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Children's Performing Art Series at Home

  • Virtual Event
  • Virtual Event
  • 325-677-1161
  • 01/06/21 - 06/30/21
  • $45=Per Package

Virtual theater packages for families. Enjoy a professional children's theater show at home! 

 
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Air It Out Elite Quarterback Camp

  • The Fieldhouse
  • 1609 CottonwoodAbilene
  • 01/23/21 - 01/24/21
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Visit website for details.

Air It Out Passing Camp provides young quarterbacks, receivers, running backs and tight ends with the best instruction in skill development. The football camp also focuses on faith, character and leadership development, drug and alcohol awareness that will help young men be successful both on the field and in the game of life.

 
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Cheers to French Toast at Kao Lounge

  • Kao Lounge
  • 137B Oak St.Abilene
  • 325-283-1718
  • 01/24/21 - 01/24/21
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Raise a glass to french toast at Kao Lounge! 

 
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Once Upon a Storytime

  • Mall of Abilene - Women's Dillard's Courtyard
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-677-2474
  • 01/24/21 - 01/24/21
  • 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.
  • Free

Join the South Branch Library for Once Upon A Storytime as they welcome some very special royal sisters who love reading! Dress up like your favorite princess or prince, or character and enjoy stories, songs, games, and crafts at this majestic storytime. Picture opportunity with meet and greet to follow. The whole family is invited!

 
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Vagabond European Wine Dinner

  • Vagabond Pizza
  • 1056 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-268-4321
  • 01/27/21 - 01/27/21
  • First seating, 5:30 p.m.
    Second seating, 8:00 p.m.
  • $100-Per Person

Join Vagabond for a night of food and wine as they 'travel' through the European countryside. They will be putting a Vagabond spin on traditional fare from five European destinations and pairing it all with a few of their favorite wines.

 
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Holt Jones at Betty Rose's Little Brisket

  • Betty Rose's Little Brisket
  • 3934 Catclaw St.Abilene
  • 325-698-8000
  • 01/27/21 - 01/27/21
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Enjoy BBQ and live music by Holt Jones on the patio.

 
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Tequilas Night Club Presents Micro Wrestling

  • Tequilas Night Club
  • 133 Eplens Ct.Abilene
  • 325-668-3308
  • 01/28/21 - 01/28/21
  • 9 to 11 p.m.
  • Visit website for details.

The Micro Wrestling Federation is a full-scale, WWE type event supported by an entire cast under five feet tall. It’s going to be pandemonium as the Micro Wrestlers body slam, bear hug, and headlock throughout an evening of nonstop action.

 
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Live @ Lytle featuring Keith O'Dell

  • Lytle Land & Cattle
  • 1150 E. South 11th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1925
  • 01/29/21 - 01/29/21
  • 7 to 9 pm
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Enjoy music on the patio featuring Keith O'Dell.

 
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KCV Kickoff Classic

  • The Dodge Jones Youth Sports Facility
  • 1042 Loop 322Abilene
  • 325-437-1852Scott Anderson
  • 01/30/21 - 01/31/21
  • Please visit keycityvolleyball.com for more information.
Key City Volleyball exists to develop volleyball athletes in Abilene and surrounding communities. Please visit keycityvolleyball.com for more information.
 
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Abilene Philharmonic: Masterworks I, Romantic Strings

  • First Baptist Church of Abilene
  • 1333 N. 3rd St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710
  • 01/30/21 - 01/30/21
  • Matinee, 3 p.m.; Evening Show, 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission varies

Schönberg Transfigured Night. Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings. Corporate Sponsor: Condley and Company.

 
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Live @ Lytle featuring Amelia Presley

  • Lytle Land & Cattle
  • 1150 E. South 11th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1925
  • 01/30/21 - 01/30/21
  • 7 to 9 pm
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Enjoy music on the patio featuring Amelia Presley.

 
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Ariel Hutchins at Mulligan's Bar, Grill & Golf

  • Mulligans Sports Bar, Grill and Golf
  • 1166 Ben Richey Dr.Abilene
  • 01/30/21 - 01/30/21
  • 8 to 10 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Enjoy food, beverages, golf and live music on the patio featuring Ariel Hutchins.

 
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The Patriot Junior Market Steer Show Powered by Battle of the Cattle

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1700 HWY 36Abilene
  • 325-677-4376
  • 02/02/21 - 02/06/21
  • Visit website for more information.

This event is for 4-H and FFA youth of Texas to show their haired steers one last time before the slick shear season begins.

 
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Haydn Bartlow Band at Heff’s Burgers & Bar

  • Heff’s Burgers & Bar
  • Suite 1342
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-864-7584Haydn Bartlow
  • 02/05/21 - 02/05/21
  • 8 to 11 p.m.
  • Free Entry. Food & beverages available for purchase.

