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.

Abilene Community Theatre is proud to present its sixth and final production of the 2018-19 season, DEARLY DEPARTED, written by David Botrell and Jessie Jones, and directed by Pam J. Peraza. Performance dates will be May 31st thru June 9th.


No bummer summer: McMurry University theater staging shows in June, August

reporternews.com Neil Simon work, a two-person show are planned as lights go on again at Ryan Little Theatre.

[05/16/19]   "Artifacts of the Paleolithic People of West Texas" special talk by Lou David Allen at 11 a.m. May 18 at the Taylor County History Center in Buffalo Gap!


Summer Camp 101 - Abilene Scene

Summer camps offered by Abilene arts groups! http://abilenescene.com/summer-camp-101

abilenescene.com 2019 Edition Academics & Technology | Art | Music | Outdoors & Animals | Performing Arts | Sports | Miscellaneous ACADEMICS & TECHNOLOGY: Abilene ISD Lego Story Starters (entering 2nd-3rd) June 10-13, 8 a.m. to noon June 17-20, 1-5 p.m. Kick-start creativity and boost learning skills. Students work....

Paramount Theatre puts many arts organizations on stage!

We're not saying George is trying to hide from everyone by ordering these amazing perforated vinyl window covers (where you can't see in but those inside can see out!) for his office...we'll just let you be the judge of that 😛


Art Adventure Trail coming to life in downtown Abilene

Thank you FOX West Texas for covering the addition of the Art Adventure Trail benches to downtown Abilene this week! https://www.myfoxzone.com/video/news/art-adventure-trail-coming-to-life-in-downtown-abilene/504-4624b0ea-4ec5-4c30-9314-4012d0f75c4e

myfoxzone.com New benches arrived in downtown Abilene for the new Art Adventure Trail.


15 new storybook benches arrive in Downtown Abilene

Thank you KRBC for coverage of the new storybook benches downtown!

bigcountryhomepage.com These benches will be placed throughout downtown in the Storybook Capital of America and will display a bronze medallion with an image from the book they represent.

Concert tonight! Abilene Community Band

We are so lucky to have such a historical and beautiful venue to perform our concerts!

Dine with royalty on Friday or Saturday of CALF in a beautiful ballroom with exciting entertainment and kid friendly lunches. Picture opportunities with fairytale princes and princesses and other characters. $500 for table of 8 or $250 for 4 seats. Contact Diane at 677-1161. Proceeds benefit Young Audiences of Abilene.

The first 15 limestone benches for the Art Adventure Trail were installed this morning around downtown Abilene. The next 10 are coming Wednesday. The benches feature quotes from books whose art was exhibited at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. A bronze medallion featuring an illustration from the book created by Steve Neves will be installed on each bench. You will be able to use paper and crayons or a pencil to make a rubbing from the bronze images. This initiative is part of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council’s work to enhance the city’s image as the Storybook Capital of America!

Lynn Barnett, Abilene Cultural Affairs Council executive director, speaks to KTXS about the Art Adventure Trail benches installed this morning.


Limestone benches latest addition to The Storybook Capital of America

The Art Adventure Trail is happening! The first set of storybook limestone benches for downtown arrived today.

reporternews.com Twenty-five will be placed this week, three weeks out from the start of the Children's Art & Literacy Festival.

[05/10/19]   McMurry summer theater is back! "I Ought to be in Pictures" by Neil Simon. Directed by: Kerry Goff
Performances: June 13 – 15 and 20 – 22
Ticket Sales Begin: June 3rd
Tickets: $12 general public, $10 McMurry Faculty/Staff/Student
Featuring Lauren Bridwell, Doug Jeter, and Amanda Keith.
Herb, a Hollywood scriptwriter currently “at liberty,” is surprised when his forgotten past reappears in the form of Libby, a teenage daughter who’s trekked from Brooklyn with dreams of movie stardom.

Thank you to all of our donors who gave during Abilene Gives! Thanks to you, we can continue adding nighttime twinkle to downtown Abilene.


ArtWalk features metal art for May

Come downtown tonight for ArtWalk and 6:30 PM Western Heritage Parade followed by Swing Machine Street Dance immediately following

bigcountryhomepage.com ArtWalk is turning up the heat this May with forged metal art. We find out what you can expect in Downtown Abilene.

YA performance tonight at the NCCIL!

Join us tonight during Art Walk for family fun activities at the NCCIL! From 5-8 there will be a fine art activity in the art studio and at 6:15, Young Audiences of Abilene will do their final performance of the year of Interrupting Chicken. Come enjoy the Western Heritage parade and treat your family to interactive fun at the NCCIL! #KeepArtFree

The Texas Commission on the Arts is part of a group of State agencies that work together to promote and support travel in Texas, including cultural tourism.

May 5-11 as Travel and Tourism Week in Texas, in conjunction with the U.S. Travel Association's 36th annual National Travel and Tourism Week.

The travel and tourism industry is one of the most important drivers of the Texas economy, generating an estimated $80.2 billion in 2018 direct travel spending, resulting in $164 billion of economic impact. The value of travel to and within Texas affects every Texas citizen. Without travel, each Texas household would pay an additional $740 in state and local taxes to make up for the revenue loss. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PUT ON THEIR SHOES AND TRAVELED TO ABILENE FOR AN ARTS EVENT! #travelmatters

Don't miss great savings! Register for CALF at https://www.abilenecac.org/calf/

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

Popcorn & Pajama Picture Book Party #AbileneGives

Pajama and picture book party!!!


Young Audiences of Abilene

Did we mention YAA Arts After School programs are FREE to participating students??!! Link to help this program grow today: https://www.abilenegives.org/organizations/young-audiences-of-abilene #abilenegives

Abilene Gives is May 7! Advanced giving is available now. Please consider a gift to an arts organization. #AbileneGives Link: https://www.abilenegives.org/organizations/abilene-arts-alliance

Old Jail Art Center in Albany pet pop portraits! Make your own!

