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Community Painting Party – “Preserving History” Mural

On Thursday, October 24th from 9am-7pm, the Arts and Culture Board will host a community painting party for community members to come out and help paint portions of the “Preserving History” mural that honors Mary Smith Bailey, founder of the Mary Bailey Head Start Center in Georgetown.  This is a unique opportunity to engage and … Continue reading “Community Painting Party – “Preserving History” Mural”

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“Preserving History” Mural at City Hall and the Historic African American Shotgun House

The “Preserving History” mural by Devon Clarkson and Norma Clark will start to take form at the back of City Hall in late October 2019. Because the mural will also form a backdrop to the Historic African American Shotgun House, the Arts and Culture Board worked with the non-profit that operates the Shotgun House – … Continue reading ““Preserving History” Mural at City Hall and the Historic African American Shotgun House”

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City Hall Gallery Features Artwork by Gary Anderson

The current exhibit at City Hall features local artist Gary Anderson from July 1 – September 31. “Compelled to explore discarded, anachronistic, and misplaced items, Gary Anderson’s work endeavors to offer objects an afterlife within other forms. By performing repetitive and rhythmic artistic tasks, he creates families of related shapes and textures, resulting in the … Continue reading “City Hall Gallery Features Artwork by Gary Anderson”

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Georgetown Arts and Culture Grants Awarded

At the July 2019 Board meeting, the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board approved $10,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations and schools. The grants will help fund local poetry, literature, visual art, music, theatre, and film events and programs in Georgetown. The Georgetown arts and culture community is expanding and developing quickly, as … Continue reading “Georgetown Arts and Culture Grants Awarded”

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City of Georgetown Sculpture Tour – Call for Entries is Now Open!

2019-2020 City Sculpture Tour The Call is now open!  The City of Georgetown invites entries for its annual City Sculpture Tour – a juried, year-long outdoor exhibition in Georgetown’s historic Cultural District. Sculpture Tour applications will be accepted June 1 – August 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 tour. Each sculptor may submit up to three … Continue reading “City of Georgetown Sculpture Tour – Call for Entries is Now Open!”

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Call for Grant Proposals Now Open!

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is now inviting grant proposals for art, music, theatre, dance, and cultural heritage events or projects occurring Oct. 2019-March 2020 . Nonprofit organizations, schools, informal arts and culture organizations, and individual artists who are creating public art, arts and culture programming, or an event open to the public are … Continue reading “Call for Grant Proposals Now Open!”

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Mayoral Proclamation for Mary Ellen Butler, Georgetown Palace Theatre

The Mayor and the City of Georgetown would like to pay tribute to Mary Ellen Butler of the Georgetown Palace Theatre for her contributions to the arts and culture scene of Georgetown and honor her for her extraordinary talents and achievements.  The Mayor will present Mary Ellen Butler with a mayoral proclamation at 6 PM … Continue reading “Mayoral Proclamation for Mary Ellen Butler, Georgetown Palace Theatre”

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“Lady of Georgetown” and “Colorful Georgetown” Day

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 was proclaimed “Lady of Georgetown” and “Colorful Georgetown” Day in a Mayoral Proclamation for the art students from Eastview High School who were selected to participate in the City of Georgetown’s Utility Box Art Project. “Lady of Georgetown” by Mya Stoessel was selected by the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board for … Continue reading ““Lady of Georgetown” and “Colorful Georgetown” Day”

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Public Art at the new City Center

On March 25th, the City of Georgetown celebrated the grand opening of two City buildings that are part of a civic campus for City government offices. Known as City Center, the new civic campus includes City Hall and Council and Court buildings as well as the existing Georgetown Public Library that opened in 2007, the … Continue reading “Public Art at the new City Center”

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Sculpture Tour map is live!

After a great collaboration between the City’s Geographic Information System (GIS) and Arts and Culture departments, we are pleased to present an interactive map of this year’s Sculpture Tour. Navigate the pieces by clicking the images at the bottom of the map or by clicking the numbers on the map itself. To view the Sculpture … Continue reading “Sculpture Tour map is live!”

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Awards announced in 2018-19 Sculpture Tour

The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board has awarded Marble Falls sculptor Dan Pogue the First Prize award in this year’s Sculpture Tour, a juried year-long outdoor exhibit in the busy Georgetown Cultural District. Pogue won for his piece “Matching Pair,” a bronze piece that depicts two zebras facing each other. Second Prize went … Continue reading “Awards announced in 2018-19 Sculpture Tour”

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Call for proposals for events occurring April-September 2019

The call for grant proposals for events occurring April-September 2019 is now closed. Applicants will be notified once the Arts and Culture Board has reviewed all of the proposals. The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board invites grant proposals for art, music, theatre, and cultural heritage events or projects twice each year. Nonprofit organizations, schools, informal arts … Continue reading “Call for proposals for events occurring April-September 2019”

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Call for Artist Proposals: Art for City Buildings

Project:  The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is issuing a call for artist proposals for the new City Hall and Municipal Court. Three areas have been identified for artwork. A theme has not been selected for the spaces to allow each artist an opportunity to present their own unique vision for the space.  … Continue reading “Call for Artist Proposals: Art for City Buildings”

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Dr. Paul Gaffney

Dr. Paul Gaffney’s contributions to arts and culture in Georgetown were recognized  in a mayoral proclamation at the City Council meeting on February 27, 2018. The proclamation came on the heels of Gaffney’s retirement from Southwestern University December 31 after nearly 40 years teaching,

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Two GISD art students honored at City Council meeting

Two art students from Georgetown ISD were acknowledged with a mayoral proclamation at the Sept. 26 City Council meeting. Mikaela Simmang is a senior at East View High School whose work was featured in the Georgetown Art Center’s GISD High School AP Exhibit this year. Also this year, she was the recipient of 2 gold … Continue reading “Two GISD art students honored at City Council meeting”