Come out and enjoy food, drinks, and great live music featuring the Haydn Bartlow Band!

 

 

 
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Bill Libby Cross Country Invitational hosted by McMurry University

  • ACU Cross Country Course (Zoe Park)
  • 2002 E.N. 10th St.Abilene
  • 214-986-0118Rexi Parcell
  • 02/06/21 - 02/06/21
  • College Women's 6K begins at 10 a.m.
    College Men's 8k begins at 10:45 a.m.
  • Participant fees apply.

Men's and women's collegiate cross country invitational hosted by McMurry University. 

 
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2021 Abilene Idol Finale

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N 6th StAbilene
  • 325-676-6211
  • 02/06/21 - 02/06/21
  • 7 p.m.
  • Visit website for details.

The top ten adults and final five juniors announced at the end of auditions will perform to win it all! 

 
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Kolby Cooper Featuring Corey Kent at Tequilas Night Club

  • Tequilas Night Club
  • 133 Eplens Ct.Abilene
  • 325-668-3308
  • 02/11/21 - 02/11/21
  • Doors Open at 7 p.m.
    Show Starts at 8 p.m.
  • $15-$20

Mark your calendars for Kolby Cooper featuring Corey Kent at Tequilas Night Club!

 
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ACU Invitational Softball Tournament

  • Abilene Christian University
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-2721Abigail Farler
  • 02/12/21 - 02/14/21
  • Call for times and admission
Abilene Christian University ACU Invitational Softball Tournament. Collegiate softball competition.
 
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Abilene Community Theatre Presents: Much Ado About Nothing

  • Abilene Community Theatre
  • 809 Barrow St.Abilene
  • 325-673-6271
  • 02/12/21 - 02/14/21
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.
    Sat., 7:30 p.m.
    Sun., 2 p.m.
  • $13-$15

A comedic play about misunderstandings, love and deception. Benedick and Beatrice don't love each other but then they do. Claudio and Hero love each other but then they don't but then they do again. Everyone gets married. By William Shakespeare, directed by Amanda Keith.

 
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Paramount Film Series: Breakfast at Tiffany's

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Tré McLeod
  • 02/12/21 - 02/13/21
  • Fri. & Sat.: 7:30 pm
  • $7-Adults; $6-Seniors (60+), students, military, children

Based on Truman Capote's novel, this is the story of a young woman in New York City who meets a young man when he moves into her apartment building. He is with an older woman who is very wealthy, but he wants to be a writer. She is working as an expensive escort and searching for a rich, older man to marry.

 
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Amelia Presley Live at Sockdolager Brewing Co.

  • Sockdolager Brewing Co.
  • 833 S. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-261-3247
  • 02/12/21 - 02/12/21
  • 8 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Enjoy an evening of live music featuring Amelia Presley at Sockdolager Brewing Co.

 
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Hardin-Simmons University Homecoming 2021

  • Hardin-Simmons University
  • 2200 Hickory St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1317
  • 02/13/21 - 02/13/21
  • Call for specific event times
  • Free; Football game ticket prices vary
A multi-facted celebration bringing the HSU community together from across the world.
 
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Run for Life - Kristin Mitchell Memorial Run

  • Wilford-Moore Stadium
  • 1560 Ross Ave.Abilene
  • 325-793-4966Rexi Parcells
  • 02/13/21 - 02/13/21
  • 10 a.m.
  • Visit website for details.

This 1-mile run/walk organized by the McMurry University Cross Country teams is to remember former McMurry cross country runner, Kristin Mitchell. In doing so, they would like to raise awareness to the importance of mental health and suicide prevention. All entry fees and donations go directly toward New Horizons. 

 
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Hardin-Simmons Department of Theatre Presents 'Into the Woods'

  • Behrens Auditorium
  • 2410 Cedar StAbilene
  • 325-670-1405
  • 02/17/21 - 02/21/21
  • Wed. - Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat. - Sun., 2 p.m.
  • $15-General Admission; $10-Military, Seniors & Students; $5-HSU Faculty, Staff & Students

A musical that intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests.

 
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American Southwest Conference Men's and Women's Tennis Tournament

  • McMurry University
  • 1400 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-793-4657Chris Breaux
  • 02/19/21 - 02/21/21
American Southwest Conference collegiate men's and women's tennis competition.
 
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The Abilene Speedway presents Ice Breaker 2021

  • The Abilene Speedway
  • 6825 HWY 80 W.Abilene
  • 325-725-3849
  • 02/19/21 - 02/20/21
  • 7 p.m. to Midnight
  • $30-Pit pass; Grandstand Admission: $12-Adults; $1-Military with ID; $5-Children ages 6-12; Free-Children ages 5 and younger
The Abilene Speedway-Abilene's one and only dirt track for car racing. The pits open at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, pit gates open at 3 p.m. and racing gets underway at 7 p.m.
 
