Institute of Texan Cultures Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s National Museum Day Live! Free Admission for All Participants
San Antonio Smithsonian Affiliate hosting IndiVisible exhibit from Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Services
SAN ANTONIO —On Saturday September 29, 2012, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will open its doors free of charge, along with over 1,400 other participating venues, for the eighth annual Museum Day Live! This immensely successful program, in which the ITC will emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities, encourages learning and the spread of knowledge nationwide.
Inclusive by design, Museum Day Live! fulfills Smithsonian Media’s mission to make cultural education accessible to everyone. For one day only, the Institute of Texan Cultures will grant free access to visitors who download a Museum Day Live! ticket at Smithsonian.com. Last year’s event drew over 350,000 museum-goers, and this year’s Museum Day Live! is expected to attract close to 400,000 participants.
“As a museum dedicated to telling the stories of Texas and Texans, and current hosts to Smithsonian’s IndiVisible: African-Native Lives in the Americas, we are pleased to take part in Museum Day Live!” said Angelica Docog, executive director at the Institute of Texan Cultures. “This exhibit from Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Service gives us a great insight into a rare and otherwise invisible part of our society: the intersection of African-American and Native American heritage. It’s a perfect fit to our mission, as we consider our multi-ethnic heritage and the story the Institute of Texan Cultures tells.”
In addition to IndiVisible, the Institute of Texan Cultures is currently exhibiting “Made in Texas,” highlighting the state’s contribution to the nation and world in technology, food ways, cultural contributions and consumer goods. “Timeless Texas Toys” shows the ingenuity of folk toys and the lessons they teach. “Bantu Eyez: Somali Bantu in Texas” is a photo essay from photographer Cristina J. Sanchez capturing many powerful stories through her portraits of Somali Bantu people living in San Antonio. Additionally, the museum features a main exhibit floor that tells the story of 26 unique cultures that came to Texas and helped build the state we know today.
The Museum Day Live! Ticket will be available to download beginning in August at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! Ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2012 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.
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. Regular 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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