San Angelo, TX Arts Scene
PHOTO CREDIT: J. Kyle Keener
Now playing: Plenty of arts-related events and venues throughout San Angelo. Here are some highlights:
San Angelo Academy Broadway Youth Theatre
San Angelo Academy Broadway Youth Theatre is a nonprofit, educational theatrical facility for children in the San Angelo area. Participants receive an education in drama, music and the inner workings of the theater, and are taught by trained professionals. Previous performances have included Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, Scrooged, Mulan and Narnia.
San Angelo Performing Arts Center
A proposed San Angelo Performing Arts Center is planned for 2014, with fundraising currently taking place. Backing the upcoming project is the San Angelo Performing Arts Coalition, which is made up of trustees from the Angelo Civic Theater, San Angelo Symphony, San Angelo Civic Ballet and San Angelo Cultural Affairs Council.
Old Chicken Farm Art Center, which provides housing and workspaces for select artists, includes two galleries open to the public as well as 15 artists' studios. The center also offers a bed-and-breakfast and an eatery called Silo House Restaurant, both of which are open year round.
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts offers three galleries as well as a rooftop sculpture terrace that provides a view of the city. The museum also includes a multipurpose meeting room and a research library, which are open to the public by appointment.
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts is also home to the San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, held in April on even-numbered years. The competition involves a juror from the local ceramics community choosing the top 100 pieces from more than 1,500 entries. A mini-exhibit that highlights the work of a well-known ceramic artist is also on display.
International Waterlily Collection
The International Waterlily Collection is the only premier waterlily display in North America. Created and developed by Kenneth Landon in the late 1980s, the collection features rare plants. The collection is displayed at Civic League Park and includes a variety of waterlilies, including new hybrids, tropical day bloomers, tropical night bloomers and more.
Historic Murals of San Angelo
HMSA began in 1997, when art enthusiast Susan Morris proposed a plan to install murals to revitalize the downtown area and obtained support to move forward on the idea. In 2002, The History of Transportation in San Angelo became the first mural, and today there are nine that are all within walking distance of each other throughout the district.
San Angelo Symphony
Providing classical concerts, family events and educational programs, the San Angelo Symphony is focused on offering entertainment and education to the community. The symphony includes several orchestra members playing a variety of classical instruments.
Angelo Civic Theatre
Angelo Civic Theatre traces its roots to a dramatic society formed in 1885 – a vivid testament to San Angelo's artistic spirit. Each year, the theater produces five productions (plus a summer show), offering a slate of musicals, classics and contemporary works for a multigenerational audience. The theater has two venues: the main stage that seats 230, and the studio that seats 50. Through its youth programs, the theater also cultivates a new generation. Each year, students audition to be part of the Youth Company, a performance and production workshop.
San Angelo Civic Ballet
The Nutcracker is the San Angelo Civic Ballet's annual tradition, but the group offers much more. In addition to the holiday favorite, the ballet also spearheads the annual Spring Student Showcase and Summer Arts Conservatory, all of which allow San Angeloans to experience a variety of expressions in the medium of dance.
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