Visit Abilene, Texas

As we launch National Travel & Tourism Week, Abilene's happy faces and places are showcasing community pride and inviting everyone to experience this welcoming city. #TravelMatters #ABILove
Travel Week, May 5-11: http://ow.ly/bejP50tUV51
Find Abilene fun: www.abilenevisitors.com


Abilene - The Storybook Capital - Texas Hotel & Lodging Association

Thank you Texas Hotel & Lodging Association for featuring on your website Abilene, the Storybook Capital! Visit Abilene, Texas

texaslodging.com Plot your Adventure! Known for its cowboy charm, Abilene has an endless list of fun things to do with friends and family. Hand feed a giraffe, explore the ruins of a frontier army fort, play on one of the best golf courses in Texas, and go on a scavenger hunt for eccentric characters from classic .....

We were so honored to receive the Community Awareness Award at the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau’s HOT Hosts Award luncheon for our Storybook Capital of America branding campaign. We worked together on it, and when community leaders work together, great things happen 🇺🇸 Thank you @abilenetx #travelmatters #texastravel

The Grace Museum

$35 Members | $45 Non-Members

So many hands went into creating the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council's farm-to-table event "Feast in the Garden" on Saturday night, April 27 in the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden. Thank you to event chairs Pam Tippen and Nancy Roberts. Thank you to our volunteers, the folks who purchased tables and Day Nursery of Abilene for use of their kitchen. Thank you to Keith & Elizabeth Fry and Nine Springs Gardens, Cody & Wiepie Cross and Little Acorn Farms, Sugar-Happy Bakes and Cheryl Holmes, and Watson Vineyard and Stephen & Mary Watson. It was a beautiful night! (Photos by Steve Butman)

Abilene Gives is May 7! Advanced giving is available now. Please consider a gift to an arts organization. #AbileneGives Link: https://www.abilenegives.org/organizations/abilene-arts-alliance

Jody Klotz Fine Art

We are so grateful to everyone that braved the rain to come and celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Carl Holty: Floating Forms | Luminous Color! It was a lovely evening, with food provided by Graze Abilene and drinks from The Green Room. If you were unable to attend, the show will on view through the summer. Stay tuned for more events to come!

Disney's "Newsies" musical in Abilene for the first time in June at Paramount Theatre! Tickets on sale now

A PREVIEW! Jon Baker, Corban Gililland, Griffin Jones, and James Melson from the cast of the Paramount's upcoming production of the musical NEWSIES. Tickets are on sale now! http://paramount-abilene.thundertix.com. (Photo by Debbie Riggs--Pure Photography).

Don't miss the Abilene Philharmonic's last show of the season!

We can't believe this is our last show of the season! Music City Hit-Makers tickets are on sale now. Saturday, May 4th at 7:30 p.m. Featuring Guest Artists, Brett James and Rivers Rutherford, songwriters for some of Nashville's biggest stars such as Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and so many more!

Purchase tickets before they sell out! http://bit.ly/2X5TDNz or call (325) 677-6710.

Thank you to everyone who worked on last night’s Feast in the Garden and everyone who attended this special Abilene Cultural Affairs Council event benefiting the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden.

Thank you to the Center for Contemporary Arts for a great night in the SODA District Courtyard!

Chorus Abilene

"Sing and Be Happy". Tickets: $10/adults; $8/seniors, students & military. Call 325-673-7464 or online at www.ChorusAbilene.net.

Abilene Public Library

Amanda Sasser and some special friends were on KTAB 4U this afternoon to get you ready for Lib-Con at your library that starts tomorrow, early evening, at your Mockingbird Branch, then Friday at your South Branch, and Saturday (all day long) at your Main Library! Check it out and be sure you're a part of the fun...all for FREE!!!

Texas Library Association

We are pleased to have the Coretta Scott King Exhibit. Check it out right beside the Exhibit Hall.

NCCIL pop-up exhibit in Austin!

Be sure to view the Coretta Scott King Award exhibit.

The Grace Museum

He calls his art "believable magic." We agree.

Experience Terry Hays's Cosmic Garden for yourself at The Grace Museum!


You must attend Paramount's sci-fi film series... or face the Wrath of Khan!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Four Sci-Fi Films coming at you this summer. Plus, talks, shorts, and Khan-tests! Tickets go on sale at midnight. $7 a film, or $15 for the whole weekend! https://paramount-abilene.thundertix.com


New setting, familiar faces and voices for Abilene Philharmonic's 'Requiem'

Abilene Philharmonic concert "Requiem"

reporternews.com Abilene Philharmonic completes Masterworks portion of the season at First Baptist Church on Saturday


Terrific blend of local, guest talent for Abilene Opera's 'West Side Story'

Rave reviews from Abilene Opera's "West Side Story"

reporternews.com Three performances just didn't enough for Abilene to enjoy this presentation of an American stage classic.


Centerstage with: Bethany Soder of HSU's 'Amish Project'

HSU Theatre production - "Amish Project"

reporternews.com Hardin-Simmons spring production

CarWalk ArtWalk tonight! Come downtown for lots of fun 5-8 pm Thursday

Come on out! We are open! Huge thanks to Arrow Ford for sponsoring #Carwalk!


Like Jay Moore's history talks about Abilene? How about two, then?

Don't miss Jay Taylor Moore's upcoming talk at Paramount Theatre! He is also being featured in an upcoming episode of Texas Country Reporter

reporternews.com You're in luck because he's on "Texas Country Reporter" on Saturday and live and in person Thursday at the Paramount Theatre.

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