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Abilene Road Trip


Take the ultimate "road trip" to Abilene, Texas, and see what the Storybook Capital of America has to offer! Whether you're a couple looking for a romantic getaway weekend, a family looking for something to do together, or just a group of friends who need to get away and have some fun for a weekend - grab your bags, hit the open road... Abilene has just the right road trip experience for you!

Artfully Abilene

What to know what's new in Abilene? Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter, Artfully Abilene, which highligts art activities taking place each month.

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CALF 2013

Children's Art & Literacy Festival

The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council is proud to host the CALF, a beloved summer tradition since 2012. The festival draws people from all over Texas and beyond. It;s an opportunity to showcase our arts groups, beautiful historic downtown and to promote art and literacy. The theme each year is inspired by the summer artist on exhibit at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, also located in downtown Abilene.
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Children's Performing Arts Series
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Live, professional theatre is presented each season for Abilene's youngest audiences at the Historic Paramount Theatre. Each season is filled with performances from some of the best children's professional theater companies in the United States. Some of the shows have fun-filled after-parties with treats, games and a chance to meet the show's stars.

HeARTS for the ARTS



Many organizations in Abilene are the recipients of grants provided by the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council through HeARTS for the ARTS. HeARTS grants support arts programming for children and special populations - the programs at the HeART of our community. The ACAC gives out about $70,000 in HeARTS grants a year. HeARTS memberships make those grants possible and start out for as little as $5 a month!


Outdoor Exhibition & SculpTOUR
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Abilene is home to the longest running outdoor sculputre exhibition of its kind in the state of Texas! The city is home to about 20 permanent sculptures by award-winning Texas artists along the N. and S. 1st railroad tracks through the center of town as well in some other places in Abilene. We have a map available at the T&P Depot or you can download it on our website. Every other September, we introduce four new sculptures for a two-year outdoor exhibit. These fun, funky designs make downtown culturally vibrant!

Young Audiences of Abilene
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The Young Audiences of Abilene organization is part of a 32-chapter national network. The mission of Young Audiences is to provide quality arts-in-education programs to develop creative young minds and boost self esteem. There are a variety of programs available to Big Country schools as well as drama and theater residencies, and there are four free performances at the downtown Abilene Public Library each summer.

Abilene Scene

Abilene Scene magazine
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The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council partners with Zachry Publications in Abilene to provide arts content and calendar information for Abilene Scene magazine. The free magazine is printed every other month and has a circulation of 8,000 copies and is distributed throughout a 200-mile radius of Abilene, resulting in increased visibility for all art activities.