Football: The Exhibit

April 4, 2011 03:21 PM
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Football: The Exhibit
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FOOTBALL: THE EXHIBIT

Institute of Texan Cultures prepares for Roadrunners’ inaugural season with new exhibit

 
With the beginning of Roadrunner Football in fall 2011, the Institute of Texan Cultures is taking the opportunity to examine the sport in depth. "Football: The Exhibit" will be on display from May 14 to Sept. 13.
 
The traveling exhibit takes a look at the science behind the game. With a closer look, a spectator can see physics and math at work in the stable flight of a pass or the force of a tackle.
 
"The physics and math at work in a game of football are extraordinary," said Lupita Barrera, director of education and interpretation at the museum. "But we’re not going to show you a lot of equations on a blackboard. Football is a contact sport and this is a contact exhibit."
 
The football exhibit is designed to be hands-on from beginning to end. Visitors can test their strength against a lineman with a grip tester. They can test reaction times against sound and light cues and compare to their friends and family members. They can race on a track against lights that move at the speed of professional players.
 
In addition to the hidden layers of science and math, football has created a cultural phenomenon. The game has spawned devoted fans who grew up with the game, from "pee-wee" leagues to the NFL. A portion of the exhibit showcases the history of the game and its associated traditions.
 
A special section, designed by the Institute of Texan Cultures, takes a closer look at football in Texas. Few places can claim such devotion to the game or to have such an entrenched football culture as the Lone Star State.  The museum explores the role football culture plays in Texans’ lives by asking a wide cross-section of people the simple question "what does football mean to you?" Responses from players, coaches, cheerleaders, bandsmen, fans, parents and others shed light on the motivations and inspirations behind football evolving from a game into a way of life.
 
"Football: The Exhibit" is a traveling exhibit organized by the Arkansas Museum of Discovery. 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 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 TexanCultures.com.
 
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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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