Enriching lives with the Arts through community-wide advocacy, education, outreach and promotion.
Through the leadership of Dr. Al Langford, Midland College provided a part-time director, Dr. Charles Stewart, and resources to establish the Assembly. In 1982, the first board of trustees was elected.
ART FOR CHILDREN
Also 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 December of 1981, in response to goals expressed through the “Objectives for Midland: the Eighties” program, the Midland Arts Assembly was formed and incorporated.
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.
In 1984, the first Celebration of the Arts Festival was held in Midland, TX.
ARTS COUNCIL OF MIDLAND
In 1988, the Midland Arts Assembly changed its name to the Arts Assembly of Midland.
In 1989, our sub-granting program supporting other Midland arts organizations began.
ART THROUGHOUT TOWN
In 1993, the CityArt project was begun to cover the graffiti in our West Texas 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.
Also in 2003, Arts Assembly of Midland 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, Arts Assembly of Midland 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 new website were inaugurated.