SAN ANTONIO – The Institute of Texan Cultures has selected Craig Stinson as the institute's director of advancement. He assumed his new responsibilities June 22. Stinson will oversee the institute's fundraising efforts and membership services.
"We are pleased that Craig Stinson joins the Institute of Texan Cultures at this exciting point in our own history," said Tim Gette, executive director of the institute. "Craig will help us to become a tier one museum by directing our fundraising and membership programs, which will allow us to further the institute's mission of understanding and celebrating our cultural heritage."
Stinson has ties to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, on which the Texas Folklife Festival was modeled. He served in various capacities with the festival between 1990 and 1996. From 1999 to 2006, he was the director of folklife, traditional arts, and diversity issues at the South Carolina Arts Commission. Stinson comes to the Institute of Texan Cultures after two years at the Alamo, where he was the shrine's marketing and development manager since 2007.
"Craig has an excellent skill set for working with a museum's constituency and
pursuing UTSA's mandate of serving the public by preserving and presenting our history and cultures," Gette said.
Stinson's work with various museums and cultural entities made him a strong candidate. His background includes grant writing, fundraising, marketing, volunteer management and museum membership services. In his civic involvements, Stinson currently sits on the Board of Directors for the San Antonio Public Library Foundation.
"Texas has great pride in its cultural identity," said Stinson. "It's an honor to be affiliated with an institution that tells the story of who we are and where we came from. I'm thrilled to continue this mission. The institute has a distinguished history and a great potential for growth."
The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 851 E. Durango Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the Riverwalk. Regular hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. Admission is $8 for adults (12-64); $7 for seniors (65+); $6 for children (3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For additional information, call (210) 458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.