January 14-21, 2018 Irving Expands Annual Celebration

All events are free to attend!

This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement
Opening January 13, Irving Arts Center presents This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement, a major traveling art exhibition organized by the Center for Documentary Expression and Art in Salt Lake City, Utah. The exhibition documents the Civil Rights Movement through the work and voices of nine activist photographers. The exhibition focuses primarily on the Deep South states of Mississippi and Alabama between the years 1963-1966 and features a selection of 157 black and white photographs, representing the work of Bob Adelman, George Ballis, Bob Fitch, Bob Fletcher, Matt Herron, David Prince, Herbert Randall, Maria Varela and Tamio Wakayama.
   See it January 13-March 4 in The Main Gallery at Irving Arts Center.

Exhibition Opening Gallery Talk
Leslie Kelen, Director of the Center for Documentary Expression and Art
Jan 14 | 1:30 PM

Draw Inspiration from Dr. King during Second Sunday Funday
Irving Arts Center’s Second Sunday Funday program draws inspiration from Martin Luther King Jr’s message of peace, love and equality. Attendees can take part in a guided craft program that’s fun for the whole family. Drop in from 1-4 PM and let your family’s creative vision shine.
   Bring the Family on January 14; Suite 200 at Irving Arts Center. 

Annual NAACP Luncheon
The following day, Monday, Jan. 15, Irving, Carrollton, and Farmers Branch NAACP host their annual MLK Spaghetti Lunch at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
   Attend January 15; Georgia Farrow Recreation Center, 530 Davis St., Irving. PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOT AT IRVING ARTS CENTER!

Freedom Riders, presented by Irving Parks and Recreation and Irving Arts Center
On Sunday, January 21 the celebration continues. Irving Parks and Recreation and Irving Arts Center will present Freedom Riders, a new play with original songs and music produced by Mad River Theater Works. Two performances will be offered on Sunday, January 21, at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., in Carpenter Hall. The performances are FREE but are first come, first served with tickets being made available one hour before show time, day of show. No advance tickets will be offered.

Mad River Theater Works’ Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working together to affect change and specifically how non-violent protest was used to combat the cruelties of segregation. Freedom riders, both black and white, mostly young, Americans, decided to travel together on buses that crossed state lines purposefully disregarding the hateful segregation practices that were still commonplace in so many parts of the United States. The play, recommended for ages 9 and up, explores the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights movement. Learn more about the play here.
See the performance January 21 at 2:30 or 6:30PM in Carpenter Hall at Irving Arts Center. 

Special Presentation: Civil Rights Legacy Awards Presentation
Following each of the Freedom Riders performances, Irving Community Television Network Producer Cathy Whiteman will moderate a post-show question and answer segment, featuring two of the 13 original Freedom Riders Charles Person (pictured left) and William E. Harbour (pictured right). They will be presented 2018 Civil Rights Legacy Awards.










Past Holiday Fun:  Irving Arts Center Goes “Global” December 2017

This December Irving Arts Center sparkles with the magical sights and sounds of holidays around the word. Going global with this year’s theme, the 2017 holiday calendar offers many great choices to add to your family’s itinerary. No passport required!

Irving Arts Center’s 25th Annual Holiday Exhibition and Open House celebrates Holidays Around the World

Annual Open house and Performance Dec. 8th, 5:30 pm
Irving Arts Center sparkles with the magical sights and sounds of Christmas in December. The annual Holiday Open House gives visitors a chance to meet Santa Claus for a photo op and wander through a wonderland of decorated trees, with art work by Irving ISD elementary students. Enjoy performances, magicians, holiday-themed art projects and refreshments. The evening ends with a special free performance by Dan Zanes and friends presented by Irving Arts Center.

*Please note – tickets  for Dan Zanes and Friends will be available while supplies last and may be picked up at the Carpenter Box Office on 12/8 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Advanced tickets/reservations are NOT available. Doors will open at 6:45 and seating is first come, first served!

 Santa Saturdays: Dec. 2, 9 & 16 2-4 p.m.

Family Fundays featuring green-themed hands-on art activities; selfies with Santa; Holiday Greeting Card workshops with the Irving Art Association & more!

 Trees in Main Gallery25th Annual Holiday Art & Tree Exhibition
December 1 – December 31  Vote for your favorite!

Decorated trees compete for cash prizes and bragging rights awarded by celebrity judges and visitors.  The Main Gallery features artwork by Irving ISD elementary students. Viewer’s Choice votes for favorite tree can be cast through December 18 while online voting will be conducted Dec. 1  through Dec. 31 on Irving Arts Center’s Facebook page!

Irving Arts Center will be closed the following days in observance of the holidays:
Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1