ARTS believes the arts should be available to rural students just as it is to children in large cities. The best way to expose our youth and adults to the arts is to bring the fine arts to our communities.
Art After School
ARTS offers three semesters of Art After School a year, for six weeks each semester. Classes are held in a variety of sites. Two sessions are held twice a week in La Grange ISD, Sacred Heart, Round Top, St. Rose of Lima, Weimar Elem, once a week in Fayetteville, Flatonia, Boys & Girls Club in Schulenburg, Schulenburg Elementary, Boys & Girls Club in Weimar, and St. Michaels. Art After School is offered to 1st through 12th grade to enhance the school art curriculum. This program serves children eager to learn more about art. No one is excluded from attending our classes. ARTS is committed to supporting local artists by hiring them to instruct in our programs. This program has grown from two classes serving a few students to multiple classes serving over 1,000 children per session. There is no charge to the students or the schools.
Fine Art Assemblies
ARTS offers Fine Art Assemblies in each school year and schedules with the blessing of the school administrators.To expose the largest number of students to the programs, assemblies are provided in each school district. This school year, 5,000 students from Fayetteville, Flatonia, Industry, La Grange, Round Top/Carmine, Schulenburg, Weimar school districts and three private schools attended our Fine Art Assemblies. In the past, assemblies such as "The Princess and the Pea", Houston Symphony Three-Piece Ensemble, Brian Burns' Texas History in Song, The Rogues Bagpipe Band, concert pianist Rick Rowley, Puppets Pizzazz, violinist Rebecca Browne, Ballet Austin, guitarist Brian Ashley Jones and Arkansas folk duo, Still on the Hill, were offered to our students. Fine Art Assemblies continue to grow as we seek out new and exciting experiences for our students to share. There is no charge to schools or students.
Students watching the Austin Ballet and Houston Grand Opera
Summer Art Camp & Teen Workshops
Summer Art Camp begins in June. In each of our six-week weekly summer sessions, there are two art instructors (with assistance) and 175 + students. Different media are explored, including visual and performing arts.
We keep the Summer Art Camp affordable, and we offer scholarships for those that cannot afford the fee.
Ross Gallery Exhibits
ARTS offers an annual group show for members, a show of work by instructors and seven individual exhibits throughout the year. Classes from local schools come to the gallery to visit with the artists and to learn about the artists and their media. (This program is required of visiting artists and free to the schools.) Our exhibits and programs have been well received by students, teachers and artists.
The Children's Gallery
Adjacent to the Ross Gallery is The Children's Gallery where delightfully creative artwork by students and young evolving artists is on exhibit. The Children's Gallery has become a favorite and often visited location at ARTS.
ARTS hosts House Concerts in the Ross Gallery, which seats 65 people. Performers have included concert pianist and instructor, Rick Rowley, pianist and singer, Dick Smith, composer, arranger and pianist, Johnny Wilson, Arkansas folk musicians, Still On The Hill, Texas songwriter, Brian Burns, New York guitarist, Ann Klein, the young evolving pianist, Miles Gillette Buckhorn, and clarinetists, Hakan Rosengren and Katherin Powers.
ARTS offers fun filled workshop, readings, lectures, and classes of all kinds for adults.
ARTS' Special Events
ARTS offers three special events that provide community outreach and raise funds for the organization
Harvestfest is the major fund raiser supporting the children's programs of Arts For Rural Texas. Harvestfest is held the first Saturday in November.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the dinner and auction, call 979-378-2113.