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As state evolves, so should Institute of Texan Cultures

FEBRUARY 12, 2021 — The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, or ITC, is a cherished resource. It has the only museum of its kind devoted entirely to preserving and sharing the rich cultural history of Texas and Texans. The institute began its important work at the 1968 World’s Fair, where...

UTSA receives $5 million Mellon grant for racial justice efforts

JANUARY 15, 2021 — UTSA has been awarded a three-year, $5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the university’s community partnerships in advancing racial justice. The grant, administered through the Mellon Just Futures Initiative, supports visionary, unconventional, experimental and groundbreaking projects that address the long-existing fault lines of...

Lightnin’ Hopkins and Texas Blues

Sam Hopkins was born in Centerville, Texas, in 1912. When he was eight years old, a chance meeting with foundational bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson at a church social was the beginning of a decades-long career. With his mentor, Hopkins began playing local picnics and evening gigs, working on a...

Robert Gonzales, multimedia designer II

By James Benavides, senior communications specialist JANUARY 22, 2021— Robert Gonzales made a great first impression when he was introduced to the team via Zoom: An authentic HemisFair ’68 poster hung amid the artwork on his home office wall. That kind of tribute to San Antonio’s heritage, combined with...

Jenny Gonzalez, web developer

By James Benavides, senior communications specialist JANUARY 22, 2021—Jenny Gonzalez joins the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures as its new web developer, helping to manage and sustain a digital infrastructure for the museum. With a BFA in computer graphics design from the University of the Incarnate Word and an...

Angie Hernandez, development assistant

By James Benavides, senior communications specialist DECEMBER 7, 2020 — Angie Hernandez knows how to put on a production. After serving as stage manager and special events coordinator at Sea World San Antonio and in the nonprofit sector with Catholic Charities before that, Angie Hernandez joins the team as...

Vinny Genco, Operations Specialist

By James Benavides, senior communications specialist DECEMBER 7, 2020 —Vinny Genco joined the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures on Sept. 1, 2020, and comes to the ITC after three years as an event coordinator with UTSA Campus Services. Genco made all the arrangements for guests to park on campus...

Behind-the-Scenes Work Continues

OCTOBER 27, 2020 — While the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures has been closed to museum patrons over the last six months, staff have been actively engaging in behind-the-scenes work both on and off-site to help advance the museum toward reopening safely and securely to the public. A clean-up...

An Endless Connection

An Endless Connection is an interactive exhibit where you explore the cultural significance of Día de los Muertos through its history, traditions, and coming to understand how it connects communities together with those who have passed on; not in a tone of sorrow, but one of remembrance and joy,...


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