Arts Roundup: Museum Day, Storytelling Festival, 806 Art Collective, Mother's Day at PPHM

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The 806 Art Collective opens Thursday.
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

In this compilation of arts-related news, learn about Museum Day celebrations, the opening of a new art space, a storytelling festival and more.


Museum Day

Several of Amarillo and Canyon's popular tourist locations will offer discounts and gifts to celebrate Museum Day on Saturday.

Locally, the festivities take place as part of the kick off to National Tourism Week, though International Museum Day is actually May 18. It's organized by the International Council of Museums to help draw attention to what museums can offer and what challenges they face.

Attendees can enter to win an iPad from the Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council. 

Participating museums include:

Tourism Week activities kick off at the monthly First Friday Art Walk, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at The Galleries at Sunset Center, 3701 Plains Blvd. Other activities include:

  • Arts Night at Amarillo Venom, featuring booths by arts groups at the Venom's game versus Duke City Gladiators. Game time is 7 p.m. Saturday in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St.
  • Texas Panhandle Travel Rally Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12, featuring information on more than 20 attractions around the Panhandle at Texas Travel Information Center, Interstate 40 and Airport Boulevard
  • National Train Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 13 at Amarillo Railroad Museum, 3160 I Ave., the Madame Queen at Southeast Second Avenue and Lincoln Street, and the Buttel Train Museum, 3907 Sundown Lane


WTAMU Storytelling Festival

Native American artist Eldrena Douma will headline the annual West Texas A&M University Storytelling Festival on Friday.

Douma, a Pueblo Indian who grew up storytelling and singing, will stories of American Indian folklore at two children's concerts at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Friday and an evening performance at 7 p.m. Friday in the Branding Iron Theatre in WT's Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex.

The festival also wil include an afternoon workshop and performances by WT communication graduation studnts.

Events are free. 

Call 806-651-2800.


806 Art Collective

Amarillo-area artists have a new location to hang their work.

The 806 Art Collective, 2816 S.W. Sixth Ave., opens Thursday, a joint partnership between The 806 Coffee + Lounge and the arts collective TNGLWD.

806 owner Jason Barrett said the art space will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, featuring works from about 10 artists, with new artists featured every month. The space also will offer booths selling jewelry, local clothing designs and artisan crafts. During off-hours, the space will host yoga and belly dance classes.

During the monthly First Thursday Art Show at The 806, the space will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. and feature a new artist every month.

Artists hanging in the space will be offered three-month contracts, Barrett said.

For information, call 806-322-1806.


Mother's Day at the Museum

Children can celebrate their favorite women May 13 at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.

PPHM's Mother's Day at the Museum event runs from 10 a.m. to noon May 13 at the museum, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon.

Children can make paper flowers and special cards at the come-and-go event.

The event is free with museum admission of $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $5 for children.

Call 806-651-2244.



Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.

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