FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2013 update
San Antonio Launches the Broadway Reach –
a Cultural Collaboration Between Seven Prime Institutions
Linked by Broadway Street
The Broadway Reach officially kicks-off June 6-9 with a community weekend and joint ticketing.
SAN ANTONIO–The Broadway Reach is comprised of the Brackenridge Park Conservancy, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio Children’s Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio Zoo and the Witte Museum—vital institutions along Broadway that share a common goal of bringing education, culture and entertainment to our community. These organizations unite in the creation of the Broadway Reach, a cultural destination linked by Broadway Street, offering an exciting mixture of activities for San Antonio’s residents and visitors.
A press conference will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Mahncke Park (3400 Broadway) with City of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and the Broadway Reach institutions’ directors to officially announce the public launch of the Broadway Reach June 6-9 with a community weekend and joint ticketing.
This four-day celebration features entertainment and family programming at each institution and the opportunity to purchase the Broadway Reach pass, a low-cost joint ticket available in adult and child rates granting general admission for a seven-day period to all seven institutions for one affordable price!
The Broadway Reach is a regional destination encompassing a wide array of opportunities to enjoy art, history, nature and more. The initiative seeks to promote collaboration among the city’s cultural institutions and improve the quality of life for our citizens.
Activity details offered June 6-9 are outlined in the following pages. The Broadway Reach pass will be available at visitor centers June 1 and, beginning June 6, online at www.BroadwayReach.org and at each institution. Cost is $44 for adults and $22 for children (12 and younger); and allow general admission into each museum within a seven day time period.
About the Brackenridge Park Conservancy
Brackenridge Park, open 5 a.m.-11 p.m. daily, is one of San Antonio's most accessible, relaxing and varied recreational destinations, where visitors can enjoy activities ranging from golf and bird watching to lunch at the Japanese Tea Garden and a train ride. The park encompasses the San Antonio Zoo and the Witte Museum. The Brackenridge Park Conservancy was created to be a steward of and an advocate for the park and an instrument for preserving and enhancing the park's natural, historic, educational and recreational resources for the enjoyment of current and future generations. The Conservancy works to identify the park's assets and increase available resources – volunteers, expertise, and funding, while offering a variety of educational and recreational programming during the year, most at no charge. For more information go to www.BrackenridgePark.org.
About the McNay
Built by artist and educator Marion Koogler McNay in the 1920s, the Spanish Colonial Revival residence opened as Texas's first museum of modern art in 1954. Today more than 100,000 visitors a year enjoy works by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, & Pierre-Auguste Renoir. In June 2008, the museum opened the 45,000-square-foot Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions designed by internationally renowned French architect Jean-Paul Viguier. The site of major exhibitions, the Stieren Center also includes outdoor sculpture galleries. www.mcnayart.org
About the San Antonio Botanical Garden
Cultivate yourself at this 38-acre botanical garden in the heart of San Antonio. Explore the futuristic glass conservatory or walk the Texas Native Trail for a close-up encounter with the beautiful world of plants. Old fashion perennial gardens, an extensive cactus and succulent garden, and WaterSaver demonstration gardens show the importance of climate friendly landscaping. Arts, culture, and educational programming thrive at this family-oriented destination. www.sabot.org
About the San Antonio Children’s Museum
Through joyful learning and discovery, the San Antonio Children’s Museum grows minds, connects families and transforms communities. In its 18th year as a premier educational resource, we develop innovative thinkers capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century. Children ages 0-10 years of age, parents and caregivers can apply the skills outside the classroom through interactive, hands-on programming. www.sakids.org
About the San Antonio Museum of Art
The San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) sits on a lovely bend of the San Antonio River’s Museum Reach, a five-minute walk from The Pearl Brewery complex. The museum displays an encyclopedic collection covering 5,000 years of art from around the world. SAMA is a community gathering place offering over 300 programs a year including gallery talks, family activities, films, musical performances, art history lectures, book symposium and sketching classes. The museum’s terrace restaurant overlooks the river. www.samuseum.org
About the San Antonio Zoo
The San Antonio Zoo is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the highest standard of care for its animal and plant collections while offering a recreational and educational experience to over one million guests. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is open 365 days a year. Admission for children ages 3 – 11 is $9.50. Admission for visitors ages 12 and older is $12.00 Seniors over the age of 62 pay a discounted rate of $9.50 and children two and younger are free. Family memberships are $70 and good for the entire family. www.sazoo.org
About the Witte Museum
Located on the banks of the beautiful San Antonio River in Brackenridge Park, the Witte Museum promotes lifelong learning through innovative exhibitions, programs and collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage. Founded in 1926, the Witte Museum boasts historic artifacts, Texas art, textiles, dinosaur bones, cave drawings, wildlife dioramas, the H-E-B Science Treehouse, blockbuster traveling exhibits. Experience the legendary history of South Texas in the newly opened South Texas Heritage Center featuring Davy Crockett’s fiddle, Sam Houston’s sash, a Colt Walker revolver, live gallery theater in a river-front amphitheater and more! www.wittemuseum.org
Broadway Reach Community Weekend
June 6-9 Launch Activities
Broadway Reach institutions offer special programs from June 6 to 9.
