Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

ACAC helps promote and encourage art in Abilene to enhance the image of Abilene as a center for the Arts.

Mission: It is the purpose of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, an affiliate of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, to promote, encourage, and support the arts for Abilene; to marshall and adapt the community's resources to the needs of artists of the community; to work and advise with officials, organizations, schools, and committees in supporting activities; and it shall seek to encourage the establishment of new art forms, develop publicity and educational programs to encourage existing programs and organizations and promote tourism, and will carry out those other functions necessary to enhance the image of Abilene as a center for the Arts.

New show opening at ACT

It's opening night and ACT wants to send you to the show for FREE! Comment below with the name of the person that you'd take with you and you'll be entered in a drawing to win TWO tickets to CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, to be used at any time during the show's run! One winner will be drawn at 4pm today so get to commenting!

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We had so much fun today at our booth at the Abilene Chamber of Commerce Business Expo! We made new friends and were happy to see old ones, too. We love telling people about the arts scene and introducing them to characters like Purple Kangaroo and Lucy Bear from the Peter Brown books that will be featured at the 2019 Children’s Art & Literacy Festival in June and in the summer art exhibition at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature. #artfullyabilene

Thank you Abilene Reporter-News for covering this great story!

ACU is offering a dance summer camp for various ages!

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Artist Tuesdays!

Learn about local artist Anthony Brown

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Thank you Abilene Reporter-News for making the arts an important part of the Progress issue! The arts scene continues to be a vital part of the development of downtown Abilene.

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Abilene CALF 2019 TV spot for the Children's Art & Literacy Festival

Thank you Suddenlink Communications for helping promote our festival!

The 8th annual Children's Art & Literacy Festival in downtown Abilene, Texas, from June 6-8, 2019 celebrates the art of Peter Brown. Peter himself will be in...

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Travel website lists Abilene as 'hidden gem' family vacation destination

Thank you Abilene Reporter-News for covering this great news for our city!

reporternews.com The travel website familyvacationcritic.com recently listed Abilene as an under-the-radar city for a long family weekend or vacation destination.

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Downtown art scene always evolving, growing in Abilene - Abilene Reporter-News

abilenereporternews.tx.newsmemory.com The Center for Contemporary Arts provides a home and exhibition opportunities for our talented local artists and is now under the leadership of Jonathan Carroll. Jonathan brings his fresh ideas and ten years of downtown art experience with Jody Klotz across the street from CCA.

So excited to dedicate the Seuss-themed Little Free Library at Everman Park today! Thank you to the Texas Library & Archives Commission’s Texas Center for the Book @Texas Center for the Book for donating the library kit. Thank you to Charlie & Kathy Taylor for painting it & putting it together. The Cat in the Hat and the Grinch give it two paws up! Bring a book & borrow a book 📚

Bubble fun today at Everman Park!

Thank you to everyone who came out today to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s (belated) birthday! A big hand to all our volunteers who made this event special. Don’t forget to visit the new Seuss themed Little Free Library in Everman Park made possible by Texas Center for the Book! 📚

[03/22/19]   Thank you to everyone who has signed up for Saturday's "Happy (Belated) Birthday, Dr. Seuss!" event. We are sold out! No more spaces are left. For those who are registered, please bring a book to share at our Seuss-themed Little Free Library we are dedicating so you can also borrow one!

Our Saturday event is full! Thank you for everyone who pre-registered for “Happy (Belated) Birthday, Dr. Seuss!” We are going to have a great time. What Seuss book is your favorite?

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Mozart Society Beer Pairing Concert

Abilene Philharmonic's Mozart Society - Beer Pairing Concert

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ACU Theatre's "Bright Star" is a beautiful musical inspired by a true story. Tickets on sale now!

Tickets at acu.edu/theatre

Inspired by a real event and featuring the Grammy-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past – and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. The story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tight in its grasp, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.
April 11-13, 26-27, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
Dinner on 27
Talkback on 26
Fulks Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
Recommended for ages 10 and older

Abilene Community Theatre

We are so excited to open our production of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF - very generously sponsored by Dodge Jones Foundation - on the 29th. Tickets go on sale on Monday, but if you're a season ticket holder you can make your reservation now by calling 673-6271 between 1-5pm, or make it any time at abilenecommunitytheatre.org
Don't forget that you can bring two cat or dog toys to donate to Taylor-Jones Humane Society and get your ticket for $10! Don't miss it!

