Girl's Eye View Offers a look at San Antonio's Eastside

Girls Eye View

Girl’s Eye View: A Take on San Antonio’s Eastside

Student exhibit captures a portrait of the community

(SAN ANTONIO) – This summer a team of teenage girls from the Girl Zone camp at the Martinez Street Women's Center will document their community and heritage for a student exhibit at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures.

"Girl’s Eye View" runs July 29 to Oct. 31, 2016, showcasing these girls’ perspectives through photography, poetry, and film.

Opening reception: 6-8 p.m., July 29. Members welcome. Not a menber? Join today!

"It’s an opportunity for them to get engaged and entwined in the fabric of their community," said Alex Antram, education specialist at the museum. "They’re learning who they are and where they come from. And they’re sharing that with us"

The exhibit will capture today’s story of the Eastside and the people who call it home. While the Eastside is home to vibrant and diverse cultural communities, few San Antonians understand the area’s history, character, or everyday life.

"I think that it's a way to amplify where they are coming from, what they are going through and how they are seeing that growth within themselves here in this community," said Ernesto Olivo, art director for the Girl Zone camp.

Each girl will share a set of 20 photographs that capture life on the Eastside. In a separate poetry display, they will offer an interpretation of their images and experiences. A monitor in the gallery will run additional images from their neighborhoods, rooting the project in a clear context and setting.

"We hope museum visitors will gain a different appreciation of this part of San Antonio and the people that live there, as they see the East Side through these girls’ eyes," said Antram.

The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA Hemisfair Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez 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 $10 for adults (12-64); $8 for seniors (ages 65+) and children (6-11); children 5 and under free; free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit





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