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April is here! As the weather warms up and spring flowers bloom, many East Texans are at home due to COVID-19 mandates. While not all of our fellow East Texans are ordered to “shelter in place,” etx creatives is aware of the likelihood that most will not be able to visit their favorite cultural destinations in person. Cultural hubs from art museums to theaters and concert venues have temporarily shut their doors to the public. Leaving countless creatives in East Texas without work or an opportunity to reach the public. However, some creatives have moved to a virtual presence and etx creatives encourages you to seek them out!

Do you have a favorite local band, museum or dance instructor? Seek them out online! Several local art museums and solo musicians have made their presence known virtually. Please share your findings with etx creatives on our Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/etxcreatives/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/etxcreatives/?hl=en , or our Website https://www.etxcreatives.com/ so others may benefit.

Also please consider visiting Creative Capitol’s website https://creative-capital.org/2020/03/13/list-of-arts-resources-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/ ‘s list of national online arts events. Etx creatives hopes that resources like this will inspire you to contemplate similar opportunities in your community. What events are listed that you would like offered in East Texas? What steps do we take to ensure our local art and cultural district's presence traditionally or virtually?

Continue to check back with us each month. As we grow so will the list of events. Together we can make East Texas a fine arts district to rival any metropolitan area!

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  • Julia Dailey


Being a creative sometimes…well actually most of the time…means thinking outside of the box. When Fine Art students were polled at a local university, their primary concern centered around showing or exhibiting their art. Thinking generally art is exhibited in galleries or museums, business lobbies or courtyards, pop-up shows and exhibitions or at local colleges and cafes. What are some out-of-the-box locations? Whether you are a fine artist, musician, writer or freelance creative how can you reach a new audience? How can you engage the outlying East Texan and spark a new artistic minded conversation with them?

Etx creatives came up with a few ideas, but we would love to hear from you! Share your ideas with other creatives in East Texas. What have you tried? Did it work? If not, what are some of your ideas? Will you regroup and try again?


Public transportation. I know what you’re thinking…. “It’s East Texas! What public transportation!?!?” Tyler and Longview have a bus system, and many of our bigger city artists get exposure by displaying prints or digital work in city buses, cabs or on roadways. Also consider your local City Chamber’s Office or Municipal building.


A Shopping Center. Whether it is the Broadway Square Mall in Tyler, The Longview Mall, the Lufkin Mall or any mall or shopping center in East Texas, malls provide excellent exposure. If you’re an artist, you can submit a proposal to have your work displayed. If you’re a musician, you can ask to play your music to gain public awareness and put yourself in front of new people. Some venues even allow writers or poets to display vinyl excerpts of their work on walls and windows.


Other Venuses to consider: Churches, University or College Galleries and Spaces, Libraries, Bookstores, Beauty Salons, Architecture Firms, Interior Design Businesses, Law Offices, Convention and Event Centers, Airports and Private Clubs.


Where have you displayed your art? Have you ever played music or recited your work in an unconventional place? Where? Even if it was not in a progressive way, where in East Texas have you had success reaching a new audience? Let us know!


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Your etx creatives Monthly Planner: March!


Literature:

PLAN AHEAD! Apr 25, 2020

Northeast Texas Writers’ Organization

2020 Time to Write Conference

The Jeffersonian Institute, Jefferson, Texas

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/time-to-write-writers-conference-tickets-81654383459?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse


PLAN AHEAD! May 2, 2020

3rd Annual Festival of Books

Winnsboro, Texas

winnsboro.bookfestival.network


PLAN AHEAD! June 12, 2020

East Texas Writing Festival

LeTourneau University Longview, Texas

https://www.letu.edu/academics/lifelong-learning/writing-festival-2020.html


PLAN AHEAD! July 18, 2020

15th Annual Summer Writing Conference

Tyler Junior College – West Campus Tyler, Texas

https://etwritersguild.org/


Music:

Mar 14, 2020

Live & Local: Jazz Connection

Fresh by Brookshires, Tyler, Texas

https://www.facebook.com/events/1862036990597932/


Mar 21, 2020

Piney Woods Music & Arts Festival

Crockett, Texas

http://www.theeasttexasweekend.com/event/?eID=9751109


Mar 26, 2020

Old-Time Music and Dulcimer Festival

Museum for East Texas Culture, Palestine, Texas https://www.countylinemagazine.com/calendar/arts/palestine-old-time-music-dulcimer-festival---th-annual/event_09a71dbf-e712-5de3-8c23-5e96561eb1e0.html


Mar 28, 2020

9th Annual Mudbugs & Music

Longview Exhibition Center, Longview, Texas

https://www.facebook.com/events/486237982031228/


Dance:

Mar 21, 2020

Dancing with Dinos

Naranjo Museum Spring Gala, Lufkin, Texas https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dancing-with-dinos-naranjo-museum-spring-gala-tickets-90854912489?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Mar 27, 2020

Puttin’ on the Ritz Square & Round Dance Festival

Henderson Civic Center, Henderson, Texas https://www.countylinemagazine.com/calendar/puttin-on-the-ritz-square-round-dance-festival/event_681c9484-5bf7-11ea-88f2-5cb9017bff17.html


PLAN AHEAD!

May 01, 2020

Rose City Steppers 2020 Linedance Workshop

The Meeting Place, Tyler, Texas

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rose-city-steppers-2020-linedance-workshop-convention-tickets-87977052733


Theater:

March 12, 2020

Talking Tales

Tyler Public Library, Tyler, Texas

https://www.facebook.com/events/470160263836863/


Mar 27, 2020

9 to 5 The Musical

Historic Texas Theatre, Palestine, Texas

http://www.thetexastheater.com/


Fine Art:

Mar 5 – April 7, 2020

Caldwell Arts Academy Student Exhibition

Gallery Main Street, Downtown Tyler, Texas https://www.countylinemagazine.com/arts/


March, 2020

Linda Lucas Hardy Solo Exhibit

Winnsboro Center of the Arts, Winnsboro,Texas https://www.countylinemagazine.com/calendar/arts/linda-lucas-hardy-solo-exhibit/event_279e83b9-c481-533a-b186-bcbe565de2b7.html


PLAN AHEAD!

April 11, 2020

Van Go Art Fair

Van, Texas

http://vangoartfair.com/


Creative – Fun – Informative:

Mar 6, 2020

Outside the Box Small Business Fair

WorkHub, Tyler, Texas

https://www.facebook.com/events/1469199193248381/


Mar 7, 2020

Small Quilts, Big Impact – Speaker Donna Mikesch

March 2020 Meeting Tyler Public Library, Tyler, Texas https://www.facebook.com/events/503193177027968/


Mar 21, 2020

Creativity: Building Brain Connections

Champions for Children of Smith, Tyler, Texas https://www.facebook.com/events/555773685025429/


Continue to check back with us each month. As we grow so will the list of events we come in contact with. Together we can make East Texas a fine arts district to rival any metropolitan area.

Would you like an event featured on Your etx creatives Monthly Planner? Fill out this simple form to let us know: https://forms.gle/wnQMAcy8bEZcH2SD9

  • Julia Dailey


Nurturing CULTURAL DISTRICTS in East Texas! Does your community, town or city have an established cultural district? Many cultural districts across Texas’s metroplexes are thriving, so what can we do to ensure our small town art districts are booming? Here are some things to consider:


1. Arts and cultural initiatives can be easily added to or amplify a city’s developmental growth

and plans.

2. Cultural districts are proven to enhance and diversify communities. 

3. Art and culture programs offer a wide variety of benefits for both public and private entities. 

4. A complex and thriving district cannot be established nor successful without collective

support. 


