ITC stakeholders discuss the Community Conversation process | UTSA Today | UTSA

UTSA will host the community conversation through July 12.

“This latest community conversation survey is our opportunity to participate in the three scenarios that the Steering Committee has developed for the future location of ITC,” he said. jamie kowalskimember of the ICT Centenary 2068 Steering Committee. Kowalski is the vice president of corporate relations for RK Group, one of the city’s renowned leaders in culinary and hospitality services and contract venue management. “Make sure your voice is heard.”

The steering committee report includes three feasible scenarios to advise UTSA leaders on the future of the ITC: relocate the ITC from the Texas Pavilion and Hemisfair district, relocate the ITC from the Texas Pavilion and remain in the Hemisfair district, or remain in the Texas Pavilion at its current location.

The report reflects the comprehensive process for community engagement that has guided the steering committee from the beginning. Throughout the fall of 2021 and through thoughtful discussions informed by expert resources, public input, and a diverse group of community and stakeholders, working groups explored different aspects of the ITC, including museum programming, outreach community and considerations regarding the institute’s site and facilities.

The steering committee held more than a dozen meetings to assess input received from the task force recommendations, additional public input and expert resources, and to develop actionable scenarios to present to UTSA leaders regarding the future of ITC.

Ultimately, input from the community will affect the roadmap that UTSA leadership lays out to navigate the future of ITC.

For member of the steering committee Andres Andujarit was his work on the project that reinforced the important role the public plays in determining ITC’s next 50 years.

“This effort crystallized for me the importance of ITC to Hemisfair and the community,” said Andujar, CEO of Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Co (HPARC). The local company is spearheading the redevelopment of the Hemisfair Park area, a planned project that focuses on breathing new life into the downtown area. Under Andujar’s leadership, HPARC helped develop Yanaguana Garden and welcomed the first residential development in the area, The ’68.

“The visualization process has been carried out with an open, transparent and ongoing dialogue with the participation of the community, including three community surveys, to ensure that all voices are heard and ideas are incorporated,” he added, about the process. ITC visionary.

Those not affiliated with the process to create the ITC of the future are also championing UTSA’s efforts to create a place that is accepted by the entire community.

“This is a unique opportunity for San Antonions to have an influential voice in shaping the future of ITC as the cornerstone of Texas history and culture,” he said. David listened, CEO of TechBloc, the local tech advocacy nonprofit that was created to attract and retain tech talent in San Antonio. “I support UTSA’s efforts and bold vision to think outside the box and reimagine what a future Institute of Texan Cultures would look like 50 years from now and beyond.”

As the steering committee laid out a vision for ITC, three key themes emerged: the institute’s location, its financial sustainability, and its programming. The steering committee used these themes as a framework to develop their preliminary scenarios. For each scenario, the steering committee defined the pros and cons so that San Antonions have a full picture of what the future might hold for ITC, both the opportunities and the challenges.

“The voice of the community is the first phase of reinventing this important beacon of culture: what do we want this museum of the future to look like and where should it live?” said Javier Paredeswho served in ICT Centenary 2068Land and Facilities Management Working Group, one of three working groups comprised of various community leaders with diverse backgrounds who brought their individual backgrounds and experiences to bear on a plan for ITC.

In particular, the land and facilities management working group considered how the ITC contributes to the vision of Hemisfair and the continued revitalization of downtown. Among the big issues the working group considered: how to ensure that ITC is the place to go to experience the rich mosaic of Texan cultures.

The experiences Paredes brought to his task force include his work as an urban designer with Alta Architects, the local firm formerly known as Muñoz & Co. Paredes has been involved in several planned projects, including the San Pedro Creek Cultural Park.

This multi-year, multi-million dollar project will ultimately span 2.2 miles through downtown, beginning at IH-35 at the entrance to the Santa Rosa Flood Tunnel and ending at the confluence of Alazan and Apache creeks at IH-35 toward the south, adding more than 60,000 linear feet of new walls, four miles of walking trails and 11 acres of landscaping along the way.

“We must continue to illuminate Texas history for future generations and expand awareness and appreciation of our unique cultural heritage by building on the power of research and storytelling of the institute through innovative programming, immersive technology and the exploration of topics in the intersection of culture and current affairs. events”, added Paredes about the ICT project. “Culture is the DNA of a community.”

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