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Abilene Community Theatre Presents: Much Ado About Nothing

  • Abilene Community Theatre
  • 809 Barrow St.Abilene
  • 325-673-6271
  • 02/19/21 - 02/21/21
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.
    Sat., 7:30 p.m.
    Sun., 2 p.m.
  • $13-$15

A comedic play about misunderstandings, love and deception. Benedick and Beatrice don't love each other but then they do. Claudio and Hero love each other but then they don't but then they do again. Everyone gets married. By William Shakespeare, directed by Amanda Keith.

 
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Texas Farm Ranch and Wildlife Expo

  • Taylor County Expo Center - Taylor Telecom Arena
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-677-7241Kim Bosher
  • 02/23/21 - 02/24/21
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free Admission; Call the Chamber for booth prices

This event has been cancelled.

Museums & Galleries

 
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The Grace Museum Exhibition - Women's Fashion Evolution: 1900s-1920s

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Lori Thornton
  • 06/01/19 - 02/20/21
  • Open to visitors Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6 Adults; $3-seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

From the Gibson Girl to the Flapper, women's fashion evolution from the early 1900s to the 1920s in the United States was due to new economic and social factors for women. These three decades were a defining time as many women fought for the right to vote, joined the work force during World War I, and changed the traditional social norms for women from the previous century.

 
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The Grace Museum Exhibition - Early Photographic Portraits from the Permanent Collection

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Lori Thornton
  • 09/27/19 - 04/24/21
  • Open to visitors Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6 Adults; $3-seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

Capturing a likeness goes back to the earliest of times, however, with the invention of cameras in the 1800s, portraits became more popular and easily attainable. Cartes-de-visite and Cabinet Cards were albumen prints mounted on small cards, typically portraits of the subject. The Cartes-de-visite, invented in France, were smaller cards made between the 1860s and 1870s. A larger portrait, called the Cabinet Card, was popular up until the late 1900s. Professional photographers typically took photographs in their studios and made several copies of the cards for the individual to give to friends and family. Tintypes, popular from the 1850s until the 1890s, were sometimes a cheaper option than earlier daguerreotypes for those part of the working classes.

The photographs in this exhibition are from the permanent collection of The Grace Museum. Although most of the individuals in the photographs (besides those of the royal family) are anonymous, their clothing, their pose, their gaze, all are signs of the Victorian Era they lived in.

 
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The Grace Museum Exhibition - David H. Gibson: The McManaway Studio Project

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 04/02/20 - 02/06/21
  • Open to visitors Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6 Adults; $3-seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

Photographer David H. Gibson met David McManaway in 1964. A long friendship followed and in 1993 Gibson began documenting McManaway’s extraordinary studio. A visit to McManaway’s studio was akin to stepping into one of McManaway’s works of art; walls, ceilings and table tops covered with carefully selected cultural castoffs silently awaiting a second chance as fine art. Gibson’s photographs of the studio, dismantled after McManaway’s death in 2010, are as close as we can get to walking into McManaway’s unique, (Mojo) Jomo themed amusement park.

 
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The Grace Museum Exhibition - Et Al: Found Object Features from the Permanent Collection

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 04/21/20 - 04/06/21
  • Open to visitors Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6 Adults; $3-seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

The fine art of found objects defied the status quo to become a major art movement in the last decades of the 20th century. Inspired by Picasso and Braque’s 1912 experiments with paper and print and Marcel Duchamp’s “readymades”, Dada and Surrealism made anything and everything a medium for serious art making. Appropriation of images from popular culture took the form in realistic paintings of objects, collage work and printmaking. Subsequently, the appropriation of found objects into two and three-dimensional mixed media assemblage work became the bedrock of 21st century, interactive, art installations. This exhibition presents a selection of art work based on appropriated found objects in a variety of media selected from The Grace Museum permanent collection by Kirk Hayes, Robert Rauschenberg, Vernon Fisher, Linda Ridgway, Martin Delabano, William Farr, and Clint Hamilton.

 
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The Grace Museum Exhibition - Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 10/02/20 - 03/25/21
  • Open to visitors Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6 Adults; $3-Seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

The story of women's suffrage is a story of voting rights, of inclusion in and exclusion from the franchise, and of our civic development as a nation. Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence, a poster exhibition from the Smithsonian, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and explores the complexity of the women's suffrage movement and the relevance of this history to Americans' lives today.

