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Special edition podcast series shines a light on UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Special edition podcast series shines a light on UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

MAY 23, 2024 — Since it opened during the 1968 World’s Fair, the Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC) has given a voice to the people who call Texas home by providing insight into their past, present and future and by showcasing the uniqueness and beauty of the many cultures that comprise Texas.

As the steward of the museum, UTSA has a deep commitment to the ITC as a gathering place for people who love Texas history, for students learning about the state’s heritage, and for researchers making discoveries that advance the knowledge of what it means to be a Texan.

In 2021, the university launched the ITC Centennial 2068 initiative, an extensive community engagement, visioning and evaluative process to improve the financial stability and accessibility of the Institute of Texan Cultures. As part of that process, UTSA announced a series of strategic next steps to realize the ITC Centennial 2068 vision and to ensure the museum’s sustainability as the preeminent venue for sharing the stories about Texas’ diverse cultural tapestry.

As UTSA looks forward to a new era at the ITC, University Strategic Communications is offering a new, three-part podcast series called ITC: Museum of the Future. This special edition podcast will feature several university visionaries who are reimagining the way that the ITC preserves and shares Texas' rich cultural heritage. 

The first of three podcast episodes debuts today:

Monica Perales

May 23: Preserving the ITC’s treasured collections

The ITC’s history in San Antonio runs deep. In the series opener, Monica Perales, ITC associate vice provost, will discuss the role the museum plays in collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s diverse cultural history. Take a peek at what’s in store for the museum as it prepares to move from Hemisfair to its new temporary space in Frost Tower, located in the heart of San Antonio.

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And here’s a brief preview of the two upcoming episodes:

May 28: The role of Tier One museums and libraries

How do great museums and libraries support great cities and research universities? Explore this and other topics with Dean Hendrix, vice provost of the UTSA Libraries and University Librarian. Listen as Hendrix describes the relationship between the ITC and UTSA, shares the many opportunities that academic libraries and museums offer their communities, and imagines the potential of the ITC to reach learners of all ages in Texas and beyond.

May 30: Building a world-class museum for San Antonio

How can the ITC attract world-class exhibits to San Antonio? How can it inspire the next generation of storytellers? Join ITC: Museum of the Future as UTSA Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Heather Shipley explores the benefits of building an American Alliance of Museums-accredited museum in San Antonio.

⇒ Visit UTSA Today and the university’s official (@UTSA) social media channels on Instagram, Facebook and X to read updates on the ITC Centennial 2068 visioning process.

ITC: Museum of the Future episodes will be available on Apple, Spotify, SoundCloud and other places where listeners find their podcasts.

To honor the museum’s past and celebrate its exciting future, UTSA invites all friends of the ITC to attend an open house during regular business hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Friday, May 31. This special day will include opportunities for interactive memory sharing and building excitement for the museum’s next chapter.

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