Center for Contemporary Arts

Join us at the Center for a night of beer tasting and happy trees! Ages 21 and up only $35

Historic Paramount Theatre

AUDITIONS for the Paramount's June production of NEWSIES are this weekend! See this link for complete details: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1DrI37LXSp6kl3v3Xg0c5APf1YC6em8yR

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[03/18/19]   Please join us at an upcoming art show featuring works by four local artists: Mike Lanier, George Kovach, Jack Harkins and Chuck Roach. "Impressions of the American West". The show will be March 14th and 15th at the Community Foundation located at 850 North First Abilene Tx. The reception will be March 14th from 6 to 8pm. Live music provided by "MerKaba". The artists will be donating 20% of sales to the Community
Foundation of Abilene. The artists would also like to thank Dr. Gary Goodnight for sponsoring this fabulous event.

April 25, 5-8:30 p.m.
ArtCathlon: CCA Spring Fundraiser in the SoDA District Courtyard. The Center for Contemporary Arts celebrates their 30th Anniversary Year with our annual Spring Fundraiser: ArtCathlon! This year will be a year to remember, as we'll host an unforgettable evening of art-making and competition. Join us on April 25th at the SoDA District Courtyard to celebrate the arts!

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Through the Heart of Texas

Thanks for the Abilene shout-out from travel blogger Kathryn Cleveland! https://kathryncleveland.blogspot.com/2019/03/through-heart-of-texas.html?showComment=1552585825226#c8231077697934102748

kathryncleveland.blogspot.com I drive a lot. I drive through big cities and small towns. I drive by a big city’s downtown, like Denver, or right through smaller pla...

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Abilene Community Band

The band's spring performance calendar is filling up! Be sure to mark your calendars!
April 13 - Abilene Education Foundation's Cajun Feat
May 7 - Spring Concert to celebrate Abilene Gives!
May 18 - Zoolute to Dyess
May 27 - Memorial Day performance at Texas State Veterans Cemetery

Hear featured poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil on Friday, April, 5 at Hardin-Simmons University. She is part of the Lawrence Clayton Poets & Writers Speakers Series.

New exhibits at the Center for Contemporary Arts!

Two new exhibits opened this week: MEADOW OVERLOOK by Teysha Vinson & ACU CAMEO by a select group of ACU art students. Stop by this weekend and check them out!
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Get tickets to Steve Martin’s Musical “Bright Star” at ACU ⭐️

Tickets at acu.edu/theatre

Inspired by a real event and featuring the Grammy-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past – and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. The story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tight in its grasp, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.
April 11-13, 26-27, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
Dinner on 27
Talkback on 26
Fulks Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
Recommended for ages 10 and older

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Everman Park hosts Dr. Suess birthday party - Optimist

Thank you The Optimist!

acuoptimist.com A belated birthday party for the late Dr. Seuss will occur at Everman Park from 10:00 a.m. to noon on March 23. Due to poor weather, the party could not take place on his real birthday, March 2. Sidney Levesque, marketing director at the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, said the event will include....

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Don’t miss out on a timeless musical: EVITA! Get your tickets TODAY: https://bit.ly/2Uv7M5P

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Happy #DrSeussDay.

In Abilene, Texas there is a small park in the centre of town where you will find several bronze statues of your favourite Dr Seuss characters.
Built in 2012, as part of City of Abilene, Texas Government's storybook sculpture project, "Dr Seuss park" is located in Everman park at North 1st st & Pine.

#CatinTheHat
#TheLorax
#greeneggsandham
#howtheGrinchstolechristmas
#Hortonhearsawho 🐘
#yertletheturtle 🐢
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Storybook Capital celebrates Dr. Seuss's 115th birthday

Thank you FOX West Texas for covering March 2 Dr. Seuss' birthday in Abilene! Our March 23 belated storybook celebration is nearly full. https://youtu.be/1dzlTfzr1Ro

March 2nd is Read Across America

[03/05/19]   March 7-8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. classes
Tot Spot at The Grace Museum. FREE for Grace Museum Members; $5/participating child for non-members. Tot Spot offers children ages 3-5 and an accompanying adult the opportunity to expand their large imaginations through hands-on art projects and gallery time. Registration required.

March 7, 7:30 p.m.
The Hardin-Simmons University Concert Band concert will take place at Behrens Auditorium.

