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CAC staff treated to day at Texas State Capitol

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Staff Report

The Cultural Activities Center staff was invited to the state capital on Monday to share their upcoming community engaging fundraiser, 6x6x2015.  The CAC’s first annual 6×6 exhibit, taking place on June 6, will display hundreds of original artworks made and donated by international and local artists, musicians, designers, local famous icons, students, and YOU!

The mission of the CAC is to promote and encourage the participation of the arts to all residents of Central Texas and beyond. Helping to support the arts, Representative Molly White and staff welcomed the CAC staff to be their guests at the state capital May 4.  White and CAC staff participated in the 6×6 fundraiser event creating works of arts with acrylics on 6-inch by 6-inch canvases. White’s canvases will be part of the display and silent auction at 6×6, and staff hopes to attract many to come see her works of art.

The CAC staff were then escorted through the capital by Representative White to the Gallery to be recognized and announced to all the representatives. White mentioned what the CAC’s mission was and acknowledged what the center offers Central Texas and its importance for the state of Texas.

The CAC has been reaching out to businesses throughout Central Texas to promote the CAC and awareness of the importance of sustaining the arts for all. The 6×6 participatory fundraiser has engaged more than 219 participants from resident artists, children, business professionals, international artists, musicians, and aspiring artist so far.

The Cultural Activities Center is hosting a free painting workshop on Friday, May 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its center and invites everyone to come and participate. Light snacks will be sponsored in part by Subway.  However, several groups are gathering their co-workers, bringing their sack lunches and coming to be part of the social event.  All participants are invited to paint a 6” x 6” artwork at this come-and-go event to donate back to the CAC for the upcoming 6×6 exhibit fundraiser, opening in Howard Gallery on June 6. All supplies are provided, but registration is required. Contact 254-773-9926 or to register.

The success of the fun art fundraiser will depend on each participant, so save the date for June 6 for the opening reception honoring each artist, and come find a 6×6 to purchase from the display.

“It’s not every day that the whole community is invited to exhibit in a professional gallery, or gets to have their own artist’s reception, or be part of the such an unique experience,” said Jane Boone, CAC Marketing Director.  “The CAC has received many elaborate 6×6 creations so far and in various mediums such as glass, clay, watercolor, collages, and abstract. Many are excited to attend the opening to purchase the pieces they want to take home at such a great bargain for only $20 a piece!”

As mentioned, all artworks will be sold for $20 each and will help raise funds to support Temple’s jewel, the Cultural Activities Center, which is in its 56th year and currently serves between 90,000 and 100,000 visitors annually.  To spice up the 6×6 opening, Roger Sadler will open an exhibit in the Saulsbury Gallery, and Scott Strickland in the McCreary Gallery from 5-7 p.m. The 6×6 exhibit will also have food trucks available for dinner, live music by Scott Stickland in the CAC courtyard, and a drum circle inside Saulsbury gallery for more entertainment for the evening. The evening will round out with Kevin Russell, also known as Shinyribs, performing in the CAC auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

The 6x6x2015 evening at the Cultural Activities Center will be filled with lots of social activities for a great evening out in Temple.  For more information on how to participate and be part of this interactive fundraiser supporting the ARTS for Central Texas, call (254) 773-9926 or visit for more information.