Arts Roundup: Museum Day, Storytelling Festival, 806 Art Collective, Mother's Day at PPHM
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.
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.
- Amarillo Museum of Art, 2200 S. Van Buren St.: Visitors will get their choice of a free poster
- American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, 2601 E. Interstate 40: Visitors get buy-one, get-one-free admission
- Bill's Backyard Classics, 5309 S. Washington St.: Half-price admission
- Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive: Half-price admission
- Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian, 9151 E. Interstate 40: Free admission to parents with children and half-price admission for solo adults
- Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon: All admissions (adult, senior and youth) $5
- Texas Air & Space Museum, 10001 American Drive: Visitors are eligible for a $25 gift certificate from the gift shop
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
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.
806 Art Collective
Amarillo-area artists have a new location to hang their work.
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.