Statement on the Death of Former Director Joe Kagle


Art of the Rat: Blek decorates downtown Waco
Waco Trib Article
Posted November 14, 2018

The Board and Staff of the Art Center of Waco (ACW) are deeply saddened by the sudden death of artist, curator, and former ACW Executive Director, Joe Kagle.

Joe inspired the arts community in Waco with his visionary programs and boundless energy. Read the full statement here.

Blek le Rat, 67, a French pioneer in street art, uses stencils and spray paint Wednesday on a wall of the unfinished Art Center of Waco building on South Eighth Street.

He came to Waco at the invitation of Brian Greif, an art collector and producer who also brought the Banksy work “Haight Street Rat” to Waco.

Blek says the work is a gift to the city, part of his belief that street art has democratized art by removing barriers of access. (Continue reading at

A few pictures can be found here.

As the Art Center of Waco enters a new season of growth, we are pleased to announce new leadership. Our current Program Coordinator, Claire Sexton, will be taking on the Director position beginning in August. Claire is an experienced, knowledgeable professional with a passion for cultivating the arts in the greater Waco community.

Click here to read board president Jill Michaels's letter announcing the appointment

Leadership Transition, Program Coordinator Claire Sexton to become next Director
Meg Gilbert to enter Baylor Museum Studies Program

Art Center of Waco building funds to start work on building
Waco Trib Article
Posted June 24, 2018

Two months after securing a downtown building, Art Center of Waco board members and supporters are gearing up for the next phase of a project with green its predominant color: fundraising.

They are working on plans to raise $500,000 to start renovations on the one-story brick building at 701 S. Eighth St., a former social services center. The building, built in 1960 and with 9,240 square feet of space, will allow the community art center to move downtown from its past home at McLennan Community College. (Continue reading at

The Art Center of Waco moved a major step closer to a downtown home this week with the completed purchase of a South Eighth Street property and building.

“We’re super excited,” Art Center board President Jill Michaels said. “It’s the next big chapter in the history of the Art Center. … It’s a nice feeling we have a home and place to live right now.”

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Waco Trib Article Posted APRIL 17, 2018

Art Center of Waco Announces New Location
KXXv video posted april

The Art Center of Waco Finds Downtown Space for Move
Waco Today article posted March 22,2018

A new downtown location is in sight for the Art Center of Waco. The organization is expected to close a contract for the property next month, with fundraising and renovation soon to follow.

Art Center of Waco board member Lisa Monroe told about 300 art supporters at Thursday’s Table Toppers fundraiser that the center has a contract on property and hopes to close within a month.

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Summer camp 2018 Schedule Release
Posted March 12, 2018

Registration for The Art Center of Waco's Summer Camps is open today! Browse the offerings now, or read below for a few details about how things will work for 2018.

Location & Schedule: The Art Center of Waco's 2018 Summer Camps will all be held at Hillcrest PDS. This will mean a change for our camp schedules; because campus is only open Monday-Thursday, all camps will be also be Monday-Thursday, a change from previous years.

Camps for ages 5-7 and 8-12 will be held the weeks of June 11-14June 18-21, and June 25-28. Like last year, there are sessions for the 5-7 and 8-12 age groups in each time slot during these weeks. We are happy to offer the Lunch Buddies program once again, for supervised lunch and play for all ages time between morning and afternoon sets of classes.

Teen camps: Camps for ages 13-16 will be held the weeks of July 9-12, with options in both morning and afternoon.

During the fall, the Art Center of Waco had to quickly relocate its offices from its home on the MCC campus to Cultivate 12 in downtown Waco after structural dangers were found in the building. But that move has not slowed down the Art Center from holding exhibitions, art classes, educational events, artists’ talks and even plans for a summer camp.

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WACO TODAY Article Posted MARCH 1, 2018

Happy Holidays from the Art Center of Waco!


Art Center officials looking for new location
Waco Trib Article Posted October 22, 2017

As we welcome the season of giving, we at The Art Center of Waco reflect on how gracious our members and friends have been to us during the center’s displacement. The board and staff would like to extend special thanks to MCC, who gave us a home for many years, Cultivate 7twelve, the Mayborn Museum, and Interior Glow for their generosity in our time of need.

Currently, our base of operations is at Cultivate 7twelve at 712 Austin Avenue. It’s refreshing to be downtown and in such a creative environment surrounded by artists and entrepreneurs while our building search committee pursues a new long-term home for the Art Center. Because issues with our building forced us to move much earlier than we planned, we are not offering Cookies & Coloring or Squish, Scribble, Splat! classes in the Spring of 2018. We are taking this break to focus on planning and development so that we may better serve the Waco community. Taking this time to plan will also help us honor our commitment to take the Art Expedition mobile art exhibit to more schools community events in early 2018.  Read more here...

Art Center of Waco board members and staffers likely won’t be going back to the building they called home for more than 40 years, after a structural problem forced its evacuation Oct. 4.

Board President Jill Michaels said the departure, forced by a critical support beam pulling away from an exterior wall, likely will be permanent as Art Center board members, administrators and supporters accelerate their search for a new building or space.

McLennan Community College officials closed the building, which it leases to the Art Center of Waco, after an inspection found the structural problem was getting worse. The action temporarily moved the center’s current photographic exhibition and Art Center staff to Cultivate 7twelve, a gallery and arts space in downtown Waco. (continue reading at

Posted October 12, 2017

Thanks to everyone who came and experienced a new concept last weekend at the Waco Cultural Arts Festival! Our Art Expedition trailer showcased an exhibition of work by professors from Baylor, MCC, and Tarleton State. For pictures of Art Expedition at the 2017 Waco Cultural Arts Fest, please visit the gallery here.
The trailer will be traveling around to area schools, bringing a field trip right to the children of Waco and McLennan County, including scheduled trips to West Avenue Elementary, Lorena Elementary, China Spring Elementary and more! If you are a teacher or know a teacher who would like to have the Art Expedition at their school for their grade 3-5 students, please visit our website and submit an interest form.
If you’re not a teacher or a student, you will be able to find it at other downtown events throughout the year, like select Farmer's Market Saturdays, the Texas Food Truck Showdown, etc

Location News
Posted October 4, 2017

The staff of the Art Center are relocating in light of recent revelations about the safety of the historic building.

After being informed that work needed to be done before it was safe to inhabit the 100-year old Cameron summer home, Art Center director Meg Gilbert moved quickly to ensure the full slate of programming would be able to proceed as planned. Gilbert and program coordinator Claire Sexton will be using office space at Cultivate 7twelve, the downtown art and community space housed in the former home of the Croft Gallery that was also home to Creative Waco's Waco 52 exhibition over the summer.

The Art Center's new educational initiative, a mobile art gallery in a trailer will launch as planned at the Waco Cultural Arts Festival in Indian Spring Park. The next children's class, Cookies & Coloring will happen as scheduled on Friday, October 13 at 4 pm, in classroom space at Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Avenue, Waco TX 76701.

The Art Center's next exhibition, This, That, or The Other: Emerging Trends and Vernacular in Photography will open as scheduled on Friday October 13 at 7 pm at Cultivate 7twelve's downstairs gallery space. The juried exhibition of the Society for Photographic Educators (SPEC) happens in conjunction with the south-central district's annual conference, hosted in Waco this year by co-chairs Jennings Sheffield of Baylor University and Chris Ireland of Tarleton State. The exhibition will be on view on the second floor of the downtown gallery until Saturday, October 28, 2017 and the Cultivate 7twelve "Transformation" exhibition will be on view on the first floor until November 1.