About Winnsboro Center for the Arts - Winnsboro, Texas
Winnsboro Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which was founded in 2001 in recognition of a general lack of cultural opportunities in the region, especially for children and seniors. Its activities were largely responsible for Winnsboro’s designation as a Cultural Arts District in 2009. Renovation of its building in 2014 led to the establishment of the Bowery Stage Listening Room which put Winnsboro on the map as a destination for internationally-acclaimed singer/songwriters such as Judy Collins, Peter Yarrow, Michael Martin Murphey and Ellis Paul. The WCA has experienced steady growth in recent years expanding from a budget of less than $50K in 2014 to almost $200K in 2020. Plans are underway to expand its facilities to meet increasing demand for more programming. A Texas Commission on the Arts’ grant provides partial support for that expansion. Additionally, the WCA has received National Endowment for the Arts support for a summer theater program and for operational support through the Cares Act.
Winnsboro Center for the Arts stands out as a multi-disciplinary arts center in rural East Texas. Prior to the pandemic, it had a full calendar with concerts, theater productions, art exhibits, classes and workshops, as well as three festivals: Art & Wine, Festival of Books and a Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering. The WCA has re-opened cautiously and continues to seek innovative ways of keeping the arts accessible to the community. Please visit our website for more information. https://winnsborocenterforthearts.com
Winnsboro is a vibrant community in the Piney Woods of East Texas with a population of 3434. In addition to being a Texas Cultural Arts District, it is also a Main Street Community serving as a hub for shopping, dining, and cultural activities for the surrounding communities of part- and full-time residents on nearby lakes. Tourists flock to Winnsboro for various activities such as its Autumn Trails Festival in October, its Art & Wine Festival in November, and its series of concerts on the Bowery Stage.
The WCA’s Vision Statement emphasizes the importance of its relationship with the city of Winnsboro: To integrate the arts into community life. We believe that participating in the arts promotes creativity, entrepreneurship, and spiritual well-being which are essential for community and economic vitality. Our long-term goal is to insure a stable infrastructure and financial security for the organization. As the “heart of the arts” in Winnsboro, we will continue to work with the city and associated organizations to develop Winnsboro as a desirable destination for residents and visitors alike.