Angelo State University - The faculty, students and staff at ASU provide a wide variety of artistic opportunities. This link will take you to their events calendar. Departments in music, theater, visual arts, english and science as well as multi-cultural organizations, national fraternities/sororities, and other clubs assure that there is always something to do at ASU!
Angelo Civic Theatre - 325-949-4400 - 1936 Sherwood Way, 76901 - In 1885, officers’ wives from Fort Concho established a dramatic society to raise funds for the purchase of a town clock. Angelo Civic Theatre remains dedicated to building a dynamic artistic organization that continues to serve future generations. The Theatre produces a season of mainstage productions featuring area performers and artists. ACT offers musicals, classics, and contemporary works in order to serve a multi-generational audience base. The Theatre has two venues seating 230 and 50 respectively. Through youth programs, the Theatre cultivates the next generation of theatre lovers. In 1980, the organization purchased the Parkway (Movie) Theater and after extensive remodeling moved into its current location. Tickets can be purchased for the season or for single events. Volunteers are always welcome!
Chicken Farm Art Center - 325-653-4936 - 2505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 76903 - In 1971, the Chicken Farm Art Center was founded by Roger Allen, Richard Ramirez and Bill Rich. Their vision transformed the grounds of an abandoned chicken farm into a vibrant place where artists can live and work. Today, a quaint bed-and-breakfast and a fine dining restaurant, Salt at the Silo House, also grace the property. The Art Center offers an eclectic mixture of imagination-stirring work in over 15 studios including ceramics, pottery, painting, copper wall sculptures, stone sculptures, mosaics, photography, creative/vintage clothing and much more. On the first Saturday of each month, the Art Center features the works of invited artists, opens the doors of the resident artists’ studios, fires up the outdoor pizza oven (which just happens to be a very large chicken) and sets up the Chicken Pickers circle for local musicians. Blacksmiths and metal artists set up shop in the forge, kids get free clay and other artists just do their thing!
San Angelo Civic Ballet - 325-653-8877 - 15 West Beauregard, 76903 - The Civic Ballet exists to foster creativity, self-esteem and discipline, while encouraging dancers toward joy in their art. The organization is dedicated to helping people reach their full potential. Year-round training is offered in a wide range of classes including classical ballet, adult ballet, creative movement, tap, jazz, pilates and yoga. The ballet has a tuition assistance program. Performances include The Nutcracker (since 1983), Evening of Dance each spring, Peter & the Wolf each summer as well as others. Internationally known guest dancers/choreographers are often included! Currently, the ballet is under the dynamic direction of Meghann Bridgeman (since 2006) She has danced professionally in principal roles since age 16 with the Alabama Ballet and Ballet Austin. She trained at the Nashville Ballet, NYC’s Joffrey Ballet School and the American Ballet Theatre.
Fort Concho National Historic Landmark - 325-481-2646 - 630 S. Oakes, 76903 - Founded by the US Army in 1867, Fort Concho was one of a chain of forts erected after the Civil War to secure Central/West Texas as the settlers headed west. Conflicts with the native tribes, lawlessness by various criminals, protection of stage and cattle drives, and the mapping and surveying of the area's vast territories all fell to the soldiers who called Fort Concho home from until 1889. The soldiers' payroll created the whiskey town of Santa Angela that eventually grew and prospered after the army closed the post. Today's forty-acre/twenty-four building site represents nine decades of restoration dating back to 1928, The fort ranks as America's best preserved frontier fort. The site hosts programs including: Art displays, Speaker Series, holiday events, Christmas at Old Fort Concho (attracting 17,000 guests!) and ongoing children's programs. Over 60,000 visit and use Fort Concho annually from all fifty states and a dozen foreign countries.
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts - 325-653-3333 - 1 Love Street, 76903 - Since 1981 SAMFA’s guiding tenet is: “not just art on the walls, but art in our lives.” Its array of exhibits, workshops and seminars have touched most all in our community. In the past 25 years, SAMFA has hosted over 280 exhibits including artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Winslow Homer and Norman Rockwell. SAMFA also helped found the West Texas Triangle, a consortium of five museums throughout the region allowing for simultaneous exhibits of world-class artists. SAMFA has also focused on contemporary ceramics as the foundation for its reputation as an innovator. Since 1986, the museum has hosted the National Ceramics Competition, heralded as “the premier clay show in America.” Each April (in even years) the Museum hosts the National Competition and every other year a Ceramics Invitational. Artists from around the world converge on San Angelo for a week-long celebration of creativity and clay.
Aside from touring exhibits, SAMFA’s permanent collection is rapidly growing to become one of the most complete in the region. SAMFA also offers Art Thursdays and Family Days, low-cost, family-oriented creative experiences; a Chamber Music Series and other special events. SAMFA’s dedication to the community, education and to artistic excellence earned it both the National Award for Museum Service, the highest honor afforded museums by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, and accreditation by the American Association of Museums, a distinction bestowed on only 774 museums in America.
San Angelo Symphony - 325-658-5877 - 36 E. Twohig Cactus Hotel suite 201, 76903 - The San Angelo was founded in 1949 under the direction of Dr. Eric Sorantin. The orchestra currently performs under the direction of Maestro Hector Guzman, who acts as music director for a number of symphonies in Texas and Mexico. True to its mission of "promoting the highest caliber music programming with an emphasis on symphonic music...," the Symphony produces eight concerts annualy including a Christmas and Family Pops concert (the July 3rd Family Pops is the fourth largest event of its type in Texas, reaching more than 40,000 people with equal measures of fine music and heart-felt patriotism).
Another facet of its mission is diverse music education. Each year, the Symphony holds a Youth Concert, inviting third-fifth grade students to attend this free event. Music teachers are provided with the music and a curriculum in advance, so the students can make the most of this experience. The Art to Music program uses music to inspire elementary students to create visual art, which is then showcased at one of the Symphony performances.