Honor: Student Remembrances through Altars
Student exhibit examines remembrance traditions across cultures
Family Day, 10 a.m - 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13
SAN ANTONIO – For the 2012 Halloween and Dia de los Muertos season, the Institute of Texan Cultures has challenged students from Northeast Independent School District’s International School of the Americas to develop an exhibit examining remembrance traditions across cultures. Their student exhibit, "Honor: Student Remembrances through Altars" will be displayed Oct. 13 through Nov. 4.
"Across cultures, there is a commonality in the respect and reverence we give to our deceased," said Ashlie McKenzie, education specialist at the museum. "This is an opportunity to discuss traditions of honor, remembrance and mourning common to all our lives."
The Oct. 13 exhibit opening includes Family Day activities sponsored by the UTSA East Asia Institute and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. Family Day is an opportunity for visitors to get hands-on, with take-home crafts including calavera masks, paper marigolds and origami. Additionally, the museum will present a series of talks on remembrance traditions in other cultures:
- Angelica Docog, ITC executive director: modern Chinese burial customs
- Mimi Yu, UTSA East Asia Institute: Chinese and Japanese customs
- Willie Mendez, ITC education specialist: Native American burial customs
- Tomas Ybarra Frausto, art historian: Mexican traditions
- John Davis, retired ITC educator: Christian and Muslim traditions
- Chaplain Kevin Doll, Ft. Sam Houston Deputy Garrison Chaplain: United States military traditions
Pamela Valentine, art instructor at the International School of the Americas, and her students, will be available on Family Day to discuss their work on the project, their inspirations and how they brought their visions into reality.
"Honor" will coincide with El Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, commonly celebrated in Mexico and parts of the United States. In addition to elements from the traditional Mexican observance, students will draw on Chinese and Japanese traditions, which incorporate elements of Buddhism, Shinto, Taoism and other influences.
Family Day activities are included in regular admission. The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park 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 $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.