In downtown Abilene, you can find museums, art galleries, restaurants, shopping and cultural events nearly every day of the week!
The Abilene Cultural District was one of the first five cultural districts in the state designated by the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Abilene was recognized by the state for utilizing the arts in downtown redevelopment. Abilene was among the first Texas cities to understand the important economic role the arts can play in communities. The Abilene Cultural District is home to The Grace Museum, the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, the Center for Contemporary Arts, the Elks Arts Center, Abilene Ballet Theatre, Historic Paramount Theatre, the Abilene Philharmonic, the Abilene Convention Center, Cockerell Studios & Gallery, Frontier Texas!, a restored historic train depot that serves as the offices of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, and more.
Benefits of being included in the state's Cultural District Program include access to funding through TCA grants, inclusion in state marketing and public relations activities, and the opportunity to utilize the state’s brand in marketing activities executed by the individual cultural districts.