Performance: Rockwell Sings America
San Antonio Children’s Museum
Thursday, June 6, 1-4 p.m.
Families will have an opportunity to explore Monet’s Haystacks series and create their own “haystacks”. While using paper to create, families will learn the significance of artists using warm and cool colors in artwork. This activity will be an ongoing art activity from 1pm – 4pm in our new Artist’s Square
Refraction in Action
Saturday, June 8, workshops at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Families will have the opportunity to learn about refraction through a hands-on science workshop that educates guests about the wonders of light and the visible spectrum. Activities will include prism exploration, rainbow windows, disappearing spheres, and a spectrum light show that are sure to make you look twice! The museum will be offering workshops at 1:00 P.M. and 2:00 P.M. Space is limited. First come, first served.
San Antonio Botanical Garden
Wild About Flowers
Friday, June 7, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
With bright summer blooms and old-fashioned favorites, the Garden is a colorful floral paradise. Come learn about nectar guides, pollination triggers and floral adaptations on this day of colorful family fun! We'll dissect and compare different kinds of flowers, create showy, textured Chirigi-e Art and playful Pollination Fortune Tellers, and explore the Garden on a wildflower scavenger hunt. Included with general admission to the Garden.
Dinosaur Family Day
Feathers, Fossils and Fun!
Saturday, June 8, 1-4 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of dino delights! Make your own masks and casts; discover claws, teeth and spikes; plus, bring your own collection and speak with fossil experts to find out more. Included with museum general admission.
Sunday Jazz at the Witte: Philip Marshall’s Estuary
Sunday, June 9, 3-6 p.m.
Join us for Sunday Jazz at the Witte, an outdoor concert in the shady Will Smith Amphitheater along the beautiful San Antonio River. Come early with the entire family, bring a blanket or lawn chair and stake out a spot to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of jazz. Food and beverages available for purchase provided by Picante Grill. No outside food or drink, please. Museum galleries close at 5 p.m. Sunday Jazz is included with museum general admission, and is free for Witte and KRTU members.
San Antonio Zoo
World Oceans Day
Saturday, June 8
Join YOUR San Antonio Zoo as we partner with AZA and The Ocean Project to celebrate World Oceans Day! On Saturday June 8, 2013 from 10am-2pm we will have activities throughout the zoo that develop awareness and encourage the protection of our ocean and its inhabitants.
Sunday, June 9
Throughout the day.
San Antonio Museum of Art
Family Flicks film series (West Courtyard)
Saturday, June 8, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Special performances and art activities will begin one hour prior to screening time; film begins promptly at sundown. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. During inclement weather the film is screened in the auditorium. Family Flicks is a new outdoor film series in collaboration with Slab Cinema and held every second Saturday. Free with museum admission
Brackenridge Park Conservancy
Natural Resources in Brackenridge Park Family Tour
Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m.-Noon
Meet at Joske Pavilion. Guided walking tour highlighting the abundant natural resources of Brackenridge Park and their use during pre-historic and historic periods. Appropriate for families with school-age children. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat or sunscreen. Free.
Self-Guided Family Tours
Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9
Download "Natural Resources in Brackenridge Park" and "Historic Brackenridge Park" from our website (www.BrackenridgePark.org/VisitUs). Free.