The Galveston Arts Center
―Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA)
Best Art Guru: Clint Willour
Houston Press, Best of Houston 2007
The Art for All education initiative was developed to foster individual and community growth by encouraging adults and children alike to explore the creative process in a nurturing environment to build self confidence and improve problem solving skills. Through Art for All education outreach programs, GAC is able to promote the visual arts not only by bringing the community into the Arts Center, but also by taking GAC into the community in order to reach those who might not otherwise have access to visual arts programs. Classes are offered free of charge to participants and provide artist instructors and supplies to previously underserved populations. Art classes for both children and adults are offered year-round in GAC’s studio classroom and all participants are invited to exhibit their work in the newly initiated Art for All.
For over 20 years the Galveston Arts Center has produced ArtWalk on Saturday nights in the heart of the historic district. Now spreading to other parts of the island, ArtWalk occurs approximately every six weeks. Not a street festival, ArtWalk takes place in existing commercial galleries, non-profit arts spaces and what are called “other walls”restaurants and retail stores. One of the Galveston Arts Center’s largest programs, ArtWalk promotes visual art and supports our arts-based community, offering alternative places to see and learn about art.
ArtWorks Retail Gallery
GAC presents a showcase for fine craft artists and artisans from around Texas working in all media, including woodworking, ceramics, metalsmithing and jewelry in the ArtWorks shop. Unique handcrafted pieces are taken on commission and sold to support both the artist and the Arts Center.