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KSAT Community resource guide: How to help nonprofits in San Antonio or find city services you can support or use
KSAT Community is partnering with local nonprofits to help San Antonians recover from the aftermath of the winter storm last week. San Antonio Food BankThe San Antonio Food Bank provides food to those in need. San Antonio Humane SocietyThe San Antonio Humane Society campuses need repair after several pipes burst due to the winter storm. AdHelp save a life in the KSAT Community blood driveUniversity Health has rescheduled the upcoming KSAT Community blood drive to run March 1-2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Witte Museum. AdThe San Antonio Water Systems CPR program is now taking applications.
Witte Museum installs virus-killing air filters ahead of spring break
SAN ANTONIO – The Witte Museum installed a state of the art HVAC system in 2017 with the “New Witte” expansion. This HVAC upgrade installed by Shafer with the new air purification system is improving the H-E-B Body Adventure, making the visiting space safer during the coronavirus pandemic. Museum officials on Tuesday said the new system can reduce 99.4% of COVID-19 air particles within 30 minutes of use. “The air purification systems use ionization and UV light to reduce virus particles, making The Witte Museum one of the city’s most advanced attractions and cultural institutions as far as pandemic health precautions,” the release states. Read also: Witte Museum unveils first traveling exhibit of 2021 ‘The Machine Inside: Biomechanics’
KSAT Kids: San Antonio teacher uses TikTok to teach math; Witte Museum has new science exhibit; You can be on TV!
KSAT Kids got an inside look, and you can read about it or watch a video here. AdFor those students still seeking additional schooling help, the San Antonio Public Library continues to offer resources to help with their lessons. A San Antonio based teacher is making moves on TikTok to help students retain math equations and keep them logging in to her virtual class. (KSAT)Do you know of a classroom or school that is doing amazing work and deserves to be featured in KSAT Kids? Witte Museum unveils first traveling exhibit of 2021 ‘The Machine Inside: Biomechanics’Want to help make San Antonio more earth-friendly?
KSAT Community blood drive with University Health moved to March 1-2 due to inclement weather
SAN ANTONIO – Due to inclement weather, University Health has rescheduled the upcoming KSAT Community blood drive from Feb. 18-19 to March 1-2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.“Our priority is for the health and safety of our community, and with this unprecedented weather we decided to reschedule the blood donation drive,” said Debra Serna, manager of blood donor services at University Health. We and our partners, the Witte and KSAT Community, look forward to a successful event in early March.”KSAT Community partner, University Health is encouraging the community of San Antonio to make a difference and help donate blood. AdAccording to University Health, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and nearly 21 million blood products are transfused each year. Every time one donor gives blood, they are able to help University Health save three lives. KSAT Community operates in partnership with University Health, Energy Transfer and Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union.
Witte Museum unveils first traveling exhibit of 2021 ‘The Machine Inside: Biomechanics’
The Witte Museum is celebrating its first traveling exhibit of the new year and it takes a closer look at the nuts and bolts of the natural world. It’s called “The Machine Inside: Biomechanics” and it traveled from Chicago’s Field Museum. Pumps, motors, thick jaws and much more allow visitors to learn about how every machine in human bodies, plants and even animals have a function. All the information presented in The Machine Inside: Biomechanics is presented in both English and Spanish, allowing for more visitors to learn about science. AdStaff will help enforce the use of facial masks and social distancing throughout the exhibit and museum.
Texas marks 2 million vaccines during virus’ deadliest month
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)Texas has now administered more than 2 million COVID-19 vaccinations, state health officials said Thursday, and the new Biden administration could help determine who’s next in line. But Texas surpassed the milestone for doses while lurching toward the end of the state’s deadliest month of the pandemic. Of the more than 35,000 reported COVID-19 deaths in Texas, more than 1 in 5 have come in January. But Imelda Garcia, who chairs the state panel that recommends vaccine prioritization for Texas’ nearly 30 million residents, said the Biden administration may make some changes that they’ll want to consider for the next phase. AdGarcia said Texas is “not satisfied” with the supply of vaccines and did not hint at what groups might be eligible next.
