Works of art, whether in physical or intangible form, can often easily be understood by people from different social, cultural, and political backgrounds. It’s one of the reasons why music is referred to as a musical language. Also, through studying artworks, as well as the messages encoded in literature, music, and poetry, it's possible to gain insight and understanding of other people’s history and present-day realities. Here's a list of some of the best Longview places for adding art into your life.
The ARTS!Longview Cultural District, 343-acres stretching from Downtown south to LeTourneau University, incorporates the core of Longview's cultural arts facilities and performing venues, and historical buildings. As an organization, ARTS!Longview's mission is to spark a love of the arts, history, and culture in order to celebrate and enhance our creative community.
ArtsView Children’s Theatre is committed to a progressive theatre arts education and outreach program for area children. Educate tomorrow’s audiences about the joys of the performing and visual arts. Nurture the development of the performing arts. Create, produce, and perform works that engage the entire family. Productions, summer camps, workshops, after school classes, and seminars are offered throughout the year.
The Belcher Center is the premier center for the performing arts in Longview. With world-class acoustics and staging, the center brings major national touring productions to East Texas. Big names, big performances, and big fun are always in store. Each season, the center attracts Broadway shows, concerts, comedians, and world-class performers. The venue is also home to Longview's symphony, ballet, and symphonic band.
Create Art studio provides art classes, workshops, summer camps, parties, adult & kid's night out. If you want to create on your own, come on in! They offer clay, clay silver (custom jewelry), canvas, bisque ware and glass.
The East Texas Symphonic Band (ETSB), founded in 1988, is a volunteer wind symphony made up of area musicians. The music spans the entire gamut of symphonic wind literature with a high emphasis on outstanding local musicians as soloists, both vocal and instrumental. The season typically consists of three formal concerts at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center and an informal summer outdoor “Pops in the Park” concert.
Longview Ballet Theatre is dedicated to enhancing our community by combining beauty, skill, and vision to create innovative and inspiring performances for local audiences. For more than 50 years, Pat George Mitchell, founder and artistic director, has developed the talent of many local dancers. LBT’s annual performances are a marriage between company members and world-class professional dancers, performing such classics as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, and George Balanchine’s Serenade.
The fully professional Longview Symphony celebrates 50 years of providing beautiful orchestral music to Longview patrons. Seasonal concerts delight audiences with classical and popular music. Other special events include Bach’s Lunches, free lunchtime concerts at various downtown churches.
The Mud Hut is a paint-your-own-pottery studio with Late Night, Storytime, custom painting, parties, and more. **May be temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Please contact in advance prior to attending.
Gushing with great music, the Theatre Longview Company brings unique musical entertainment to Longview via several performances a year. With diverse musical genres from Broadway to symphony, regional artists perform concerts covering opera/operetta, musical theatre, gospel andoratorio.