Institute of Texan Cultures receives Smithsonian Community Grant

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Institute of Texan Cultures receives Smithsonian Community Grant to Support IndiVisible exhibit programming


The Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by MetLife Foundation, is a proud sponsor of these public programs.

Image: The elder man in Comanche traditional clothing is Ta-Ten-e-quer. His wife, Ta-Tat-ty, also wears Comanche clothing. Their niece (center) is Wife-per, also known as Frances E. Wright. Her father was a Buffalo Soldier who deserted and married into the Comanches. Henry (center left) and Lorenzano (center right) are the sons of Frances, who married an African American man.
The Institute of Texan Cultures has received a $5,000 grant from the Smithsonian Community Grant program to assist in the development and implementation of programming to be held in conjunction with the Smithsonian traveling exhibition, "IndiVisible: African-Native Lives in the Americas."
The Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by MetLife Foundation and administered by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), is used to strengthen the connections between museums nationwide and their communities. The grants allow exhibitors to enhance current program offerings or to create a new program suited to the topic of the SITES exhibition that they will be hosting.
"This is an excellent opportunity to encourage our exhibitors to engage their audiences in new and exciting ways," said Anna R. Cohn, SITES director. "We are pleased with this tremendous show of support from MetLife Foundation and we recognize the impact that their support will have for museums and their visitors."
With November being American Indian Heritage Month, the Institute of Texan Cultures is celebrating with an IndiVisible family day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 3. The event will feature retired social studies teacher and award-winning performer Clifton Fifer, a Black Mescalero Apache. Fifer will perform original Native and African poetry and lead the audience in sing-alongs that blend Native American and Christian music. His performances will call on the audience to participate in the musical selections using drums, flutes and rattles.
Additionally, the event will include a moderated discussion led by Shirley Mock, Ph.D., an expert on the Black Seminole cultures discussed in the exhibit. Joining the panel will be Black Seminoles William and Ethel Warrior; William, an expert on Black Seminole Scouts, and Ethel on traditional food ways.
Family day activities will be held at the museum, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., and included with regular admission: $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. The IndiVisible exhibit will run from Sept. 15 to Nov. 25. Regular museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
The Institute of Texan Cultures serves as the forum for the understanding and appreciation of Texas and Texans through research, collections, exhibits, and programs. A Smithsonian Affiliate, the museum is a component of The University of Texas at San Antonio.
The Smithsonian Community Grant program awards up to $5,000 based on criteria that each exhibitor must meet. For more information on Smithsonian Community Grants, visit or email
The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for 60 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. For more information, including exhibition descriptions and tour schedules, visit
MetLife Foundation was established by MetLife to carry on its longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Grants are made to support health, educational, civic and cultural organizations and programs. Recognizing the vital role museums play in building communities and educating young people, MetLife Foundation supports initiatives to increase opportunities and access and reach broader audiences through inclusive programming. For more information about the Foundation, visit




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