Please read #4 AGAIN! To make an independent and thriving arts and culture district it takes collective support and maintenance. How can we achieve this in East Texas? Nacogdoches, Longview and Edom are a few of several communities in our area fostering creativity on a city-wide scale through festivals, art walks and gallery spaces. Located in Tyler is the Arts & Humanities Council of East Texas, a public charity whose mission is to provide education through after school programs to East Texas’s underserved youth. Is the key to a thriving East Texas wide Cultural District building center similar to Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in Seattle or Gordon Square Arts District in Cleveland? If so, where do you think this center should be located? What services should it offer? What do you as an East Texas creative need from your community? What does your community offer that you are grateful for? 

Please share a favorite organization, council or group of East Texas creatives that you are involved in on our website, Facebook or Instagram!


Together we can facilitate change, and together we can build a thriving arts and culture district for East Texas. 


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Your etx creatives Monthly Planner: February


Literature:

PLAN AHEAD! May 2, 2020

3rd Annual Festival of Books

Winnsboro, Texas

winnsboro.bookfestival.network

PLAN AHEAD! Apr 25, 2020

Northeast Texas Writers’ Organization

2020 Time to Write Conference

The Jeffersonian Institute, Jefferson, Texas

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/time-to-write-writers-conference-tickets-81654383459?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse

Feb 8, 2020

Write it Out: Authorship 101

Gladewater, Texas

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/authorship-101-tickets-90464863843?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Feb 18, 2020

Between the Lines Journaling Club

Nacogdoches Public Library, Nacogdoches, Texas

https://www.theeasttexasweekend.com/event/?eID=9733938


Music:

Feb 7, 2020

Best of Broadway: Songs of Love

Grace Crossing United Methodist Church

Longview, Texas

https://www.facebook.com/events/572154893345075/

Feb 13, 2020

Jazz Jam

ETX Brewing Company, Tyler, Texas https://events.time.ly/l1natcv?event=31070689&instance=20200213190000

Feb 21, 2020

Rose City Arts and Music Festival

True Vine Brewing Company

https://www.facebook.com/events/560322654825330/


Dance:

Feb 11 or Feb 28, 2020

Longview Dance: Beginner Dance & Open Dancing

Stafford Wellness Center, Longview, Texas

https://artslongview.org/component/jfsgooglecalendar/event/2/mvmhdscc40cm8e8ne5rvmb50l_20200212T013000Z

Feb 29, 2020

East Texas PanHellenic Step Show

Louise Herrington Patriot Center

Tyler, Texas

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/east-texas-panhellenic-step-show-tickets-87974759875


Theater:

Feb 14, 2020

Dreamgirls

Tyler Civic Theater, Tyler, Texas

https://tylercivictheatre.com/

Feb 22, 2020

Playwrighting Workshop

MKW Theatrical Consulting 

Tyler, Texas

https://www.facebook.com/events/534151880569497/

Fine Art:

Feb 8, 2020

Arcadia SHOW TRE

Martin Walker, P.C., Downtown Tyler, Texas

https://www.facebook.com/events/1766981960103778/

Feb 21, 2020

KilGogh Arts Festival

Kilgore, Texas

https://www.kilgoremainstreet.com/artist-information


Creative – Fun – Informative:

Feb 7-9, 2020

Rise of the Machines

Harvey Hall, Tyler, Texas

https://texasinked.com/events-calendar/riseofthemachine2020

Feb 22, 2020

Beginner Water Color – Florals

The Crafty Fox

Tyler, Texas

https://www.facebook.com/events/1090221811318896/

Feb 28, 2020

Melodies of a Golden Age

Liberty Hall, Tyler, Texas

https://www.facebook.com/events/2432489313677274/

Make sure to check out the Edom Art Emporium for fun 2020 events!

https://edomartemporium.com/


Continue to check back with us each month. As we grow so will the list of events we come in contact with. Together we can make East Texas a fine arts district to rival any metropolitan area. 

Would you like an event featured on Your etx creatives Monthly Planner?  Fill out this simple form to let us know: https://forms.gle/wnQMAcy8bEZcH2SD9

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