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Commentary: What does a bold future mean for ITC | UTSA today | UTSA

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Three task forces brought together a diverse group of more than 40 industry and community leaders, each with a distinct set of expertise and experiences, who led the charge. The Museum of the Future Task Force envisioned a way for ITC to provide engaging and distinctive learning experiences for visitors and school children. The community engagement and sustainable support working group focused on deepening engagement to strengthen ITC’s impact. The Facilities and Land Stewardship Working Group reviewed the optimal internal/external physical space and ITC location to enhance the programmatic experience.

Although we are three different groups, we were surprised by the number of commonalities emerging from the respective work of each group.

Throughout the process, we deliberated with subject matter experts, reviewed consultant reports, had in-depth discussions, and solicited community feedback. Each working group engaged in a process that valued every voice. While the possibilities of our recommendations could have been very different, we found many areas of overlap in the final recommendations we presented for community feedback and to the steering committee for the second phase of the visioning process.

Above all, we recognize the need to create a revitalized and relevant ICT with interactive and immersive experiences, dining and retail options and a strong brand to generate community pride. Accessibility — for all ages and languages, to all spaces, to all exhibits and community activities, and to all modes of transportation — is essential.

We envision an ITC that is a welcoming and stimulating presence for local visitors and a sought-after attraction for visitors from around the world. We recognize the importance of ITC’s cultural festivals and recommend exploring more opportunities for cultural engagement activities that will bring additional visitors, revenue and exposure to support ITC.

Leveraging ITC’s central role in education and strengthening the connection with UTSA faculty, programming and resources will open up a wealth of opportunities for the community and for UTSA students and faculty. UTSA. Exploring partnerships and affiliations to celebrate cultural engagement will build a better ITC.

Many of our discussions focused on the facility known as the Texas Pavilion, the current home of ITC’s collections and the site of its cultural festivals for nearly 50 years. Although the Texas Pavilion, originally built for the 1968 World’s Fair, is renamed, it does not meet museum standards for maintaining exhibits and archives. The facility also lacks the technological capabilities to meet the needs of an immersive museum experience. The cost of meeting these needs is prohibitive.

Establishing a modern, highly visible and appropriately designed museum facility with flexible space to accommodate multiple functions and intensive use is crucial to taking ITC into the future. We believe ITC should stay downtown where it can be at the center of our community.