The San Angelo Convention & Visitors Bureau has received word from Representative Drew Darby’s office that San Angelo has been named the Visual Arts Capital of Texas as Governor Greg Abbott signed the resolution yesterday evening in Austin.

Check out the statements below from three individuals who pulled together to bring this honor to San Angelo.

Mayor Brenda Gunter stated, “As the Mayor of San Angelo I believe strongly in the importance of the arts and the arts community. I am so proud to be able to support and announce that San Angelo has been given a 10-year designation as the Visual Arts Capital of Texas. We have an arts community who have made our city so much
more attractive by using their talents to attract and inspire people through their commitment to the arts. Thank you to all the artists in the city who believe and share their talents with the public. You have made us a much more attractive city.”


Diann Bayes, Vice President of the Convention & Visitors Bureau, stated “This has been a two-year vision of the Convention & Visitors Bureau. We reached out to our Representative Darby’s office and Senator Perry’s office in May of 2019 to find out the process of seeking the designation. We were told we needed to send information to

their offices during the next legislative session, which was in 2021. In December 2020, we put together a presentation to our legislators, along with support letters from Mayor Gunter, Downtown San Angelo, Inc., and the Museum of Fine Arts and submitted it.”


Representative Drew Darby said..."From its murals, museums, and galleries to historic Fort Concho and the iconic Cactus Hotel, San Angelo boasts many attractions and numerous accolades that truly make it a vibrant city for the arts in Texas and During
the most recent legislative session, I was proud to pass House Concurrent
Resolution 24, which designates San Angelo as the official Visual Arts Capital of Texas and recognizes our city for its many historic contributions and artistic works. This recognition is well-deserved and honors our community for the next 10 years.”

This is just one more reason to be proud of living in San Angelo, Texas!

To see the entire press release, click here.

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