The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture hosted a booth at the 2024 Guardians of Freedom Air Show at Sheppard Air Force Base. Teaching artist Ramona Stegal and MSU Fain Fine Arts Students Eli Coker and Hailey Padilha facilitated the creation of planes inspired by aircraft on view at the air show! These photos were submitted by young artists who created their own planes to take home.

To celebrate the Regional Museum Network's annual exhibition, the Alliance hosted a special VIP reception for staff and board members from the nine museums that have collections in Sunsational Tales: Texas Summers Through Time.

Photo courtesy: Robert Mackey, Keyshawn Studios

Working with Vernon College, The Alliance installed a mural in the Chaparral Student Lounge at Vernon’s Century City Center location in Wichita Falls.

The “New Beginnings” mural is designed and painted by Lead Artist Meagan Le Blanc. Alliance Teaching Artist Sierra Archer assisted with the mural installation. Le Blanc named the mural “New Beginnings” to showcase how Vernon College graduates transition into the local workforce. The mural is part of Vernon College’s ongoing efforts to create an inviting, inspiring, and inclusive environment for students, staff, and visitors.

Using colors from the mural, the Alliance also installed a wayfinding system in the halls of Vernon College in Wichita Falls. The wayfinding signage was installed by Wichita Falls artists Anthony Campos and Meagan Le Blanc. The design was created by Ferdine Le Blanc, Art in Public Places Program Manager for The Alliance.

All photos courtesy by Dylan Jimenez.

As part of the Regional Museum Network Exhibition: Sunsational Tales: Texas Summers Through Time, the Alliance hosted a FREE Family Day on Saturday, July 8.

Families gathered at the Museum of North Texas History to enjoy exciting hands-on art activities that capture the essence of summer’s past, present, and future. Family Day offered an exclusive annual exhibition tour showcasing the evolution of summer jobs, recreation, fashion, technology, and more. Nine area museums joined forces to bring forth diverse displays and interactive exhibits, ensuring an engaging experience for visitors of all ages.

In addition to the art activities, families hopped on one of the historical fire trucks from the Wichita Falls Fire & Police Museum and captured the moment with a photo. The Museum of North Texas History also had its Heart of Downtown Model Train Exhibit open for families to enjoy.

Photo courtesy: Robert Mackey with KeyShawn Studios

Check this out! Thank you to these young artists for sharing their work with us as part of the Sunsational Tales exhibition.

The resiliency of Wichita Falls shined through rainy weather as the community gathered to celebrate the completion of the Better Together Mural at the intersection of 7th and Indiana in Downtown Wichita Falls. The four-story artwork, commissioned by The Alliance, depicts larger-than-life creatures working together to hang the moon. Wichita Falls artists Steve Hilton and Jesse Baggett designed and installed the mosaic tile mural and led dozens of MSU Texas Fain Fine Arts students and local artists to create more than 2,000 handmade clay tiles. A dedication ceremony was held February 8, 2023.

Photo Courtesy: Frank Topp