The Best Ticket in Town
Tyler Junior College, the Tyler Museum of Art and others are again offering a spring arts festival packed with happenings and performances and collaboration between multiple departments during the entire month of April.
The festival is a celebration of Tyler’s Cultural Arts District and the dynamic arts programs at Tyler Junior College that provide rich experiences. This event is a collaboration of Art Club, The Bell Tower Arts Journal, International Education Club, Tyler Museum of Art, and the Art, Music, Theater, Speech, Theatre, Dance, and Visual Communications departments. It is sponsored by Communications and Student Media, English, History and Geography, Humanities and Philosophy, Mathematics, Presidential Honors, Sigma Kappa Delta (English Honor Society), and Creative Services.
For more information call (903)510-2200.
Cultural Arts District Street Fair
This year will include a Cultural Arts District Street Fair on Mahon Street. Come experience everything the TJC Arts District has to offer at 3pm on April 27th, with food, live music, gallery tours, planetarium shows, and performances spread across five venues.
Check out local artists at the outdoor market before taking in a comedy at the theatre, or create memories with your whole family at the Tyler Museum of Art. Snack on some light bites from TJC’s new Culinary Arts Program before seeing an eye-popping show at the planetarium.
Let the dance department take you on an adventure to a magical castle, and finish off the evening with some live music and star-gazing with high-powered telescopes.
Whether it’s your first time in the Cultural Arts District or you’ve been visiting for years, there will be something new for everyone.
Admission to the Street Fair is free, but anyone who books passes early will receive a special thank you gift at the event.
The Annual Arts Festival germinated from the notion of Dr. Linda Gary (TJC Dean of Humanities, Communications and Fine Arts) a few years ago: “Since TJC has all these great departments conducting all these great activities, coordinating the things we are already doing – this will allow us to better share them with students and our community. There are some entertaining, cultural, enlightening events taking place right here. Find the ones you are interested in, check them all out, and reconnect to the shared human condition and come celebrate the arts.”
2019 April Art Festival
On view at the Tyler Museum of Art through April 20th is “Lone Star Impressions: Prints by Peregrine Press,” and through May 5th the “15th Annual High School Art Exhibit” will be on display. For more info go to tylermuseum.org.
The TJC Wise Auditorium Art Gallery will host “The Work of Joanna Gifford” through April 20th and the “Performance Grant Student Art Exhibition” April 24th-May 10th.
The “Art Club Food Drive” benefiting East Texas CARES Food Pantry goes through April 26th. Donations may be dropped off in the Jenkins Hall Art Department Lobby.
April 1st-4th is the “Art Club’s 16th Annual Silent Art Auction Fundraiser” which is sponsored by and benefiting the Art Club. Proceeds help fund scholarships, allow the art club to make charitable donations (i.e. Make-A-Wish), pay for field trips and events, and buy supplies. The auction will end Thursday, April 4th at 2pm. Works by students, faculty, and local artists will be displayed in the Art Department Hallway of Jenkins Hall. Winning bids will be contacted after the close of the auction. You do not have to be present to win but it sure helps.
April 1st-August 1st, “The Beauty of Art and Medicine III” will be at the Garden Level of the Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences Building.
April 8th-May 2nd, the “Faculty/Staff Art Exhibition” will be shown in the Vaughn Library. This is an art exhibition displaying the many talents of different TJC personnel including folks from campus safety, administration, support staff, non-art professors, and maintenance employees.
April 8th, “The Kabba: The Center of the Islamic World” will be presented in Jenkins Hall J 1109 at 5pm; the “Silent Film Bash: in Jenkins Hall J 1109 at 6:30pm.
April 9th, the “Silent Film Bash” will be held in Jenkins Hall J 1109 at 6:30pm as well as a Guest Artist Recital with Jessica Rosas-Posada, Soprano, in Jean Browne Theatre at 7pm.
April 10th, Coffee House: Chamber Ensemble will perform at 12 noon at Tyler Museum of Art lobby. A “Wordshop: Creative Writing” will be held in Jenkins Hall J 1109 at 4pm; and “Silent Film Bash” will be shown in Jenkins Hall J 1109 at 6:30pm.