 
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The NCCIL Exhibition: 'What Might You Do? Christian Robinson'

  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586
  • 10/08/20 - 01/29/21
  • Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open 5 to 7:30 p.m. every second Thursday for Artwalk
  • Free

Christian Robinson, emerging, millennial, Black illustrator, [and] all around incredible human is passionate about telling stories with pictures. Born in Hollywood, California, in 1986, he grew up in a small one-bedroom apartment with his brother, two cousins, aunt, and grandmother. Drawing became a way to make space for himself in a world crowded with loving others. 'Picture books especially are many children’s first introduction to the world. Seeing yourself is almost like a message, it’s saying: you matter, you are visible, and you’re valuable.' – Christian Robinson

 
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The Grace Museum Exhibition - Creating a Community: The State Epileptic Colony in Abilene

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 01/16/21 - 07/16/22
  • Open to visitors Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6 Adults; $3-seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

This exhibition will highlight the early history of the State Epileptic Colony in Abilene through over 50 photographs from The Grace’s permanent history collection. In 1904, the institution was founded to help individuals with epilepsy through research, care, isolation, and offering a place to work and live. The complex consisted of an administration building, a power plant, a women’s and men’s hospital, four cottages, and a home for the superintendent. The hospital was a state of the art facility and housed 200 patients by the fall of 1904. By the 1920s, the state of Texas expressed the desire to include individuals with mental health disabilities and renamed the colony the Abilene State Hospital and added a recreation building, x-ray laboratories, twin dormitories, and a warehouse. The named changed to Abilene State School in the 1950s and later the Abilene State Supported Living Center. The current living center is dedicated to treatment, rehabilitation, independence, and helping individuals feel safe and healthy.

 
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The Grace Museum Exhibition - Margo Sawyer: Blue

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 01/23/21 - 08/07/21
  • Open to visitors Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6 Adults; $3-Seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

In 2018, The Grace Museum was privileged to acquire Margo Sawyer’s acclaimed 1998 sculptural installation BLUE through an unprecedented collaboration with The Contemporary Austin and the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas Austin. For this exhibition Sawyer installs BLUE in response to The Grace Museum’s unique historical galleries and creates REFLECT featuring new work as an ongoing conversation with the past and present. The site-specific installation BLUE was originally created during Sawyer’s 1998 Austin Museum of Art residency program at Laguna Gloria. BLUE has been described as a miniature city, an Oriental carpet, an ocean and a garden just out of reach with thousands of hand crafted elements arranged to reference Sawyer’s world travels to exotic places like the Indian city of Jodhpur, where blue doors, windows and steps follow the Brahmin tradition. Upon closer inspection, universal visions of blue skies and bodies of water are interrupted with earth elements, objects and reflective surfaces that tease the eye and broaden focus to include the beauty and transcendence of abundance, diversity and individuality of the complex world we inhabit.

 

ISAC Virtual Reception and Awards

  • Facebook Live
  • Facebook Live
  • 325-677-8389
  • 01/28/21 - 01/28/21
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Free

Join The Center for Contemporary Arts for their Virtual ISAC Reception & Awards! They'll announce this year's winners at this event.

 

Art Like a Local: Mary K. Huff

  • Virtual Event - Zoom
  • Virtual Event - Zoom
  • 325-677-8389
  • 01/29/21 - 01/29/21
  • 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • $15-Per Person

Kick off the new year with a virtual Art Like a Local! Mary K. Huff will lead everyone in creating a Found Object masterpiece. Sponsored by: Iron + Olive Household Refurb'd.

 
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The NCCIL Exhibition: 'A David Small World'

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586Meredith Mathiews
  • 02/11/21 - 05/22/21
  • Free

David Small works with watercolor, pen and ink, and pastels. His later works have a much softer look, but they continue to include his trademark attention to small details that beg to be poured over again and again. This 2021 exhibition will be the last public display of Small’s work before it transitions to a private collection.

 
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February ArtWalk - Love is in the Air

  • Historic Downtown Abilene
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389
  • 02/11/21 - 02/11/21
  • 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Free
 
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The Grace Museum Exhibition - Youth Art Month

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 02/18/21 - 03/18/21
  • Open to visitors Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6 Adults; $3-seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

Youth Art Month is a national celebration of the visual arts.  Each March, the Grace Museum hosts this art exhibition of approximately 1,000 students from all over the Region 14 service area.

 

'A Better Tomorrow' Exhibit Celebration

  • Online Event
  • Online Event
  • 325-677-8389
  • 02/18/21 - 02/18/21
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Free

This virtual celebration will showcase the Center for Contemporary Art's new exhibit featuring works from talented Black artists from Abilene and other regions of Texas. 'A Better Tomorrow' is a special exhibition that opens during Black History Month and runs through April 3. Join in for this virtual event to see the art and hear from some of these incredible artists!

See the artist lineup at center-arts.com/tomorrow.