There are only a few days left in 2022, and it has been a year!
Since the inception of this organization in 2016, The Alliance has installed 11 public art pieces, including murals and temporary sculptures, across Texoma. By the end of the year, we will add three new murals to that list! We have established new partnerships with organizations that recognize the arts’ power to positively impact communities.
Our Regional Museum Network has expanded from ten museums in four counties to 17 organizations across nine counties. Our arts education programs continue to grow, with more than 2,400 people utilizing our A+ online lesson plans. These activities integrate the arts into core subject areas, including Science, Math, English, Language Arts & Reading, and Social Studies.
This year, we also launched a fundraising campaign to honor Wichita Falls native and trailblazer Charlye Ola Farris with a bronze sculpture on the lawn of the Wichita County Courthouse. Farris was the first African American woman licensed to practice law in Texas, the first African American attorney, male or female, in Wichita County, and the first African American to serve as a judge in the South since Reconstruction. With the help of our community, we will ensure her achievements are not forgotten.
Finally, we were thrilled to host the inaugural ACE Awards in October, celebrating arts and cultural achievements in Wichita Falls. Nearly 200 of our friends came together to celebrate innovation and creativity. We hope you’ll join us for next year’s event! Next year, our work continues, and we are poised to do even bigger things for Wichita Falls and the communities beyond.
Thank you for your continued support of Arts and Culture in and around Wichita Falls. We are committed to creating lasting value and impact for our community. As we look to the future, we recognize we must build on our successes and explore new ways to ensure more people have access to arts experiences.