Mixing it Up: Visual, performance programs combine for first-ever TJC Festival of the Arts

Aug 06, 2015 by

Anyone who has attended a concert, show or exhibit on campus knows Tyler Junior College consistently produces some of the best performing and visual arts East Texas has to offer; but never had there been one, big, overarching event celebrating that fact.

All that changed in April with TJC’s inaugural Festival of the Arts.

The 10-day presentation was a collaboration of TJC’s art, music, theater, speech, dance, honors, and visual communications departments, as well as The Bell Tower Arts Journal, International Day, Chapel Hill Collegiate (early-college high school) and the Tyler Museum of Art.festival of arts 2

Festival events were all completely free and open to the public and offered performances, exhibits, student film screenings, guest speakers, and more at various times and locations across the TJC campus and at the Tyler Museum of Art.

“The Festival of the Arts was designed to call new attention to the wonderful fine and performing arts programs at TJC, to get potential students and parents to say, ‘Why would you go anywhere else?’,” said Dr. Linda Gary, TJC professor of English and department chair for humanities, literature and philosophy. Gary was a key organizer of the festival.

She said, “Most of these events – the plays, concerts, exhibits – are annual presentations that have been offered for years. This is the first year we’ve put them all together and showcased them with one, campus-wide event. We also created some events, such as the ‘TJC at the TMA’ activities with the Tyler Museum of Art.

“This is something we had discussed for a long time. There are so many cultural opportunities right here at home, and we really wanted to celebrate what we were doing at TJC and what we’ve been doing for years and years.”

The first TJC Festival of the Arts was deemed a huge success and brought hundreds of new visitors to TJC.

Plans are already in the works for 2016.




Features, Summer 2015

About the author

Elise Mullinix is Tyler Junior College's Editorial Manager. She can be reached at 903-510-2370 or at emul2@tjc.edu.