April 11th, “The Golden Ratio: Mathematics and the Beauty of Art, Architecture & Nature” will be presented in Jenkins Hall J 1109 at 4:30pm; and “Silent Film Bash” will be shown in Jenkins Hall J 1109 at 6:30pm.
April 12th, Student Recital Series will be performed at 12 noon in the TJC Jean Browne Theatre; “Silent Film Bash” will be shown in Jenkins Hall J 1109 at 6:30pm; and “DanceFest: Beauty and the Beast” will be performed in Wise Auditorium at 7pm.
April 13th, “DanceFest: Beauty and the Beast” will be performed in Wise Auditorium at 2pm & 7pm.
April 14th, “DanceFest: Beauty and the Beast” will be performed in Wise Auditorium at 2pm.
April 15th, “The Bell Tower Arts Journal” Launch Party will be at 2pm in the TJC Jenkins Hall Art Department Lobby. The unveiling of the latest edition of the “Bell Tower Arts Journal” includes selected artwork, poetry, and prose from students.
April 16th, “TJC’s Annual International Day” celebrates diversity and worldwide cultures with an amazing lineup of events and activities 9am-5pm in the Apache Rooms of the Rogers Student Center. A “Distinguished Lecture Series with Kebharu Smith,” Federal Prosecutor, will be at 10am in Jean Browne Theatre; “Reading Your Work: Public Reading” will be in Jenkins Hall J 1109 at 4pm; and a Speech & Debate Showcase will be held in Jean Browne Theatre at 5:30pm.
April 17th, Coffee House: Instrumental and Chamber Ensembles will perform at 12 noon at Tyler Museum of Art lobby.
April 18th, the Student Math Competition will be in Jenkins Hall J 1109 at 6:30pm; and the Jazz Band Concert will be at 7pm in Wise Auditorium.
April 19th, the Student Recital Series will be at 12 noon in the TJC Jean Browne Theatre.
April 22nd, the Student Film Festival will be in the TJC Apache Rooms at 1pm; and “Be an Anchor” at 4pm in the Newsroom (Potter 204).
April 23rd, Rock the Garden will be held with games, music, and activities in the TJC Genecov garden area beginning at 10am; a Reception for “The Beauty of Art and Medicine III” will be held at the Garden Level of the Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences Building at 5:30pm; and the Percussion Ensemble/Steel Drum Band will perform at 7pm in Wise Auditorium.
April 24th, the 10th Annual THUNDERDOME Art competition will take place where there is only one winner – all other entries are destroyed by the annihilator. BYOT (Bring your own tears)! This will be held at 12 noon in the Jenkins Courtyard, Coffee House; a Faculty Recital will take place at 12 noon in the Tyler Museum of Art Lobby; and “Vrooommm!” will be on stage at 7:30pm in Jean Browne Theatre.
April 25th, Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band Concert will perform at 7pm in Wise Auditorium; and “Vrooommm!” will be on stage at 7:30pm in Jean Browne Theatre.
April 26th, a Student Recital Series will be held at 12 noon in Jean Browne Theatre; and “Vrooommm!” will be on stage at 7:30pm in Jean Browne Theatre.
April 27th, Cultural Arts District Street Fair will be held on Mahon Street starting at 3pm; and “Vrooommm!” will be on stage at 7:30pm in Jean Browne Theatre.
April 29th, Tyler Black Film Festival will be held in Jenkins Hall J 1109 at 6:30pm.
April 30th, “100 Years Ago Film Festival” will be held in Jenkins Hall J 1109 at 6:30pm; and a Choral Concert will be held at 7pm in Wise Auditorium.
Tyler Junior College is located at 1400 E. Fifth St., Tyler. The Tyler Junior College Wise Auditorium Fine Arts Building and TJC’s Jean Browne Theatre in the Wise Cultural Arts Building are located near South Mahon Ave. across from the Tyler Museum of Art.
There is something for everyone offered here. Find the events, exhibits, and performances you are interested in and come enjoy. It really is the best ticket in town!
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