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.
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.
Jon Cromer, President
Toni Erskine, President Elect
Owner, Noble Electronic Security
Laura Hill, Secretary
Director of Community Services, City of Longview
Jennifer Harris, Treasurer
Senior Vice President, Texas Bank and Trust
Dietrich Johnson, At Large
Assistant Director Community Service Administration, City of Longview
Nancy Murray, Past President
RBC Wealth Management
President/attorney, U.S. Title
Longview PAR Officer and Sr. Pastor, Parkview Baptist Church
Owner. Edible Art
Owner, Forbes and Butler Visual Communications
Sr. Director, Communications, LeTourneau University
General Counsel, Crain Foundation, R. Lacy Inc.
Secretary, Gregg County Historical Museum
Marketing and Retail Development Director, LEDCO
Team Leader, Eastman Chemical
Director, South Asian Initiatives, LeTourneau University
Dr. Roger Johnson
Texas Office Leasing
Joe Bob Joyce
President, Joyce Crane
Dr. Brenda Kays
President, Kilgore College
Attorney, Harbour, Smith, Harris & Merritt
Owner/Broker, Sugar Magnolia Properties
Art Teacher, Pine Tree ISD
Communication Specialist, Longview ISD
CPA, Henry & Peters Accounting Firm
Voila Contemporary Catering, Longview ISD Child Nutrition
Attorney, Sorey, Gilliland & Hull
Executive Director, Arts!Longview (non-voting)