What TRAHC does


Gallery Exhibits in the historic Regional Arts Center showcases national and regional touring exhibits, plus local visual artists 12 months out of the year.

ART classes for all ages are taught by local artists at TRAHC’s Arts on Main annex, Regional Arts Center and local artist locations!

First Fridays offers a monthly evening to mix, mingle and take in the Arts! Free Admission for TRAHC Members with opportunities to join at the door.



The ArtsSmart Institute for Learning is a year-round program of professional development and research utilizing Teacher Workshops, Artists-in-Residence and other Arts Education Resources to assist all classroom educators in being more effective at and willing to use the arts to reach their curricular objectives.  ArtsSmart serves over seventy-five campuses from over forty school districts (in excess of 40,000 individuals per year).  As part of the process, more than 30 professionals in varying arts disciplines are brought in each year to both train teachers and model best practices in the classroom.

The Kennedy Center Partnership - TRAHC and all four Texarkana school districts (Texarkana Independent School District, Pleasant Grove Independent School District, Liberty-Eylau Independent School District, and Texarkana AR School District) are now members of the elite Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.  Selected because of their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts, the Partnership Team participates in collaborative efforts to provide professional development opportunities in the arts for educators. Texarkana was one of only 14 new teams from across the U.S. selected this year and is the FIRST to have multiple districts represented. Developed in 1991, only 300 teams in the nation are in this prestigeous program.

ArtsSmart Consultants are reaching national and regional audiences by presenting the ArtsSmart Model of Excellence at conferences, conventions, and training workshops.  School districts in other states are now integrating this model under the direction of TRAHC consultants in theatre, visual arts, and music. TRAHC's ArtsSmart Model was presented to a joint session of the Texas Legislature in the fall of 2009, and TRAHC consultants have served as adjunct professors for Texas A&M - Texarkana's arts program with classes taught at the Regional Arts Center and on the TAMU-T campus.

Education Programs are available to the general public, many at no charge. In cooperation with ArtsSmart, TRAHC provides special educational workshops to coordinate with the Perot Series presentations, designs and conducts training for Docents, offers tours of the Historic facilities and Regional Arts Center Exhibits, and develops learning experiences for all ages.  

A BEST PRACTICES FORUM on achieving Educational Excellence Through the Arts  is attended annually by hundreds of educators from Memphis to Fayetteville, Oklahoma City to Denton, and all points in between!  With a different nationally-known facilitator each year, educators, administrators, parents, and the public have access to the latest learning modules and best practices from around the country.


Perot Theatre Series in the beautiful Historic Perot Theatre including national and international cultural arts performances on tour.

TRAHC's Theatre for Young Audiences in the Perot Theatre brings professional children's theatre to thousands of area school children each year.



Community Outreach Initiatives offer lifelong learning opportunities for all ages through a number of different avenues, including: arts-based classes at the Arts on Main annex & Regional Arts Center, First Fridays, master classes, workshops and seminars, pre-and post-performance lectures, Women for the Arts, TRAHC's African-American Advisory Committee (TAAC), and TRAHC's Latino Outreach Committee. The Performing Arts & Education Advisory Groups provide additional opportunities for public input.

Encouraging Local Visual and Performing Artists  is part of TRAHC's mission, as well as supporting other cultural and arts organizations.  Various classes provide opportunities for artists to share their expertise and love of arts; annual juried shows offer area artists a competitive opportunity for exhibiting their work; and the Regional Arts Center Open Hall Galleries offer a showcase to individual artists in a professional setting.  Additionally, non-profit art organizations are hosted at discounted facility rates for art related programs, skill development workshops are held in collaboration with exhibitions, and performing artists have the chance to display their talents several times during each year.

Professional Leadership  by TRAHC enhances community understanding and use of the arts to purposefully build an energized community full of engaged, creative citizens!  Staff expertise is regularly sought by individuals and groups around the region and the country.

TRAHC is a facilitator, an instigator, a mediator, and an integral part of the Texarkana regional community. 
TRAHC provides models of excellence not only for local and area associations but also for national forums. 
TRAHC provides outlets for artistic expression and continues to focus on building foundations for our own “creative economy”.
Since 1978, TRAHC continues “to grow people and community through the Arts”!

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