"40 Years of Texas Folklife Festival Memories"

May 6, 2011 01:08 PM
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40 Years of Texas Folklife Festival Memories
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Institute of Texan Cultures exhibit looks at history and highlights of cultural extravaganza

SAN ANTONIO, (May 2011) – It’s an event that brings the Institute of Texan Cultures to life. For three days every summer, Texans gather at the Texas Folklife Festival to celebrate their unique heritage through music, dance, food and crafts.
Formally opening on May 19 at the Institute of Texan Cultures, "40 Years of Texas Folklife Festival Memories" is a year-long exhibit showcasing the stories, images and sounds highlighting the festival’s most memorable moments. The ten sections of the exhibit feature oral histories, photographs from four decades, souvenirs, costumes, musical instruments and more.
For some Texas Folklife Festival participants, the event is a family reunion. Groups such as the Wends, Greeks and Lebanese have attended since the very beginning. As the years have gone by, beloved festival personalities have passed away, most recently, Claudia Ball, the second festival director, whose memory is honored in the exhibit.
"The Texas Folklife Festival has touched so many lives and brought together so many diverse groups," said Jo Ann Andera, festival director since 1981. "It was right after Vietnam and the Civil Rights movement and the public was so divided. When we started this 40 years ago, we had no idea how much the festival would mean to them or how important it would be for San Antonio and Texas."
"40 Years of Texas Folklife Festival Memories" will be a living exhibit, with regular programming throughout the year. On selected weekends, Festival participants will stage dance performances, craft demonstrations and other activities. Other parts of the exhibit will change during the year-long run as well, including opportunities to leave video recollections.
During the Texas in Texas Folklife Festival, festival admission includes access to "40 Years of Texas Folklife Festival Memories" and the main exhibit floor at the Institute of Texan Cultures.
The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. Durango Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Regular museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Museum 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 TexanCultures.com.
The Institute of Texan Cultures serves as 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 Vice President for Community Services at The University of Texas at San Antonio and a Smithsonian Affiliate, the 182,000 square foot complex, featuring 45,000 square feet of exhibit space and five recreation Texas Frontier period structures, is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus in downtown San Antonio. Resources for multiple audiences are available at TexanCultures.com.


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