RISD Student Council returns from trip to see how the government really works

RHS STUCO students and sponsors on a recent visit to the state capital in Austin are (back row l-r) Wade McQueen-sponsor, Faith Torres, Vivica Munoz, Jacelyn Venegas, Marsha McQueen-sponsor, (front row) Karis Crossland , State Representative-Andrew Murr and Jesse Romero.

RISD Student Council returns from trip to see how the government really works

RISD’s Student Council (STUCO) recently returned from a 3-day trip (April 11th to 13th) to Austin where they had the opportunity to experience the state capital of Texas. The students stayed in a hotel in the heart of downtown that was designed in a blend of historic and modern French Quarter style, and included a 4th floor roof-top swimming pool. Upon arrival, the students were able to take the Austin Riverboat tour where they learned a great deal about the buildings in downtown Austin, the Mexican Free-Tail Bats that nest under one of their bridges, the history of Austin and the changes that are occurring in the area.

After their boat tour, they went to the Blanton Museum of Art to enjoy studying traditional art, including a special exhibit from Leo Steinberg’s library of prints, an exhibit of intricately woven designs by Diedrick Brackens and the recently reopened Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin chapel on the grounds of the museum. After the Blanton Museum, students headed to the North-East side of Austin, to an industrial park where they interacted with contemporary art at Wonderspaces Museum of Austin. They experienced ‘Dinner Party’ by Charlotte Stoudt by wearing 3d headgear, watched a real-time clock created by two performers moving waste items on a paved surface to mimic the arms of a clock, listened to music played on a full piano keyboard that was attached to 88 individual voices, one in each pitch, and several other intriguing exhibits.








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