MLK, Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, and Farm Workers

MLK, Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, and Farm Workers

Columbia Heights wants Texans to think about equal rights. The Institute of Texan Cultures has partnered with students from Columbia Heights Elementary School, San Antonio, TX to bring two special exhibits to the museum this spring.

February 15, 2016 - June 5, 2016


Student Produced Exhibits

Student Produced Exhibits feature the work of K-12 students from across the state. With the supervision of the Education and Interpretation Department, classroom teachers, and other experts, students are challenged to examine what defines Texan culture today and provided a platform to share their stories and perspectives.

Current Student Exhibit

The Will to Adorn

December 16, 2017 - March 11, 2018
Over the summer and early fall, two cohorts of high school students participated in "The Will to Adorn: African American Dress and the Aesthetics of Identity," administered by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Their images, videos, interviews and writings have become the basis of the next student exhibit at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures.

Local high school students documented personal aesthetics and style in the African American community. They visited shops, salons, African American braiding salons, and spoke with local experts.

Smithsonian commissioned the project because this area – the influence of African American dress - has not yet been the subject of formal research. The students’ work is groundbreaking and creates the basis for collaborative learning and instilling pride in community traditions. It can broaden their perspective on the African American community and its aesthetics as a visual vocabulary and means of self-expression.

Past Student Exhibits

Spring 2012-Spring 2016

Looking for a particular exhibit or inspiration for your classroom projects? Click here to view an archived collection of past student-produced exhibits on display at the Institute of Texan Cultures. 


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