Arts Roundup: PPHM's Art for Everyone initiative, airport artist needed

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Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum hopes to become more accessible.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

In this roundup of arts news, Panhandle-Plains launches its first crowdfunding initiative in an attempt to become more accessible, and the city is looking for a new artist to display at the Rick Husband Airport.

Art for Everyone

"Red Landscape" by Georgia O'Keeffe will be translated into a 3D relief to become accessible to blind museum visitors."Red Landscape" by Georgia O'Keeffe will be translated into a 3D relief to become accessible to blind museum visitors.

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon is attempting to raise $25,000 to begin a new initiative to make the museum more accessible — beginning with one of the most iconic pieces in its collection.

To kick off its Art for Everyone campaign, museum officials are hoping to convert Georgia O'Keeffe's Red Landscape into a tactile 3D relief by 3D Photo Works. That's then outfitted with audio sensors that explain the colors, the history of the work and information about the artist to vision-impaired visitors.

The museum hopes to add 3D reliefs of up to 10 other works in coming years.

"We're starting with Red Landscape because it's Georgia O'Keeffe and it's Palo Duro Canyon — a good pick to start the campaign with," said Buster Ratliff, associate director of operations. "This is a chance to bring in new donors. Even if you're giving $25, you're contributing. ... Your $25 is ... going to directly help with this project."

The museum also plans to rework its internal maps to add a route for visitors with wheelchairs and strollers, and officials will bring back cellphone tours for vision-impaired visitors and others; a text-captured version of the tour will be available for hearing-impared visitors, Ratliff said.

For more on the project or to donate, visit the museum's Indiegogo campaign page or view the video below.

PPHM Art for Everyone initiative


Airport Art Program

Deadline is Sept. 26 for Amarillo-area artists who wish to display work at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport beginning in Novemer.

Artists exhibit for about four months at the airport in a collaborative project between the City of Amarillo and the Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council Arts Committee. The artwork is located to the left of the entrance to the TSA security screening area.

Application forms are available from Kashion Smith at



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

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