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Educator Summer Institute

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Educator Summer Institute

Weaving Themes: Exploring the Intersections in history, art and the environment.

Be the first to explore the new Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center, home of the Witte Museum's collection South Texas artifacts, documents and art--our place of study for these three exciting days.

Grades K -12 • Fee: $60 per day or $150 for all three days • 6 CPE Hours per day
Tuesday – Thursday, June 19 – 21 • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Our lead exhibition for this institute, the Wild and Vivid Land: Stories of South Texas, presents us with stories that pave the way for our exploration of history, science and art and how people have lived, worked and survived in a wild and vivid place. In the mornings we will explore exhibits and participate in content discussions with scholars and guest experts followed by afternoons of hands-on activities, preview of student programs and classroom resources.

Tuesday, June 19                            
Stories of South Texas

Early 19th century San Antonio was a diverse city of Native Americans, European immigrants, Tejanos and Mexicans living in a cultural mix that served as backdrop for a growing economic hub! Captured in the art of William Samuels’ plaza paintings and Thomas Allen’s Market Plaza San Antonio was the place to be.  Meet Bruce Shackelford, Brown Foundation Curator for a colorful discussion about South Texas history and way of life in the 19th century. Then, take a dynamic “behind-the-scenes” look at the vast South Texas collection including a visit to the future Research and Collections Center with Witte Museum Curator of Collections Amy Fulkerson. 

Wednesday, June 20                     
Land, Water, Life: The Impact of Humans on the Land

From the dry dessert of the west to the South Texas Plains to the Gulf Coast, the inhabitants of this land have, for thousands of years, sustained life in a variety of rich environments.  As we move into the 21st century how can we ensure sustainability of our environments that have grown fragile in the face of human impact. Dr. Chris Mosely and Noah Telarico from the Texas Energy Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Texas at San Antonio will lead us through a discussion of environmental education while finding the connections to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in social studies.

Thursday, June 21
Looking at Art; Learning to Think

How can we teach about history, science and the environment by studying the paintings from the Witte Texas Art Collection?  Can looking at art help us teach about thinking? Stroll through the new Russell Hill Rogers Texas Art Gallery to view the sites - the landscapes, the plazas, the people at work, at rest and play.  Then take a journey with museum staff educators to look deeply into the works of art and going beyond the looking to the thinking about the history, the environment and the people of South Texas.