March 7, 6-8 p.m.
Pop-up Art Teacher Art Show and Reception at The Grace Museum!

Congratulations Larry C. Sanders for this great honor and all you have done for our community!

If you haven't made your reservations for the Perini Award dinner, today is the last day, so call them! we will see you on Thursday evening to honor Larry Sanders!

Summer camps!

SUMMER 2019: Cinderella’s Enchanting Dance Camp for 3 & 4 year olds is back! Go to abileneballettheatre.org to check it out, register and see all the exciting things we have planned for this summer! Accepting registrations now!

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Come experience the empowering story of Eva Peron presented through music! March 10th at the Abilene Convention Center. https://bit.ly/2Uv7M5P #bwayAbilene #EVITA

[03/04/19]   What: Big Country Invitational Fine Art Show
Where: Jo and Tom Henderson Gallery, 201 Fourth in Sweetwater
When: Artists’ Reception – Saturday, March 16 from 7- 9pm
Gallery Hours for this Show: Sunday, March 17 from 2-4pm : Tuesday March 19 & Thursday, March 21 from 4-6 pm; Saturday, March 23 from 7-8:30 pm ; Sunday, March 24 from 2-4pm; Tuesday, March 26 from 4-6 pm; Thursday, March 28 from 4-6 pm; Saturday, March 30 from 7-8:30 pm; Sunday, March 31 from 4-6 pm.

Who: 16 professional artists from the Big Country, including 13 from Abilene will participate with 39 paintings and one sculpture. Lea Cleveland, local artist from Sweetwater is event coordinator. The Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium APPLAUSE Series is sponsoring the Fine Art Show.

Center for Contemporary Arts

If you haven't been to the Center to check out the "Full Tilt Tea Party" exhibit, you are missing out! Thanks Abilene Reporter-News for the feature!

https://www.reporternews.com/story/entertainment/arts/2019/02/27/downtown-abilene-gallery-bags-tea-exhibition/2976394002/

McMurry University offers art scholarships

Fabulous class Saturday at ACT ... movement. Great for any career and especially theatre folks!

Meet Verity Pryor-Harden, facilitator of this weekend's Physical Theatre Workshop, happening in the ACT II Black Box from 10:30-1:30pm.

Verity is a professional actress and theatre artist with a BFA in Acting from Catawba College. She spent a semester abroad in Italy fully immersed in physical theatre training, learning techniques of the Italian Renaissance theatrical style commedia dell’arte. She most recently appeared on the ACT stage as Desdemona in Othello, and directed the audience favorite Inspecting Carol in 2016. She assistant directed Our Town at the Paramount last fall.

We are very excited to have Verity leading this workshop for us. Don't miss out! You will be able to register at the door but as there are a limited number of spots available, pre-registration is encouraged! Click the link below for more details!

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Experience the musical masterpiece, EVITA, March 10th ONLY at Abilene Convention Center. Get your tickets HERE: https://bit.ly/2Uv7M5P #BwayAbilene #EVITA

We are moving "Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Storybook Saturday" to March 23 because of the weather expected for this Saturday, March 2. However, the NCCIL and Library Seuss events are still taking place March 2. If you registered for Storybook Saturday, your registration will automatically carry over to the new event. If you need to talk to us about your registration, please call 677-1161 and ask for Hayley. Thank you and stay warm everyone!

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Flash Bob at Abilene middle school continues to garner national attention!

They paint like Bob Ross, while watching Bob Ross, dressed as Bob Ross.

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Largest mural in Iowa was created recently on a grain silo by an Australian artist and features photos of local residents

I spent the colder months toward the end of 2018 battling over this 30m tower in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

There were some generous and special connections made in this place as the weather turned bad, with necessity resulting in some interesting lift modifications, propane heaters, and brought out the kindness of many.

These details are drawn from artifacts of stoneware in the collection of the Fort Dodge ‘Fort’ Museum and shared between/modelled by community members. As fragments of history shared between the social structure as it has evolved to date in midwestern society, Pottery and its anthropological study can leave clues about a civilisation in the stories they tell of a culture. The Fort Dodge Grain Silo is an architectural piece and has been abandoned for as long as most people I met here can remember, now part of the series of work I’ve been making in the US Midwest.

This was only made possible by the warmth of Scott, Michelle, Hope Thier, Carissa Harvey, Jane, Javion, Travis, Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association and a bunch more...

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