Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Summer 2001 Newsletter

A New Tool to Reach New Audiences

A vital part of the Center's mission is to inform and educate both young and old, and, aided by technology, both far and near. Through the development of a state-of-the-art kiosk information system, the Ransom Center strives to create a bridge of understanding between the creators of an exhibition and its viewers, or to illuminate the space, as T.S. Elliot wrote, "between the conception and the creation."

The Ransom Center received a $50,000 gift from the Houston Endowment to establish an interactive, bilingual kiosk information system to enhance the electronic education program for its exhibitions, and to be used for orientation in the newly constructed first and second floors. The primary purpose of the kiosk information system is twofold: outreach to K-12 public schools by providing special interactive games and activities designed to promote curiosity and adventure in the study of the arts and humanities; and act as a cornerstone of the Center's targeted outreach to members of the Latino community. The award from the Houston Endowment includes funds for four KT-110 Stealth Kiosks, programming, software, and an English-to-Spanish translator.

There will be long-term benefits from this investment in the minds of Texas public school students visiting the Ransom Center and the University. As Dr. Faulkner says, "Today's Longhorns will be running Texas tomorrow. Today's first graders are tomorrow's Longhorns."

— Tom Galyean, Development Coordinator

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