Institute of Texan Cultures http://tpr.org en Texas Folklife Festival: The Texas Melting Pot Condensed http://tpr.org/post/texas-folklife-festival-texas-melting-pot-condensed <p>The Texas Folklife Festival is coming this weekend and for those of you who have never been, festival Director Jo Ann Andera describes it like this: "It’s a coming together of communities to celebrate food, music and dance."</p><p>Forty of the cultures that make up Texas converge this weekend on the Institute of Texan Cultures to strut their cultural stuff. A big emphasis, as Andera notes, is food.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:36:33 +0000 Jack Morgan 32797 at http://tpr.org Texas Folklife Festival: The Texas Melting Pot Condensed Museums Offer Free Admission For Military Families This Summer http://tpr.org/post/museums-offer-free-admission-military-families-summer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's the fifth year for the <a href="http://bluestarfam.org/Programs/Blue_Star_Museums" target="_blank">Blue Star Museums Program</a>, the National Endowment for the Arts' collaboration with the Department of Defense and Blue Star Families.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ninety-nine museums in Texas are part of the 2014 program.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year’s program kicked off at the San Antonio Museum of Art last week.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 14:07:16 +0000 Eileen Pace 32432 at http://tpr.org Museums Offer Free Admission For Military Families This Summer Institute Of Texan Cultures Tips Their Hat To Fiesta http://tpr.org/post/institute-texan-cultures-tips-their-hat-fiesta <p></p><p>A new exhibit at the Institute of Texan Cultures captures San Antonians at their quirkiest. That exhibit is called Hats Off to Fiesta. I spoke to Diana Luis, who is a curatorial researcher at the ITC.</p><p>“Hats Off to Fiesta is pretty much a celebration of the different types of hats that individuals wear during Fiesta season" she explained. “Individuals show off their creative sides by adorning themselves with these amazing pieces of art on top of their heads.”</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:20:19 +0000 Jack Morgan 28475 at http://tpr.org Institute Of Texan Cultures Tips Their Hat To Fiesta Documentary Tells Chilling Story Of Race & Education In South Texas http://tpr.org/post/documentary-tells-chilling-story-race-education-south-texas <p>A new documentary called "Stolen Education" reveals a little-known South Texas story.&nbsp; It all started in the town of Driscoll. It was 1956 and a school there was doing something odd -- and illegal.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:19:21 +0000 Jack Morgan 27521 at http://tpr.org Documentary Tells Chilling Story Of Race & Education In South Texas Your Window To Asia Opens Saturday At The Institute Of Texan Cultures http://tpr.org/post/your-window-asia-opens-saturday-institute-texan-cultures <p>It comes around once a year, and when it does, San Antonio’s Asian population takes center stage.<br />The 27th annual Asian Festival is all in one day, and it happens on Saturday from 10 a.m.-5p.m. at the Institute of Texan Cultures.</p><p>"There’ll be stages for music and dance, there’ll be food vendors with authentic specialties from China and Japan, India, Laos and Cambodia, so many wonderful food opportunities," said ITC Senior Communications Specialist James Benavides.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:23:38 +0000 Jack Morgan 25913 at http://tpr.org Your Window To Asia Opens Saturday At The Institute Of Texan Cultures The Hidden History Inside The Institute Of Texan Cultures http://tpr.org/post/hidden-history-inside-institute-texan-cultures <p>If you follow the Tower of the Americas to its base, and look just to its southeast you’ll see a huge square building of odd design. It’s the Institute of Texan Cultures. It’s one of downtown’s most distinctive buildings, yet many San Antonians have never been there. In case you’ve never been, maybe it’s time.</p><p>"There are all kinds of wonderful, hidden stories here at the Institute," said James Benavides, the ITC’s senior communications specialist, and his job is to make those stories less hidden.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:05:04 +0000 Jack Morgan 25410 at http://tpr.org The Hidden History Inside The Institute Of Texan Cultures The Source: Mexico Tax Reforms Have Texas Implications | Fredericksburg Road Through History http://tpr.org/post/source-mexico-tax-reforms-have-texas-implications-fredericksburg-road-through-history <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p></p><p>An old joke among Mexican nationals is that San Antonio is the safest city in northern Mexico. But San Antonio will be immune to the recently approved <a href="http://www.economist.com/news/americas/21586337-tax-plan-dictated-politics-its-dogs-life" target="_blank">tax reforms</a> taking effect next month.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:27:02 +0000 Paul Flahive 22916 at http://tpr.org The Source: Mexico Tax Reforms Have Texas Implications | Fredericksburg Road Through History World War II's Aztec Eagles Take Flight Again At The Institute Of Texan Cultures http://tpr.org/post/world-war-iis-aztec-eagles-take-flight-again-institute-texan-cultures <p>If you dig deep into World War II’s history, you find obscure facts that somehow history has just forgotten to pass on. Well, here’s one for you: Mexican pilots fought alongside American ones in the Pacific theater.</p><p>As Bryan Howard, director of research, exhibits and collections at the Institute of Texan Cultures explains, they called them the "Aztec Eagles."</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 18:00:11 +0000 Jack Morgan 21526 at http://tpr.org World War II's Aztec Eagles Take Flight Again At The Institute Of Texan Cultures ITC Exhibits Vital Role Of Native American "Code Talkers" In War http://tpr.org/post/itc-exhibits-vital-role-native-american-code-talkers-war <p>The Institute of Texan Cultures is opening an exhibition called "Native Words, Native Warriors" on an obscure part of recent American history. In World War I and II, American forces needed to communicate secrets to one another. The problem was the enemy understood their language.</p><p>"The Germans were very good at English and also good at cryptography and breaking codes," said the exhibit’s curator, Dr. William Meadows.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:45:36 +0000 Jack Morgan 20446 at http://tpr.org ITC Exhibits Vital Role Of Native American "Code Talkers" In War Beloved Institute Of Texan Cultures Planning For The Future http://tpr.org/post/beloved-institute-texan-cultures-planning-future <p>For many San Antonians, there are certain places that immediately bring back the past.</p><p>That’s exactly what Angelica Docog, the new director of the <a href="http://www.texancultures.com/" target="_blank">Institute of Texan Cultures</a>, is hoping to change.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 16:21:36 +0000 Ryan Loyd 17794 at http://tpr.org Beloved Institute Of Texan Cultures Planning For The Future