Witte Museum hopes to survive pandemic with ‘Not Out of the Woods Yet’ recovery fund
SAN ANTONIO – Known for teaching and inspiring South Texans through experiences in nature, science, and culture for nearly 100 years, the Witte museum hopes they can continue to do so. “Our calculated revenue loss for this year is between three and four million dollars, that’s a combination of membership, admissions, donations, and it’s a lot,” Marise McDermott, CEO & President Witte Museum said. But the museum still needs the community’s help -- which is why they currently have the Not Out of the Woods Yet Recovery fund. Another hit the Witte has taken is the revenue from its weddings and events which have been canceled since March. “It’s an almost 100-year-old gather place,” McDermott said.
Explore Fiesta couture “Behind the Seams” at the Witte Museum – The Rattler
The annual Fiesta San Antonio event has grown to having over 70,000 attendees and more than 7,000 volunteers at the festival. The Witte Museum is hosting its Fiesta Couture exhibit through Nov. 29. Fiesta San Antonio describes the event “Founded by San Antonio businessmen and community leaders in 1909. ‘Fiesta Couture: Behind the Seams’ will give visitors a look into this unique art of storytelling through clothing that makes the Order of the Alamo such a well-loved part of Fiesta San Antonio. As with any outing these days, if planning to visit the Witte Museum, be sure to social distance, wear a mask and sanitize frequently.stmurattlernews.com
Take an inside look at Witte Museum’s repository and fossil collection
COVID-19 has led to several planned excavation digs to be sidelined or postponed, but the Witte Museum is doing what they can to stay in discovery mode. Witte Museum fossil image. (KSAT)Dr. Adams gave KSAT12 an inside look at the secret Witte Museum repository. So labs are just so important to do paleontology,” Dr. Thomas said. And so, as an example, this year we went out and spent a few days collecting some Mosasaurus fossils,” Dr. Thomas said.
San Antonio's Witte Museum now offering live distance learning programs
click image Twitter / WitteMuseumBoth standard and enhanced programming are. New this fall, teachers can now bring the Witte Museum to their classrooms and students' homes.Held live over Zoom, the museum's Distance Learning programming provides opportunities for local students "to connect and learn about nature, science and culture," according to the Witte's website . As with traditional in-person programming, a Witte Museum Educator will teach and guide students through various lessons and activities in their session.Offerings include subjects ranging from human biology to the archeology to Texas geology for students K-12.Standard programming consists of 45-minute lessons including a Q&A with the Witte Museum Educator and downloadable materials. Enhanced engagement programming provides hands-on activity kits and printed materials for each student.Special programming options include Gallery Theater presentations, bringing studies to life through performance, and the program Connecting to Collections, in which students get a behind-the-scenes look at how Witte curators tell the stories of history.Along with virtual programming, the Witte is still offering in-person programming at the Museum with modifications to adhere to city and CDC safety guidelines.sacurrent.com
Witte Museum offers after school program for kids
SAN ANTONIO – The Witte Museum is offering a new in-person after school program for kids that will focus on museum explorations and outdoor play, a press release said Wednesday. The parent-free program is for children ages 6-12 and will offer the opportunity to discover nature, science, and culture. “In a time of distance learning, the Witte Team recognizes the importance of being outside and learning with others, in a safe space,” remarked Helen Holdsworth, Chief of Engagement at the Witte Museum. “The Witte Adventurers offers a flexible, fun and educational program that will include full exploration of the Witte and plenty of time outside, including some hikes into Brackenridge Park!”“Witte Adventurers” is available select Mondays through Thursdays during the fall season from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the museum said. For more information about Witte Adventurers, you can visit the Witte Museum website by clicking here.
Witte Museum unearths $250,000 grant to help collect, maintain fossils
Witte Museum unearths $250,000 grant to help collect, maintain fossilsPublished: August 31, 2020, 12:49 pmThere are excavations going on throughout the year, and now, thanks to a new grant, the Witte Museum will be able to find so much more.
Witte Museum receives $250,000 grant for conservation, preservation of fossils
Witte Museum receives $250,000 grant for conservation, preservation of fossilsPublished: August 31, 2020, 12:25 pmThere are excavations going on throughout the year, and now, thanks to a new grant, the Witte Museum will be able to find so much more.
