Cultural Arts District
The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) designates cultural districts in cities across Texas. Winnsboro is one of the smallest towns in Texas out of more than 40 statewide designations. The Winnsboro TX Cultural Arts District was awarded The Best Cultural Arts District in the Upper East Side of Texas competition for 2018 in the County Line Magazine.
The Winnsboro Cultural Arts District enjoys a variety of musical, artistic, and cultural events in venues throughout the community every year. Come join the fun!
The Winnsboro Cultural Arts District provides a healthy environment that nourishes the arts and encourages creative placemaking and community engagement.
The Winnsboro Cultural Arts District supports artistic partnerships and promotes collaboration while setting the stage for creative expression.
Our programs reflect the dedication of our community to preserve its history while embracing the pioneering spirit of future endeavors. Downtown is the cornerstone of the community where residents and visitors can come together in a spirit of unity and hospitality, preserve the rich historical heritage of the community, and work towards future prosperity for later generations. To accomplish this as a thriving Cultural Arts District, it is important for us to continually provide a healthy environment that nourishes the arts and encourages creative placemaking and community engagement for both community members and for those visiting our town.
Classes for Kids
The Winnsboro Center for the Arts offers art classes in the summer for kids. The curriculum include a variety of mediums in clay, drawing, painting and mosaics. The center is expanding these classes each year as interest continues to grow.
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The Winnsboro Center for the Arts has around eight art exhibits each year. The exhibits have a wide variety of art from local artists. Each exhibit honors the artists with a reception that is open to the public.
GALLERY GIFT SHOP
The Gallery Gift shop is a wonderful avenue for local artists to show off their talents. The shop is located at the front of the Winnsboro Center for the Arts. The shop also carries a large selection of art supplies.
Art offerings include jewelry, photography, pottery, fiber art, books by local authors and paintings.
artists' studio tour
This event is sponsored by the Winnsboro Center for the Arts. The tour starts at the Center with coffee and breakfast items. One artist studio is visited in the morning and one in the afternoon with lunch in between. The tour finishes at the Culture Club Art Gallery in Winnsboro with wine and appetizers.
Call the Center today 903-342-069-86 to inquire about the next Studio Tour.
THE BOWERY STAGE
The Bowery Stage is located at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts. Even though it is a small venue it brings some of the finest performers in the country.
The schedule of performers includes singer song writers, folk, jazz and blues. There are also many performers that call Texas their home. The Bowery Stage enjoys support from the Texas Commission on the Arts and individual sponsors.
MONDAY NIGHT LIVE
2020 dates coming soon
One of the most popular seasonal events in Winnsboro is Monday Live on Market Street. The event takes place on the third Monday of March, April, May, June, September, October and November.
Enjoy live music, food and fun with friends. Food vendors and the local restaurants support the event.
MUSIC CAMP FOR KIDS
The Winnsboro Center for the Arts offered their first Music Camp for Kids in the summer of 2018. One of the goals of the Center is to expand children’s programming.
The Summer Camps for Kids also include an Art Camp and two Drama Camps. Save a spot early as these programs sell out quickly.
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poetry and comedy
The Winnsboro Center for the Arts supports and sponsors poetry events like the Spoken Word by Matt Spezia an award winning poet.
Local businesses also participate and organize poetry readings and events.
May 2, 2020
The Winnsboro Center for the Arts introduced the first annual book festival in 2018. The event was held in the historic Train Depot.
The event included a story walk for kids and panels of authors including topics from adult fiction, mysteries and memoirs.
More than a dozen local authors of children and adult books participated to answer questions and promote their books.
winnsboro cowboy poetry gathering
october 17, 2020
Now in its second year the Winnsboro Center for the Arts has added this popular event for the fall of each year. The month of October is filled with Cowboy activity and the famous Autumn Trails.
THEATRE & RE-ENACTMENTS
The Winnsboro Center for the Arts has been very active in providing opportunities for locals to participate in theater performances on the Bowery Stage.
Past performances include Bonnie & Clyde, King Kong and The Move an original play written for the Center.
BOWERY STREET REENACTMENTS
In years past the Bowery street was filled with saloons and all too often gun fights broke out.
Bonnie & Clyde used to make deals for guns & ammunition, as well as the outlaws’ view that Winnsboro and the surrounding area was a safe haven.
On special occasions a Bonnie & Clyde walking tour and reenactment takes place in the Bowery.
drama camps for kids
The Winnsboro Center for the Arts offers summer drama camps for kids. They offer two camps for different ages.
The older children completely develop the play and the script and George Gagliardi writes original music for the performances.
To sign up for a camp contact the Center at 903-342-0686
ANNUAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS
ART & WINE FESTIVAL
This Friday-Saturday artist marketplace in November each year is Winnsboro’s cultural highlight event of the year. The artists are selected through a jury process so only the finest variety of artists will be in attendance.
Elm, Market and Franklin Streets are closed to traffic and lined with white tents housing a variety of art that ranges from traditional to abstract, painting to pottery, glass to silk.
Now in its 60th year Autumn Trails is the longest running annual event in Winnsboro. The celebration lasts throughout the month of October.
Every weekend is filled with events from Arts & Crafts, cook-offs, barrel racing, trail rides, golf tournament, livestock show and more.
Enjoy the fall colors on one of four driving routes around Winnsboro
starry starry night dinner and art auction
March 7, 2020
This event is the Winnsboro Center for the Arts annual fundraiser. The venue includes more than one hundred paintings submitted by local artists for the silent auction.
A live auction includes donated services and items from the East Texas area all the way to Dallas. The evening includes dinner, drinks and live entertainment.
There are currently two rodeos a year in Winnsboro. The Spring event is the third weekend in May and brings contestants from around the world.
The rodeo’s are held at the Winnsboro Rodeo Grounds and include bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and much more.
Antique Car Parade
A major attraction during the Autumn Trails month is the Antique Car and Parade and Model T Tour. The parade historically has well over 150 cars participating.
The preservation of these antique cars and the variety makes it one of the largest antique car shows in the Southwest.
The Winnsboro Farmers’ Market brings producers of locally grown food, hand made, and home baked products together with discerning shoppers, to enhance the local economy and foster community relationships.
The Market is open from April through October every Saturday from 8:00 am to Noon. Locally grown produce and agricultural items are sold.