Welcome to The Arts Council! One name for two historic and innovative buildings.
The mission of the Arts Council is to nurture and strengthen the artistic, cultural, and educational quality of the community and surrounding area.
The Arts Council is committed to inspiring an artistic and cultural awakening… one mind at a time. We are dedicated to raising awareness in the region through our community art events and venues.
We strive to enrich the mind and satisfy the soul artistically through accountability, integrity, and respect to the communities we serve. We provide our non-profit member organizations with a brick and mortar home rich in cultural history that gives sustainability, stewardship, and value to their members and their missions.
The Forum, at 2120 Speedway and known to generations as The Woman’s Forum, has served as a gathering place for meetings, civic and private events since it opened in 1927. If it could talk, it would likely tell stories of Amelia Earhart’s visit in 1936, of visits by presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Gerald R. Ford, and it would tout its designation as both a Texas historical landmark and a Wichita Falls landmark.
The Kemp Center for the Arts at 1300 Lamar is an historic jewel of downtown Wichita Falls that has remained a hallmark of architectural design since its inception as a library built in 1917 by Joseph Kemp. The Kemp, designated a Wichita Falls Landmark, has evolved into an elegant arts center, with its beautifully appointed interiors and immaculate landscaping.
The Arts Council, through extensive capital campaigns and broad community support, renovated and restored each of these buildings
to bring them back to their former glory and re-purposing each to make them viable art and cultural centers for generations to come.