As seen on SA Live - Monday, July 27, 2020
San Antonio – If you still want to get your Fiesta fix this year, you can at the Witte Museum’s annual Fiesta exhibition! We take you to The Point Park and Eats food truck park that has been changing with the times, but still serving amazing meals and drinks. We want to know what funny or strange habits did you pick up from your parents? SA Live airs weekdays at 1 p.m. on KSAT 12. Stream the show anytime from the KSAT TV app on Roku, Fire Stick, your smart TV or your smartphone.
Witte Museum Camp goes virtual amid COVID-19 pandemic
SAN ANTONIO While the Witte Museum made the decision to suspend in-person camps through June, the summer camp will still go on in a new way. Each camper who is signed up will receive a Witte Box of Wonders, which will have everything they need to complete multiple projects and experiments. Each day, campers will virtually connect with the Witte Musuem Camp team to go over each activity. If it is safe to do so, the Witte Museum will host a Camp Field Day for campers and their families to come to the Witte and participate in fun activities. To learn more, visit the Witte Museum website.
Witte Museum ‘Fiesta Couture: Behind the Seams’ exhibit to showcase coronation gowns
SAN ANTONIO – The fate of Fiesta 2020 remains in limbo due to San Antonio’s surging COVID-19 case count, but fans can still take in the tradition at an upcoming exhibit. The Witte Museum will open the “Fiesta Couture: Behind the Seams” exhibit on Saturday, shining a light on the art and skill that go into the making of the dresses worn in the Coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo. City to make announcement on Fiesta this week, mayor saysAccording to the Witte, the annual event is organized around a theme that is selected two years in advance. The exhibit is included in the museum admission. Fiesta was postponed in the spring as the city saw the first impacts of the coronavirus crisis.
Witte Museum reopens July 1 with added safety protocols for guests
SAN ANTONIO San Antonios Witte Museum closed to the public a second time during the coronavirus pandemic over the weekend, but will reopen its doors again Wednesday. Katye Brought, Witte Musem vice president of communications, told KSAT the museum will be limited to 25% capacity and that all hands-on areas are temporarily closed. During this pandemic era, it is essential to reassess how to be open, regularly, president and CEO of the Witte Museum Marise McDermott said. In regard to the temporary reclosure of the museum, McDermott said, we are taking the two days to pause and ask what can be done better. To read more on the Witte Museums commitment to the community and additional safety measures being taken on campus, click here.
Two San Antonio museums close their doors as COVID-19 cases spike
SAN ANTONIO Both the Witte Museum and the DoSeum will be closing their doors as COVID-19 cases continue to spike across San Antonio and Bexar County. The Witte Museum announced its temporary closure Sunday, and officials said the building will be closed until Tuesday of next week. Due to the Emergency Alert regarding COVID-19, the Witte Museum will close end of business, Sunday, June 28 through Tuesday, June 30, 2020, The Witte said in a statement. On Saturday, San Antonio and Bexar County reported its highest number of COVID-19 cases in a single day at 795 additional cases. For more information on the Witte Museum, click here.
Witte Museum brings back ‘Ode to Juneteenth’ play to rotation of theater performances
SAN ANTONIO – The Witte Museum on Friday announced that the play “Ode to Juneteenth” will be brought back as part of the Gallery Theater performances that will be shown this fall. The play, written by nationally renowned playwright Eugene Lee, was first shown in 2018 as part of the Witte’s “Confluence and Culture: 300 Years of San Antonio History”. The museum said they were bringing the play back in celebration of Juneteenth. According to a press release, “Ode to Juneteenth” follows Emancipation Jones, who begins the play by illuminating and commemorating Juneteenth in San Antonio by the reading of General Order No. The daily schedule of Gallery Theater and daily demonstrations can be found on both the Witte’s website and their app.
