Feeling the need to increase the importance of the arts in this community, The Arts Council was launched in 1993 as a local grassroots movement. At that time, no one envisioned what is now the Kemp Center for the Arts. The mission of the Arts Council then, and still today, is to nurture and strengthen the artistic, cultural and educational quality of the community.
Since its opening, the beautiful and historic Kemp Center has continued to gain momentum and has become one of the jewels and cornerstones of downtown Wichita Falls. With a robust education department that includes a Distance Learning Lab in cooperation with Region 9, summer camps and outreach programs, adult and youth education classes, the Kemp is in the forefront of art instruction in the region.
The Kemp serves as a “place we can call home” to over sixty different area arts organizations, offering meeting places, exhibition venues and providing organizational support, such as utilizing the mailing and copying facilities. Groups can also request assistance from the Kemp’s professional staff for guidance and counsel for their organizations.
Another major element of the organization is the 6 rotating galleries the Arts Council manages, producing more than 22 exhibitions per year. One of the most unique exhibitions is the annual Sculpture Garden that features rotating outdoor sculptures from artists around the nation.
If you would like to learn more about The Kemp, go to their website www.artscouncilwf.org.