San Antonio (Feb 3, 2014) – Gallery 23 at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s University Center, in collaboration with the UTSA Student Leadership Center and the UTSA Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion, will host “The Exploration: Exploring Social Justice for All,” an exhibition of student photographs from UTSA’s 2014 Civil Rights and Social Justice Trip. Free and open to the public, the exhibit runs from February 10 through May 16, 2014. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, February 12, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Gallery 23.
The Student Leadership Center traveled with 41 students across four states to participate in The Exploration Trip. This program allows for UTSA students to leave the state of Texas and become immersed in the history of the Civil Rights Movement, as well as current social justice issues, and return to UTSA more aware and motivated to become impactful in their community. The trip takes students from San Antonio, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana, Birmingham, Alabama and then onto Memphis, Tennessee. Students visit historical markers such as the 9th Ward, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, and the National Civil Rights Museum. The trip is followed up with students participating in the MLK March back in San Antonio. Students learn through documentaries, reflection papers, group discussions, and presentations from guest speakers and activists.
About Gallery 23
Gallery 23 serves a vital role in creating a vibrant campus community by offering cultural enrichment, enhancing diversity on campus, and providing an educational opportunity to explore the arts. The gallery serves as a professional space to showcase student, staff, faculty, alumni, and local artists’ works. Operating hours are Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gallery 23 takes its name from its room number—UC 1.02.23.
About the UTSA Student Leadership Center
The mission of the UTSA Student Leadership Center is to facilitate and provide intentional and purposeful leadership encounters through education, engagement, and experience. The UTSA Student Leadership Center consistently supports and transforms student leaders through a broad variety of experiences and opportunities, to develop awareness regarding global issues, and to unite people and resources in an environment that fosters education, innovation, and lifelong action. We value innovation and the continuous learning of leadership philosophies for the enhancement of personal development and growth. We value collaboration and partnership with UTSA and surrounding community members in order to initiate positive change. We value social responsibility through active participation and leadership on local, regional, and global levels.
About the UTSA Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion
The Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion provides various opportunities to celebrate, explore, and learn about diverse cultures and peoples. Through experiential events, special events, trainings, presentations and workshops, students have opportunities to become competent about a variety of cultural and identity groups, including their own.