Witte, Briscoe, and Pacific War Museums Set to Reopen
Greg Abbotts April 27 announcement that Texas museums could officially reopen May 1, most San Antonio institutions chose to remain cautious. Now that enough time has passed to allow for preparations, at least three museums have announced reopening plans: the Witte Museum, the Briscoe Western Art Museum, and the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg. Witte MuseumReopening is old hat for the Witte Museum. Briscoe Western Art MuseumThe Briscoe Western Art Museum responded quickly to the citywide closure by moving its annual Night of Artists exhibition and sale online, which has been extended through July 26. Credit: Scott Ball / Rivard ReportAs goes Fredericksburg, so goes the museum, Hattori said.therivardreport.com
Witte Museum announces May 30 as date of reopening
Witte Museum announces May 30 as date of reopeningPublished: May 6, 2020, 1:01 pmAlthough Gov. Greg Abbott announced at the end of April that museums would be a part of phase one of Texas’ reopening post COVID-19, museums like the Witte Museum has kept their doors closed.
Witte Museum announces May 30 as date of reopening
“We were not ready to (open) for the safety of our wonderful Witte team and the safety of our wonderful Witte visitors and our families,” Marise McDermott, president and CEO of the Witte Museum said. All interactive exhibits and audio components will be removed from the Witte Museum. The Witte Museum’s “Reopening Task Force” has announced the safety measures that will be installed including plexiglass protectors, six-foot-distance markers and the removal of interactive exhibits. “For our reopening, the Witte Museum Reopening Task Force reached out to museums all over the world. Click here for Witte Museum admission.
San Antonio’s Witte Museum won’t reopen May 1 despite green light from Gov. Abbott
SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: This story was published through a partnership between the San Antonio Business Journal and KSAT. Texas museums will be allowed to reopen beginning Friday as part of the first phase of Gov. Greg Abbott’s reopening of select businesses across the state, but at least one of San Antonio’s more popular museum’s plans to take more time to prepare before opening. “The Witte Museum is not quite ready to open safely,” the nearly 100-year-old institution said in a statement hours after Abbott unveiled his plan on Monday. Read more at the San Antonio Business Journal.
‘Witte Where You Are’: A virtual museum experience
SAN ANTONIO – The Witte Museum’s doors may be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get inside! According to an early press release, “Witte Where You Are” will offer online content from Witte Museum curators and educators featuring the Witte’s award-winning camp, demonstration and school program curriculum, as well as behind-the-scenes tours. The press release said the majority is video content, but almost every video will have additional activities and other educational resources that people can do at home. The “Witte Where You Are” content can found via Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and the museum’s web page. More educational content can found on KSAT Kids:
Have Your Bugs and Eat Them Too at Special Witte Museum Dinner This Month
For morbidly curious picky eaters that still wish to attend, there will be non-insect items available to eat as well. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com
Celebrate Valentines Day with Live Music, Basura Bash, and Romeo and Juliet This Weekend
With Presidents Day on Monday, many San Antonians will have a three-day weekend to celebrate Valentines Day. Field Trip San Antonio Botanical GardenThis Valentines Day, Audubon Societys Karen Moulder leads a bird-watching tour through the San Antonio Botanical Garden; meet her at the entrance to the gardens. $0-$12All You Need is Love Valentines PartyDidnt make Valentines Day plans? The Good Kind Southtown, 1127 S. St. Marys St.FreeArt Party: Galentines DayCelebrate Valentines Day the right way with your gals! The Walleys hold Valentines Day dear to their hearts, as they shared their first kiss, got engaged, and were married on Valentines Days over the years.therivardreport.com
Witte Museum's 'Backyard Adventures' Will Show Us the Secrets of Nature That are Right Under Our Noses
With spring right around the corner, the Witte Museum is unveiling a new exhibition that's all about the outdoors. "Backyard Adventures" which opens on Saturday, February 15 is for those who want to explore and analyze all the wonders that lurk beyond the everyday back patio. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current.sacurrent.com
San Antonio's Art Museums Weigh in on Dolly Parton's Social Media Meme
