Erath Bringing art to the Cowboy Capital
SNAP SHOT 1983 square miles Formed 1856 from Bosque and Coryell couties County seat: Stephenville Population: 37,890 Cities:
Alexander, Bluff Dale,
dublin, huckabay, stephenville 14|
ross Timbers Fine Arts Council’s mission, accomplished through innovative partnerships with art and non-art constituent groups, is to “make the arts accessible, support, promote, and increase awareness and present fine art events that inspire, educate and entertain the citizens of the Cross Timbers Basin.” These programs are often the only opportunity that many citizens have to experience the arts firsthand. A viable and dedicated volunteer organization of more than 300 individual members, the CTFAC is governed by a volunteer board of 14 directors who are elected to three-year terms and meet monthly. The council employs a full-time executive director and administrative assistant who work with the board to manage CTFAC’s growing business and financial affairs. CTFAC annually sponsors or co-sponsors 15-20 events. Kayla Fritz sat down with Julie Crouch, CTFAC’s executive director, to answer a few questions. Q: When you mention the Cross Timbers region and people might think about western heritage, rodeo, or ranching. Why should they think about art? Can you describe the breadth and reach of the arts community in the region? A: Art is a reflection of the community it serves and great things are reflected here. From ballet to modern art – our mission is to provide a wide range of arts experiences to an audience of all ages. Q: How long has the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council been available here in Stephenville? A: The Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council was founded in 1980 by Connie Birdsong.
A magazine for the Cross Timbers region of Texas