Harvey Dean Mural

A mural celebrating local legend and longtime business owner Harvey Dean “The Tamale King” has been unveiled in downtown Vernon, TX. The mural is located at the corner of Main and Wilbarger Streets, where Mr. Dean was an ever-present fixture for more than 4 decades.  Born in 1902 in Corsicana, TX, Dean sold thousands of…

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Roy Orbison Mural – Vernon, TX

As an outgrowth of our successful summer arts camps in Vernon, city leaders engaged the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture to create a large-scale mural celebrating notable moments and people in the community’s history.  Lead artist Selena Mize designed the mural, which celebrates Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Roy Orbison –…

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Conservatory Pond at River Bend Nature Center

An innovative team of artists has designed and installed a new interactive Conservatory Pond Exhibit at River Bend Nature Center that fuses art and science. The artist team leading the charge on this project, AmbeR Day Scott and Ferdine LeBlanc, will create coordinating lesson plans to help children engage in scientific learning while encouraging creativity. …

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Race, Unconscious Bias, and Inclusion Workshops

September and August 2020 During the month of August and September of 2020 The Center for Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Midwestern State University hosted three Zoom sessions on Race, Unconscious Bias, and Inclusion.  Margie Reese of the Wichita Falls Alliance for Art and Culture facilitated these conversations.

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We’re Ready

The arts help make our city unique! Artists and nonprofit arts and culture organizations work every day to engage residents in creative projects that celebrate the heritage of our region and push us to think about the arts as a lever for community building. This work is more important now than ever before. Critical resources…

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Lincoln Center Education at MSU Texas

The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture welcomed Lincoln Center Education (LCE) to MSU for Teaching Artist Development Lab in 2018, 2019, and virtually in 2020. A three-member team from Lincoln Center Education led the Teaching Artist Development Lab. Jean E Taylor, master teaching artist and LCE’s Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction oversaw…

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Negro Leagues Exhibit: Beisbol

The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture, in partnership with The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, brought the exhibition Beisbol to Wichita Falls. Beisbol featured a timeline of America’s favorite pastime, exploring the connections of African American baseball history to Hispanic cultures, communities, and countries.  The exhibition was on view from January 23-March 13,…

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Eastside Mural Project

Unveiled Summer 2019 The Eastside Mural Project is an initiative by the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture to integrate public art into community spaces. The project is intentionally designed to spark city-wide conversations about the roles arts play as a catalyst for community development. Mural Locations: I Love You: Felix Lister Lodge, 811…

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New Arts Six

The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture presented the talented vocal ensemble New Arts Six in celebration of Women’s History Month 2019. In addition to a performance at First Presbyterian Church of Wichita Falls, the ensemble provided free, community pop-up performances at 8th Street Coffee Shop and the MLK Center. Women’s History Month is…

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After Hours Art Walk

Ongoing The Arts Alliance has been proud to support and participate in After Hours Art Walks hosted by Downtown Wichita Falls Development. The event happens on the first Thursday of each month from April – October. Musicians and artists fill the streets. Downtown restaurants and shops stay open late, host activities, and artists in their…

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Dallas Black Dance Theatre

February 2019 The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture, in collaboration with The Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre, proudly presented two performances by Dallas Black Dance Theatre  in celebration of African American Heritage Month. Members of Dallas Black Dance Theatre performed along with local dancers during the Signature Series performances. In addition to the public performances,…

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Dia de Los Muertos

Ongoing The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture is a proud supporter of Dia de Los Muertos. We partnered with Potencia Projects, 9th Street Studios, Times Record News, and Vernon College to create an educational newspaper for 4th and 5th-grade students in Region 9 Schools, distributing thousands of copies to area schools.

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The Wichita Dome

The Wichita Dome sculpture was inspired by the grass house architecture of The Wichita tribe whose ancestors lived in the Central and Southern Plains. It was on display from October 2018-September 2019. The Wichita Dome followed the successful creation of “Don’t Fence Me In.” The sculpture was situated on the east end of the 12-acre…

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The Souls of Black Folk

The 2018 exhibition The Souls of Black Folk featured the traditions of African American folk art. The collection, from Dallas’ African American Museum at Fair Park, was hosted by the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas from February-April 2018. This exhibit was made possible by a long-standing partnership between the African-American Museum and the Wichita Falls…

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Mariachi Divas

The Mariachi Divas performance, presented by The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture, delighted hundreds of people across North Texas. The two-time Grammy Award Winning all-female group played to a packed house at The Wichita Theatre as part of Hispanic Heritage Month 2017. In addition to the main stage concert, the group performed at…

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Painted Plows

TXDOT snowplow blades serve as a creative canvas for children participating in our One World Gallery Summer Arts Camps and at After Hours Art Walks. Since 2017, TXDOT has provided snowplows for young artists in Wichita Falls, Vernon, and Burkburnett. The plows are later used on area freeways during winter months for motorists to see…

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“Don’t Fence Me In”

“Don’t Fence Me In” started out as a simple, hands-on art making opportunity for young artists to create designs and paint them on donated and recycled wood fence posts. This simple concept for kids in Summer Art Camps grew into a full-blown community public art project. Along the way, artists, families, schools, sororities, doctors, architects…

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Sepia: A Legacy in Photography

February 2017 The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture, in cooperation with the African American Museum at Fair Park in Dallas, presented Sepia: A Legacy in Photography. The exhibition featured nearly 100 black and white photographs of noteworthy African American icons in American pop culture and editorial images from the Sepia Magazine Photographic Archive. The…

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Acte II

September 2016 The dynamic opera duo ACTE II performed across Wichita Falls in the Fall of 2016. Opera singers Olanna Goudeau and Ashley Renee Watkins were featured on Season 9 of “America’s Got Talent.” The talented women performed for Hirschi High School choral students, on Sheppard Air Force Base, and for the general public at…

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Art Bikes

The Art Bike Exhibition combines engineering and artistic expression to create temporary public art installations each year celebrating the Hotter’N Hell Hundred. Art Bikes were first commissioned in 2016, as a way to incorporate the arts into the grueling biking event. In 2017, Austin Bike Zoo added an inventive way to incorporate the arts into one…

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