ACM ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW
A brief history…
In response to goals expressed through the “Objectives for Midland: the Eighties” program, the Midland Arts Assembly was formed and incorporated in December of 1981. As Midland’s council for the arts, the Assembly was to serve as a promotional and public relations vehicle to promote the arts and stimulate community participation and support.
Through the leadership of Dr. Al Langford, Midland College provided a part-time director, Dr. Charles Stewart, and resources to establish the Assembly. The first board of trustees was elected in 1982. The first Celebration of the Arts Festival was held in 1984.
In 1984 the KidsArts & Company program was begun at Casa de Amigos to provide free art classes and a variety of arts experiences to underserved children. In 1988, the Midland Arts Assembly changed its name to the Arts Assembly of Midland. In 1989, our Subgranting program to other Midland arts organizations began and in 1993, the CityArt project was begun to cover the graffiti in our town with wall art. In 2003 Corals mural project was created transforming columns at intersections in the Big Spring corridor into large-scale “core samples” reflecting a part of our oil industry. That same year, AAM presented Buffalo Basin, a community-wide sculpture exhibition of life-sized buffalo sculptures designed and painted by more than a dozen area artists.
In the spring of 2011, AAM changed its name to Arts Council of Midland to more clearly describe our organization for our community and beyond. With this change, an updated logo and brand new website was inaugurated.
Arts Assembly of Midland Board of Trustees 2012-2013
Mr. J. Don Wallace
Mrs. Laura Roman
Mrs. Shawnna Boren
Mr. Joe Dominey
Ms. Adrienne Taylor
Immediate Past President
Mrs. Valerie Tinker
Board of Trustees
Mrs. Karmen Bryant
Mrs. Whitney Groves
Mrs. Gail Heathington
Mr. Steven Jeffcoat
Mrs. Cheri Jones
Mr. Gabe Lawson
Mr. Zac Marshall
Ms. Kelly Murphy
Mr. Curtis Nethery
Mr. Jim Nichols
Mrs. Shelly Robertson
Mr. Spencer Sipko
Mr. Ben Telesca
Mr. John Wantland
Arts Assembly of Midland Staff
Mr. Danny Holeva
Ms. Mary Smith
ARTS COUNCIL OF MIDLAND PROGRAMS …
The Arts Council of Midland’s mission is “enriching lives with the arts through community-wide advocacy, education, outreach and promotion.” Our goals are to serve as the focal point of advocacy, coordination, promotion, and scheduling of the arts in Midland; to advance the arts in Midland through Subgranting to qualified local arts organizations; to be of economic benefit to Midland; and to facilitate art education.
Art in the Park –
This program was begun in 1998 as an outgrowth of CityArt. Each year, four sculptures are placed in Windlands Park and remain throughout that year. Now in its 13th season, Art in the Park is a collaborative effort between ACM and the City of Midland/Parks and Recreation Department.
Artist Studio Tour-
Begun in 2009, Artist Studio Tour is an annual event for the Arts Council. This program is held the first weekend in November showcasing artist’s studios at different studios throughout the city. As many as a half a dozen artists may display their pieces at each studio location. In addition, a Sneak-a-Peek preview party is held for the artists for sponsors and supporters to get a first look at their artwork on the evening before the tour. In 2009 eighteen artists participated at four studios and approximately 150 people attended the tour. In 2010 32 artists participated at seven artist studios with over 225 people doing the tour. Artists offer their creative works for sale during the weekend.
Celebration of the Arts -
This weekend tribute to the visual and performing arts is designed to benefit the entire community, to increase tourism, and to raise funds for Arts Council’s operating budget. COA includes a Friday evening Preview Party (typical attendance is 600 people); Festival activities, 65 visual artists, Arts Experience area for children and people of all ages with hands-on activities, take away projects, demonstrations and displays and performance stages. Saturday evening brings an outdoor Street Concert/Dance of two to three bands performing for a crowd that usually approaches 3500 people.
KidsArts & Company -
The purpose of this program was to increase participation in visual and performing arts among children from low-income families who might not otherwise be exposed to the arts. Weekly instruction in the visual and performing arts was provided free of charge at various locations.
The purpose of this free program is to allow an opportunity for children to be exposed to theatrical arts. Midland Community Theatre’s Pickwick Players (teen theatrical troupe) provide instruction as well have the opportunity to direct the younger attendees.
This program was begun in 1993 in response to a Midland County Grand Jury recommendation that a group be formed to remove the graffiti painted by gangs and vandals in our community. The purpose of the project is to encourage other civic organizations and businesses to adopt and beautify a building or city wall by painting over the graffiti with wall art.
Buffalo Basin –
This program, begun in 2003, was an exhibition of life-sized buffalo sculptures designed and painted by area and regional artists. The sculptures were located in prominent areas as a way of raising public awareness of the arts, utilizing the creativity of diverse community organizations and individuals.
Overpass columns have been transformed through murals to resemble large-scale core samples. Arts Council worked with Texas Department of Transportation and completed the column murals at Big Spring Street and Loop 250, Big Spring and Front Streets, and Rankin Highway and Interstate 20. Abell-Hanger Foundation provided ACM a matching grant to complete this project. The last phase was placing painted disks, resembling cross-sections of core samples, on the walls on both sides of the underpass at Big Spring and Front Streets.
Christmas tree at the Airport/MSW –
Begun in December 2001, Arts Council has decorated a large artificial tree in the lobby of Midland International Airport for the enjoyment of airport visitors during the holiday season. Arts Council also decorates a tree at the Museum of the Southwest every November, as part of Christmas at the Mansion.
Arts Council awarded Midland College students with a $500 Arts & Humanities scholarship in the fall and spring semesters.
3600 Exhibition Series –
Arts Council of Midland sponsors this special series in the fall and spring semesters at Midland College.
Through this program, the Arts Assembly grants funds to eligible arts projects and organizations in Midland. As of September 2010, ACM has awarded over $1,330,000 in Subgrants in twenty years.
Midland Marquee/Calendar of Events -
This calendar of cultural events is published weekly in the Midland Reporter-Telegram and on our web site; a yearly calendar of events is maintained by the Council to minimize scheduling conflicts among Midland’s arts organizations.