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Economic Impact: The Role of the Arts and Culture Sector in Georgetown, Texas

In 2017 the City of Georgetown contracted with TXP, Inc., an Austin economic analysis and public policy consulting firm, to conduct an economic impact study over the role of the arts in Georgetown’s economy. That study was completed and presented to the Georgetown City Council in April 2017. Travis James, Vice President for TXP, authored … Continue reading “Economic Impact: The Role of the Arts and Culture Sector in Georgetown, Texas”

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City of Georgetown 2017-2018 Sculpture Tour Call for Entries and Application

Please see 2018-2019 information here: https://arts.georgetown.org/call-for-entries-sculpture-tour-2018-2019/ NOW OPEN June 1-Aug. 1, 2018 **This call closed Sept. 1, 2017. Thank you to all the sculptors who submitted pieces for consideration! The Arts & Culture Board’s decisions will be made and communicated to you by Sept. 30.** The City of Georgetown has issued a call for entries for … Continue reading “City of Georgetown 2017-2018 Sculpture Tour Call for Entries and Application”

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City to issue call for Sculpture Tour submissions May 1

The City of Georgetown will accept applications for its annual outdoor Sculpture Tour beginning on May 1, 2017. Nine works of art will be selected, and sculptors will receive a $500 honorarium no honoraria will be paid; instead, all nine sculptures selected for this year’s Sculpture Tour will receive a cash prize ranging from $500 (Honorable … Continue reading “City to issue call for Sculpture Tour submissions May 1”

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A survey of artists, musicians, actors, writers, and other creatives in Georgetown

The City of Georgetown has contracted TXP, Inc. to analyze the economic impact of the arts in the city. The focus of the study is to document the role of arts and culture in Georgetown’s local economy. This survey is intended to gather primary data on Georgetown’s arts community and will help frame the rest … Continue reading “A survey of artists, musicians, actors, writers, and other creatives in Georgetown”

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A survey to assess the impact of the arts on Georgetown’s downtown

The City of Georgetown has contracted TXP, Inc. to analyze the economic impact of the arts in the city. The focus of the study is to document the role of arts and culture in Georgetown’s local economy. This survey is intended to gather primary data on the relationship between downtown businesses and the local arts … Continue reading “A survey to assess the impact of the arts on Georgetown’s downtown”

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Georgetown Arts & Culture Board Awards Grants to Local Organizations

At its November 2016 meeting, the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board approved $20,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations and schools. The grants will help fund local art, music, theatre, and cultural heritage events or projects in Georgetown. The amounts and projects funded in this grant cycle are: Festival of the Arts, for support of the … Continue reading “Georgetown Arts & Culture Board Awards Grants to Local Organizations”

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Awards Announced in 2016 Art Hop Exhibit

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2016 Art Hop Exhibit

9/30/2016 – 10/29/2016

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Carol Light

Carol Light’s contributions to arts and culture in Georgetown were recognized Nov. 8, 2016  in a proclamation at a City Council meeting that acknowledged her career and lifetime of service to the arts. Mayor Dale Ross remarked on Light’s contribution as an artist at the meeting. “Carol Light is a very talented artist and a … Continue reading “Carol Light”

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Sculpture Demonstrations Sept. 17 in the Library Lobby

Come and see sculptors demonstrate their craft on Saturday, September 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Library lobby. The demonstrations are a come-and-go event, free and open to the public. Participating sculptors include Dar Richardson (clay), Vera Smiley (mixed media), Mary Griffin (bronze), and Linda Wilde (sculptural mosaics). The Texas Society of Sculptors’ … Continue reading “Sculpture Demonstrations Sept. 17 in the Library Lobby”

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Ellsworth Peterson

After receiving his doctorate in music from Harvard, Georgetown native Ellsworth Peterson realized his dream of coming home and building a career that has enriched the lives of students, residents and visitors through music. His many contributions to the arts were acknowledged by a mayoral proclamation naming Jan. 24 as Ellsworth Peterson Day. The recognition took place … Continue reading “Ellsworth Peterson”

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2016-2017 Georgetown Arts & Culture Guide

The new edition of the City’s Arts and Culture Guide is now available. The Guide includes a calendar of art, music, theatre, and cultural events in town from September 2016 through August 2017, as well as an arts and culture business directory, a Cultural District map, and other features. The Guide lists events offered by Southwestern University’s … Continue reading “2016-2017 Georgetown Arts & Culture Guide”

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Dar Richardson

Local artist and arts organizer Dar Richardson was recognized July 16, 2017 when Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross read a proclamation making the day Dar Richardson Day in Georgetown. The proclamation was planned as a surprise to Richardson. The Georgetown Arts & Culture Board had suggested the proclamation as a way to recognize Richardson’s role in … Continue reading “Dar Richardson”

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2017 Red Poppy Festival Call for Art

The City of Georgetown announces The Call For Entries for the 2017 Red Poppy Festival Poster Art. The Winning Artist will receive: -$500 Cash Award – Artist’s Reception (First Friday, April 7, 2017) – 2’ x 4’ Street Banner -The Artist will retain ownership and all rights to their artwork. – The Artist will agree … Continue reading “2017 Red Poppy Festival Call for Art”

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The Table on Main with Jazz by La Grosse Tete Oct. 2

Imagine an evening with friends sharing local food and drinks at a long wooden table in the heart of downtown Georgetown underneath the stars of a Texas sky. You can be a part of this one-of-a-kind event on The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas while helping Georgetown celebrate October as National Arts & Humanities Month. … Continue reading “The Table on Main with Jazz by La Grosse Tete Oct. 2”

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