- About Arts!Longview
Explore the District
The Arts!Longview Cultural District covers more than 320 acres including downtown Longview and stretches south to LeTourneau University. The area is home to museums, restaurants, parks, live music, theater, and historic buildings. Explore the district with our interactive web map or brochure.
Mission and Vision
Our mission is to spark a love of the arts, history, and culture in order to celebrate and enhance our creative community. From our hometown charm to our urban spirit, we are the art and soul of Longview.
Arts!Longview’s vision is to spark a vibrant and successful creative community that works to inspire and promote a love of the arts, our history, and culture in Longview. We pursue innovative opportunities that enhance our quality of life, and benefit a thriving cultural arts community. With our collaborative efforts and vision, ARTS!Longview celebrates the art and soul of Longview – now and for future generations.
Longview’s cultural district was designated by the Texas Commission on the Arts September 5, 2019. Arts!Longview is the non-profit organization charged with implementing the goals of the cultural district. See the district's 5-year plan.
History of Arts!Longview Organization
Arts!Longview is a 501(c)3 organization formed in 2019. The organization was created after an inspirational Longview Chamber of Commerce Inter-City visit to Waco in 2018, which included their cultural district. Following the trip, a local task force was created to pursue the possibility of a cultural district designation from the Texas Commission on the Arts. In 2019, the task force applied for and was granted acceptance as an official Texas Cultural District. The nonprofit was formed to oversee the ongoing effort to promote and develop the district.
Executive Director, Arts!Longview
Board of Directors
Arts!Longview is governed by a volunteer board of directors including district stakeholders and representatives of cultural organizations from throughout the community.
Toni Erskine, President
Owner, Noble Electronic Security
Jon Cromer, Past President
Dan Sorey, President Elect
Attorney, Sorey, Gilliland & Hull
Dr. Brenda Kays, Vice President
President, Kilgore College
Laura Hill, Secretary
Director Grant Services, City of Longview
Jennifer Harris, Treasurer
Senior Vice President, Texas Bank and Trust
Dietrich Johnson, At Large
Director Community Service Administration, City of Longview
Holly Forbes, At Large
Owner, Forbes and Butler Visual Communications
Longview PAR Officer and Sr. Pastor, Parkview Baptist Church
Dr. Sherry Chance
Associate Provost, LeTourneau University
Artistic Director, Greater Longview Children’s Choir
Owner, Edible Art
General Counsel, Crain Foundation, R. Lacy Inc.
Secretary, Gregg County Historical Museum
Team Leader, Eastman Chemical
Jennifer Teague Jackson
Marketing Director & Laser Tech, Rumours Spalon
Dr. Roger Johnson
Texas Office Leasing
Joe Bob Joyce
President, Joyce Crane
Attorney, Harbour, Smith, Harris & Merritt
Marketing and Retail Development Director, LEDCO
RBC Wealth Management
Board member, East Texas Symphonic Band
Art Teacher, Longview ISD
CPA, Henry & Peters Accounting Firm
Voila Contemporary Catering, Longview ISD Child Nutrition