The Texas Commission on the Arts met recently to approve the 2022 Cultural District Project grant proposals selected for funding. Among these included the Texarkana Arts and Historic District proposal for phase two of the Courthouse Square Connections Project, for an award of $27,500.
This grant award will be used to work with world renowned artist and light sculptor Bill FitzGibbons to provide LED light sculptures in Downtown Texarkana. Among these light sculptures will include the U.S. Federal Post Office/Courthouse on Stateline, the ArtSpark located on 4th and Main Street and the iconic sign on the roof of Hotel Grim. Mr. FitzGibbons has created several public art exhibits around the world including at the Alamo Lights, Spirit of San Fernando and Kinetic Skyline in San Antonio, TX among many others across the United States and overseas.
“Working with Bill FitzGibbons on these public art displays will provide an exciting attraction to downtown Texarkana and a unique opportunity for local artists to learn more about this medium.”, shared Keith Beason, program manager for this grant.
The Courthouse Connections project is led by a group a local resident volunteers and city staff using the Strategic Doing model through Leadership Texarkana. To learn more about project, please visit www.visittexarkanadistrict.com/courthouse-square-connections.
The Texarkana Arts & Historic District is a collaborative regional marketing initiative focused on historic downtown Texarkana. District partners include Main Street Texarkana, the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, the Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, the Texarkana Museums System, the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce and the Cities of Texarkana, Texas and Arkansas. To learn more, check out www.visittexarkanadistrict.com.
For more information, contact Keith Beason at Keith.Beason@txkusa.org or (903) 798-3901.