Irving Arts Center Commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month
Irving Arts Center was pleased to open its galleries to the public beginning September 15, the official kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month. The annual observance which runs through October 15, celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Irving Arts Center is proud to join the celebration, as they highlight the artistic, literary and cultural contributions of author, illustrator and artist, Yuyi Morales (pictured above), who emigrated to the United States from Mexico in 1994. Her work is on display now in the Main Gallery in a new exhibition entitled Yuyi Morales: Sonadora. It is free to view in the main gallery at Irving Arts Center Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 PM.
Additionally, a number of special events are planned in conjunction with the exhibition and in commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. They include a bilingual JumpstART Stories & Art presentation, Second Sunday Funday craft projects inspired by the art of Yuyi Morales, and a talk with the artist on October 14. All these events are offered free and in virtual or “to go” formats.
20th Annual Art Connection Members Show Winners Announced!
Winners for the 20th Annual Art Connection Members Show have been announced. To view the list of winning entries and the works themselves, please visit IACOnlineArt.com.
MainStage to Stream Sarah Ruhl’s Dear Elizabeth October 3-10
With the health and safety of performers and patrons of greatest importance, the MainStage Irving-Las Colinas Board of Directors has replaced the previously scheduled production of the large-cast play Inherit the Wind with Sarah Ruhl’s beautiful work Dear Elizabeth. Directed by Michael Serrechia and starring real-life married couple Kristin McCollum and Rob McCollum, the two-person, full-length play will be available for “on demand” streaming from Saturday, October 3 through Sunday, October 10. Access codes are $19 (single) and $29 (group/family) and are on sale now here.
Based on the compiled letters between poets Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop, in Dear Elizabeth, Sarah Ruhl expresses the beauty in simple correspondence. Brought to life by reading Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, Ruhl maps the relationship of the two poets from first meeting to an abbreviated affair and the turmoil of their lives in between.
Irving Archives & Museum receives 2020 Obelisk Award
The Irving Achives & Museum (AM) remains closed to the public at this time. Prior to the pandemic, IAM was honored to partner with the ThinkIndia Foundation to showcase the rich artistic traditions of Indian culture through India a la Art, an exhibition funded through an Irving Arts Center Innovation Grant.
This effort resulted in IAM being named the recipient of a 2020 Obelisk Award, under the category of New Initiatives. The award is given by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts. The Obelisk Awards recognize “individuals and organizations who are pivotal in their support of arts and culture in North Texas.”
Thank you to the ThinkIndia Foundation, and if you haven’t already, please check out this wonderful video capturing some of the beautiful poetry that was featured as part of the programming!
Momentum Dance Co Hires New Artistic Director
One of Irving Arts Center’s resident art groups, Momentum Dance Company (MDC) has a new Artistic Director at the helm. Lauren Howard-Celis has taken over the position formerly held by Jacquelyn Forcher, who founded Momentum Dance Company in 1998 to provide local ballet dancers with professional training and performance opportunities.
For Ms. Howard-Celis, it’s an opportunity to come full circle, being that Lauren began dancing at age five at Riley’s Dance Center in Irving, TX, where she studied classical ballet under Jacquelyn Forcher. At the age of 18, she herself would join Momentum Dance Company, where she performed in the corps de ballet, before heading off to Texas A&M, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Her professional career has included stints as Artistic Director of Competitive Dance at Expressions Dance and Music Studios and Artistic Director and Director of Leveled Classes at Company InspiRED (Red Door Dance Studios).
“It is my goal as artistic director to help the company produce high quality, beautiful ballet and dance shows,” states Howard-Cellis. “With the help of the board and all our dancers, I plan to grow this company into a community that we are proud of and take ownership of. It is my goal to develop our dancers into thriving members of the dance community who will carry on the beautiful technique and performance qualities that Momentum has instilled in us all.”
For more information about Momentum Dance Company, visit them on the web at momentumdancecompany.org.
Texas and Neighbors Winners Announced
Winners for the 35th Annual Texas and Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition have been announced. To view the list of winning entries and the works themselves, please visit the Texas and Neighbors website. You can also view them via the slideshow below.
MainStage’s An Act of God Will Stream July 25-August 1
MainStage Irving-Las Colinas has announced that their production of David Javerbaum’s An Act of God will now be available for STREAMING from Saturday, July 25 at 7:30 PM through 11:59 PM on Saturday, August 1.
Originally slated for to be performed for a live audience this month, the full-length, three-person comedy An Act of God will now be a streaming-only performance.
The side-splittingly funny and critically acclaimed play that creates a space for The Almighty (with the help of two devoted angels) to answer the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation.
Streaming tickets will be available soon. For more information, please click here.