Reasons I Find Texas So Attractive and Rich In Arts And Culture.
Texas may be known for its cowboy image, but its cultural districts are well on their way to becoming equally as famous. Major metropolitan areas like Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio are known for their investment in history and culture. In addition to these metropolitan areas, smaller towns offer a chance to explore unique venues such as the Cowboy Artists of America Museum in Kerrville, which includes both permanent and rotating collections of cowboy art.
You’ll get a chance to sample more than just country music when visiting Texas. Blues, R&B, and Tejano attract a following almost equal to that of country music. And sharing the cultural spotlight are the many professional symphonies and ballets across the state, each well known for consistently fine performances. In addition, historical sites throughout the Lone Star State draw visitors to learn more about Texas’ rich history.
Art And Cultural Districts
Texas is home to museums that are known across the country for their extensive in-house collections and the variety of visiting collections from around the world. The Dallas Arts District is the largest such development in the nation and is home to more than 160 museums, galleries and performing arts institutions. The Dallas Museum of Art includes among its treasures works by European Masters, French Impressionists, American Masters, and others. The museum also displays pre-Columbian, African contemporary, and post World War II pieces.
The Nasher Sculpture Center opened in 2003 in a prime location next to the Dallas Museum of Art. Named for respected developer, philanthropist and art collector Raymond Nasher, the Center features works from Nasher’s collection. The facility contains an outdoor sculpture garden, an indoor gallery, a small auditorium and a café. Works by artists such as Calder, de Kooning, Matisse, Picasso, Rodin, Moore and others are featured on a rotating basis.
Also in the Arts District is the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, which was designed by internationally acclaimed architect I.M. Pei and is the home of the top-rated Dallas Symphony. Dallas is considered the birthplace of regional theater, and the Dallas Theater Center is one of the nation’s premier theater companies. The Center’s Kalita Humphreys Theater is the only theater designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Dallas’ Fair Park is another cultural hub. Recognized in 1986 as a National Historic Landmark for its art deco architecture, it is home to the Dallas Aquarium, the Museum of Natural History, and the Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future, which is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution that chronicles the lives of women in America.
For more cultural riches, head west to Fort Worth, a city that is a surprising mix of cowboy history and culture. A multimillion-dollar collection of works from prehistoric to Picasso are on view at the Kimbell Art Museum, which has been named one of the best small museums in the country. The Amon Carter Museum, known for its collection of American photography and iconic American paintings and sculpture, recently reopened following a $39 million renovation. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is at home in the acclaimed Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, which is modeled after the great opera houses of Europe.
Many cultures have left their imprint on Texas. As a result, hundreds of historical sites across the state have been preserved to remember and honor the people and places that shaped the Lone Star State.
San Antonio offers visitors ample opportunities to learn about the many cultures that influenced Texas history. The Institute of Texan Cultures focuses on the more than 26 cultural and ethnic groups who settled the state. Exhibits in the museum explore where these groups came from, what they did, as well as their food, clothing, music and festivals. Art exhibits by contemporary Mexican artists are on display at the Mexican Cultural Institute also located in San Antonio. Or visit the city’s five Spanish missions, including the Alamo, which were established by Franciscan friars and have been preserved for visitors to tour daily.