Arts in Education: Cultural Arts Waco

We continue our posts for National Arts in Education Week (#ArtsEdWeek) with today's profile: Cultural Arts Waco

Cultural Arts Waco celebrates and promotes our community’s diverse artistic and cultural life; develops and enriches its cultural capacity; and champions the economic, social, and educational benefits of the arts in the Greater Waco area and beyond. 

Summer STEAM for Creative Kids!

Summercamps 2016

“What?  Texas summers are hot and humid already!  Why in the world should I add STEAM?”

It's short for "Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math"…STEAM!  Classes and camps that focus on these areas allow for active, creative, and hands-on learning.   How fun would it be to combine art and programming skills to imagine and produce your own computer game?  Who wouldn’t want to act in a play and use technology to present the final product? How cool would it be to express yourself with art, or design a robot to solve a task!  Both art and science stimulate the senses and allow for imagination and exploration.  Inside everyone is a creative problem solver that is just waiting to be set free. 

And it gets better! Evidence shows that kids learn best when they are having fun in a creative environment.. They also retain what they have learned much better with these kinds of hands-on experiences.

This summer, over twenty different experts in the visual and performing arts, science, technology and education have united to offer an impressive array of summer camps and classes in the Waco area.  Camp and class listings have been gathered into ONE EASY TO USE, SEARCHABLE WEBSITE!  Check out all the incredible opportunities that are available for YOUR kids! There's something for every age, ability and pocketbook right here in Waco.

Why not add a little STEAM and give your child a “cool” summer!

Cindy Olbrich

Engineering For Kids-Heart of Texas

Best Photo Backdrops in Downtown Waco!

Our friends at Chisholm Crossing have compiled a fabulous list of places with interesting and photogenic backdrops that you might not have thought of to take your Easter, prom or graduation pics. Of course there are far more than 10 top picks. What are yours?

This iconic green door on Austin Avenue was designed and made by Stanton Studios here in Waco!

Check out the full post with pics

1. Ivy wall – One of our favorite spots, hands down, is the Insurors of Texas wall that faces Mary Avenue (Mary Avenue and 5th Street). The wall is covered in ivy or some other vine-y type greenery and is just plain lovely. Perfect if your photo subject is a redhead

2. Copper doors – The front doors to the Chapel at Meyer Center (1226 Washington Ave.) are copper, top to bottom. They might not interest everyone but they positively make us swoon. Climb the Chapel steps and see what you think.

3. Nice look Waco mural – If you’re going for something fun and Waco-flavored and your subject doesn’t mind sharing the spotlight with the backdrop, try the “You look nice today, wacotown” mural at 7th and Washington Ave. With its own hashtag (#nicelookwaco), this mural has become an Instagram favorite.

4. Green door – This unique door at 714 Austin Ave. is EVERYONE’s favorite. You can see why. I’d guess that door sees a photo shoot multiple times a week.

5. 5th Street alley – Are you looking for a little grit for your picture? It doesn’t get much grittier than the alley between Franklin and Austin that runs from 5th to 6th street. I walk that alley every day and constantly notice interesting details.

6. Suspension bridge – With so much history behind it and the distinct look of it, this iconic bridge has become Waco’s unofficial logo. If your heart is said on the bridge for pics, we suggest trying different angles to make your shot unique. We’re even fond of the little pre-bridge structures.

7. Cameron Park – To put it plainly, what part of Cameron Park ISN’T photogenic. Some suggestions: Jacob’s Ladder, the back porch of the Cameron Park Clubhouse, any of the overlooks.

8. Random walls – We’ve got so many great walls downtown, lots of used brick and faded paint. There were too many to suggest just one.

9. 8th Street mural – If you’re going for colorful, look no further. This mural, off Austin Avenue between 8th and 9th streets, is so much fun. On the weekends and evenings, the parking lot empties and you can walk right up against the wall to get the shot you want. Check it out.

10. Finish out the list for us! Do you have a favorite photo spot downtown?

Spring is the perfect time to check out art markets in Waco!

Bob Estrin

Calling all artists and art-buyers!

There are many great new opportunities for visual artists to SELL work in Waco throughout April and for collectors to check out new work by some really talented artists!

With over 30,000 people currently visiting Waco each week to buy stuff designed and made in Waco, NOW is a great time to seize the opportunity and build a reputation for Waco as a great place to come to buy art, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork and other lovingly made treasures.

Artists, Learn how to rock the markets!

HERE is a great article from artist Bob Estrin on how to be successful when you're selling art in a market setting!

And here are some markets throughout April!

1/ April 2nd Texas Foodtruck Showdown (Heritage Square)

Over 20,000 people are expected to come to Waco on April 2nd for the Chamber of Commerce-run Texas Foodtruck Showdown.


2/ April 9th Art on Elm Ave (Elm Avenue)

Lots of opportunities for exhibiting and selling work! Technically the vendor deadline has (just) passed, but you can still apply to exhibit. 


3/ April 16th onwards: Waco Artist Market (Heritage Square)

This is a brand new venture  - planned for Saturday afternoons in Heritage Square.


4/ April 23rd: Rootstock: A Texas Wine Festival (Indian Spring Park)

Another brand new venture by the river! Local wine and food by the river plus art, music and other cretive opportunities.

image Artist Bob Estrin Copyright