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, 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. In 2010 the building was deeded to the Arts Council Wichita Falls as a second location in partnership with their building at The Kemp Center. Currently known as “The Forum”, the building helps support the Arts Council’s Performance Arts programming and provides over 12000 square feet of room rental. The building is officially both a Texas historical landmark and a Wichita Falls landmark.
The Kemp was built in 1917 at the request of Flora Kemp who, when asked by her husband Joseph Kemp what she would like for Christmas, suggested a public library. The library opened its doors in 1918 with a donation of 4000 books provided by the community. In 1998, the City of Wichita Falls leased the then defunct historic building to The Arts Council Wichita Falls, which opened its doors as The Kemp Center for the Arts in 2002. Currently the building and grounds house 5 gallery exhibit spaces, three classrooms and an auditorium area, all available for room rental as well. The building is officially both a Texas historical landmark and a Wichita Falls landmark.
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.