jo Ann Andera, Texas Folklife Festival director.

The Puerto Rican Cultural Showcase will include two music and dance revues during the day, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 3-4:30 p.m., featuring traditional songs by Ecos de Puerto Rico, Raices Campesinas and Pleneros de San Anton and live performances by Ballet Folklórico Borikèn.

"We are excited to present a day on Puerto Rican heritage at the Institute of Texan Cultures," said Olga Custodio, director of Ballet Folklorico Borikèn. "We are grateful to the museum and to the Texas Folklife Festival for welcoming the Puerto Rican community and giving us the opportunity to celebrate our heritage with San Antonio."

Exploring other aspects of Puerto Rican culture, guests will have an opportunity to sample Puerto Rican fare. Club Damas de Puerto Rico with support from La Marginal Restaurant will offer a cooking demonstration featuring Puerto Rican food staples -- bananas and plantains.

The Puerto Rican Heritage Society will complete the experience with a series of lectures, workshops and crafts for both children and adults. The ITC auditorium will have displays of Puerto Rican masks, woodwork, needlework and artifacts used in weddings, baptisms, births and other observances.

A special area for children will feature reading of selected Puerto Rican folktales such as "La Puerca de Juan Bobo" and take-home crafts including Puerto Rican masks, kites and flags.

The Institute of Texan Cultures is on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. 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 or visit



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

Other Calendars
» UTSA Events | » Academic | » Institute of Texan Cultures

Submit an Event

Meet a Roadrunner

Jennifer Vassell writes children's books about health

Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children

Did You Know?

UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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.

Read More »

UTSA's Mission

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.

UTSA's Vision

To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA's Core Values

We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.

Connect with UTSA News


Related Links

Back to Top

2015 © The University of Texas at San Antonio  | One UTSA Circle San Antonio, TX 78249 | Information 210-458-4011

Produced by University Communications and Marketing