click image Instagram / sama_artSan Antonio's most prestigious art institutions are getting in on the latest viral meme.It all started on Tuesday, when Dolly Parton posted a collage on her various accounts contrasting how she'd show herself off on four social media platforms, with the caption "Get you a woman who can do it all." Soon, celebs, influencers and internet denizens of all sorts started creating their own versions of the meme, whichhelpfully collated in a listicle for those of us too lazy to look them up ourselves.Well, it isn't just people who want in on the action. San Antonio's biggest art museums have drawn from their collections to create their own versions of the meme.The McNay Art Museum weighed in with a series of portraiture:While Ruby City gave us its best exterior angles:We're intrigued and a bit concerned that the Witte Museum chose a buffalo for its Tinder profile:But the winner here is clearly the San Antonio Museum of Art, who is here to say that they're not fucking around:Anyone that likes what they see can get a closer look by visiting the museums to check out these artworks in real life. We can attest that SAMA's Tinder pic Claudio Bravo's is quite the sight to behold IRL.sacurrent.com
Witte Museum hosts grand opening for new Day of the Dead exhibition
The Witte Museum held its grand opening of the Mythical Alebrijes Exhibition, which features life-size sugar skulls and alebrijes that were handcrafted for the museum ahead of the Day of the Dead... Copyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
Thinking of moving to Broadway Street? Check out these fun attractions
If you're looking to move close to downtown and still want that suburb community, Broadway Street offers great attractions for families and couples of all ages. Some places to visit on Broadway Street and close to the San Antonio staple are The DoSeum, Historic Pearl Brewers, the Witte Museum, San Antonio Zoo and Brackenridge Park. Historic Pearl BreweryThe Pearl has easily become one of the most popular destinations in San Antonio for both locals and tourists. The San Antonio Zoo offers activities for kids featuring giraffe feeding, a zoo train, Lory Landing, a flamingo mingle and a behind the scenes experience with tortoises and hippos. If you're looking for a sit-down restaurant with your family on Broadway Street, Good Time Charlie's has been a staple on Broadway Street for 40 years.
San Antonio Museums to Offer Reciprocal Admission for 3rd Annual Museum Month
click to enlarge Courtesy of the San Antonio Museum of Artclick image Dror Baldinger FAIAOctober isn't just for spooks, y'all it's also a great chance to get a hefty dose of culture. Starting next week, 15 local museums will offer free general admission for two to anyone who's a member of one the participating organizations.Unsurprisingly, heavy-hitters like the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, Artpace San Antonio and Blue Star Contemporary are on the list, as well as the kid-centric DoSeum and Witte Museum plus outdoor destinations San Antonio Botanical Garden and San Antonio Missions Historical Park.Champing at the bit to visit Ruby City once it opens? The good news is it's also on the list.Got family or friends visiting from out of town in October? If so, they can also take advantage of free Museum Month admission if they're staying at one of Hilton's participating hotels.To make the commute easier, rides on VIVA bus routes 11, 40 and 301 will be fare-free each Saturday in October, and SWell Cycle is offering a $5 discount on day-pass rentals.sacurrent.com
WATCH LIVE: KSAT reporter rappels off downtown building for good cause
SAN ANTONIO - Japhne Gray is rappelling off the Embassy Suites Hotel to raise money for Boysville. Each person or group raised $1,000 to participate. Last year, officials said they did the jump for the first time and over 50 people participated, raising around $80,000. This year, Boysville is partnering with Witte Museum, hoping to raise $100,000. Copyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
How to help improve your child's relationship with technology
An expert on children's relationships with technology is coming to the Witte Museum to help educate parents and educators on young peoples habits with digital media at The DoSeum's 10th annual Outside the Lunchbox Luncheon. Dr. Devorah Heitner, the author of "Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World," is set to speak at the luncheon in October. She is applauded for translating the digital world "in ways that honor children and adults, and that offers a vision for nurturing sound judgment and independence as they grow." "Teachers, educators, parents, aunts and uncles -- if you have a kid in your life this is an event for you," said Elizabeth Marceau, event chair for Outside the Lunchbox Luncheon. Outside the Lunchbox LuncheonDate: Tuesday, Oct. 1Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dragons, unicorns and mermaids coming to San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO - Do dragons, unicorns and mermaids exist? It's an age-old question and the Witte Museum has an entire exhibition dedicated to the mythical creatures. Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids is a special traveling exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History. Misidentification, imagination and fear have all inspired tales of dragons, unicorns and mermaids throughout the centuries. Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids will be at the Witte Museum from Sept. 28 through Jan. 12 in the Kathleen and Curtis Gunn Gallery.