ArtReach is the umbrella arts education and outreach program that encompasses a variety of enrichment programs for a variety of audiences, including incarcerated youth and adults, mentally/physically challenged people, students of all ages, and almost anyone who is interested in enriching his or her life through art.  Center Artist Members serve as instructors that deliver arts programming tailored to serve the needs of our partnering social service agencies. 


The goals of ArtReach enrichment programs and classes are to give participants the opportunity to improve critical thinking, improve their spatial and temporal reasoning and social skills, develop positive self-concepts, and nourish a lifelong love of art.

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Collaborating agency partners:
  • City of Abilene – Recreation Division

  • Disability Resources Inc.

  • Taylor County Juvenile Justice Center

  • Taylor County Learning Center

  • Young Audiences of Abilene

  • Local universities

  • Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

  • Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

  • Day Nurseries of Abilene


Sample ArtReach Programs 
  • Free art classes art classes for incarcerated youth and adults

  • Free art classes for mentally and physically challenged youth and adults

  • Curriculum and training for future educators

  • Tuition-based art camps for teens and adults

  • Special exhibits and tours

Contact Us

Phone: 325.677.8389

Thank you to these supporters:

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

Dian Graves Owen Foundation

Legett and Kickapoo Foundations

Robison Excelsior Foundation

Texas Commission on the Arts

Community Foundation of Abilene

David and Sindy Durham

Mike and Julie Denny

Weatherl & Associates

Visit Us

The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress Street

Abilene, Texas 79601


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Gallery Hours

Tuesday through Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Closed Sunday and Monday

Open 5 - 8 p.m. every second Thursday for ArtWalk