Roy Orbison Mural – Vernon, TX
Unveiled October 2020
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 – a Vernon native son. Selena’s colorful design features the dark glasses that became a signature part of Orbison’s public performances. Audra Lambert and Chrysa Jacobs also contributed to the installation of the mural in downtown Vernon.
Race, Unconscious Bias, and Inclusion Workshops
During the month of August and September of 2020 The Center for Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Midwestern State University hosted 3 Zoom sessions on Race, Unconscious Bias, and Inclusion. Margie Reese of the Wichita Falls Alliance for Art and Culture facilitated these conversations.
Negro Leagues 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, 2020, at the Museum of North Texas History in downtown Wichita Falls.
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.
One component of the project brought area artists together with Dallas-based muralist Bone1 to network and discuss collaboration between the community and local artists.
After Hours Art Walk
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 locations.
For these events, we have been proud to provide teaching artists to conduct engaging arts instruction. Additionally, we have commissioned artists to collaborate with downtown businesses to create “standees” for photo opportunities and provided painted pianos known as “Community Keys” in various locations.
Dia de Los Muertos
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.
The Wichita Dome
October 2018 – September 2019
The Wichita Dome gave The Arts Alliance the opportunity to work with TXDOT to install a colorful, temporary sculpture inspired by the grass house architecture of The Wichita tribe.
The contemporary design was created by artist Erick Zambrano, a graduate of Midwestern State University. Other artists contributing to the Wichita Dome’s creation were Alexes Anguiano, Audra Lambert, and Ramona Stegal.
The Wichita Dome was unveiled in time to commemorate Native American Heritage Month. Educational Resources were provided to thousands of area students, allowing them to learn about the diversity of Native American Cultures and understand the concept of cultural sensitivity.
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 celebrated during the month of March. It honors the many achievements of women throughout history and salutes the ongoing work by today’s women who work tirelessly to make our communities stronger
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
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, DBDT visited area schools and hosted a master class at the Wichita Falls Youth Ballet studio.
Lincoln Center Education Teaching Artist Development Lab
For three-years, The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture partnered with New York-based Lincoln Center Education to provide advanced learning for teaching artists and educators in Texas and the mid-America region.
In 2018 and 2019, the weeklong forum took place at Midwestern State University and included classes, workshops, keynote presentations, and plenary discussions led by national leaders in the field.
A three-member team from Lincoln Center Education led workshops that explored the process of imaginative learning and best practices in arts education. Eric Booth, known as “the father of the teaching artist profession,” joined the team as a guest workshop leader, hosting a workshop for Region 9 educators.
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 Alliance for Arts and Culture.
The African American Museum’s Folk Art Collection is one of the finest of its kind in the nation and includes work by artists Clementine Hunter, Bessie Harvey, Johnny Banks, George White, and more.
Wichita Falls Mayor Stephen Santellana presented a proclamation at the opening reception.
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 three WFISD schools and at Midwestern State University.
The performance was made possible, in part, by a grant awarded to the organization from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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 and have been featured in the City Lights Parade, which takes place in Downtown Wichita Falls.
Don’t Fence Me In
May 2017-July 2018
“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, and nonprofit organizations jumped on board to create a larger scale “sculpture.”
Our goal of 200 painted pickets suddenly became 1,200 as neighbors from all over the community shared visual expressions; resulting in a tapestry of individual pickets that exemplify our collective stories.
Sepia: A Legacy in Photography
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 Alliance transformed the Wichita Theater’s balcony into a stunning gallery space in order to display the collection. Residents turned out by the thousands to see the exhibition, which was on view in February and March 2017.
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 of Wichita Falls’ signature events.
The bikes are displayed before the ride at Sikes Senter Mall, moving to the MPEC to welcome riders and visitors participating in the Hotter’N Hell Hundred.
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 Akin Auditorium on the Midwestern State University campus.
Their MSU show was called “Music Our Way.” ACTE II was accompanied by MSU pianists Martin Camacho and Ruth Morrow.