The Arts!Longview Cultural District was established through the work of several founding arts and culture organizations. Please click on the links to each group below to learn more about them, their performances, and their volunteer opportunities.
ArtsView Children’s Theatre is committed to a progressive theatre arts education and outreach program for area children. Educate tomorrow’s audiences about the joys of the performing and visual arts. Nurture the development of the performing arts. Create, produce, and perform works that engage the entire family. Productions, summer camps, workshops, after school classes, and seminars are offered throughout the year.
The East Texas Symphonic Band (ETSB), founded in 1988, is a volunteer wind symphony made up of area musicians. The music spans the entire gamut of symphonic wind literature with a high emphasis on outstanding local musicians as soloists, both vocal and instrumental. The season typically consists of three formal concerts at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center and an informal summer outdoor “Pops in the Park” concert.
Long a fixture in the downtown Longview marketplace, the Gregg County Historical Museum resides within a historic bank building with a colorful past. Several permanent and new exhibits enthrall guests with the booms and busts of a town built by the railroad and put on the international map because of oil. With a heritage begun by Native Americans and expanded by settlers, the story of Longview is both rich in mysteries as well as blessed by the generosity of the human spirit.
The Belcher Center is the premier center for the performing arts in Longview. With world-class acoustics and staging, the center brings major national touring productions to East Texas. Big names, big performances, and big fun are always in store. Each season, the center attracts Broadway shows, concerts, comedians, and world-class performers. The venue is also home to Longview's symphony, ballet, and symphonic band.
Longview Ballet Theatre is dedicated to enhancing our community by combining beauty, skill, and vision to create innovative and inspiring performances for local audiences. For more than 50 years, Pat George Mitchell, founder and artistic director, has developed the talent of many local dancers. LBT’s annual performances are a marriage between company members and world-class professional dancers, performing such classics as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, and George Balanchine’s Serenade.
An artistic venture begun by the Junior League of Longview in 1958, the LMFA has grown into one of Texas’ jewel boxes for modern and regional art, with over 700 pieces in its permanent collection. Located in downtown Longview, the facility has also been home to nationally treasured traveling exhibits, and many special events. Art classes are available for adults and school age students at ArtWorks.
The fully professional Longview Symphony celebrates 50 years of providing beautiful orchestral music to Longview patrons. Seasonal concerts delight audiences with classical and popular music. Other special events include Bach’s Lunches, free lunchtime concerts at various downtown churches.
Longview WOW is a creative, imaginative, and exploratory discovery center for children, designed to create a life-long love of learning. The educational environments offer hands-on discovery of Longview’s various career and technology fields through interactive play. Exhibits include Invention Garage, The Factory, The Market, Build-It, Build-It Jr., The House, and The Park, along with special events throughout the year.
Theatre Longview is dedicated to bringing high-quality, entertaining, inspiring productions to Longview. This theatre company is committed to providing a collaborative and inclusive atmosphere for theatre artists of all levels and backgrounds to use their talents, express themselves, and develop their expertise in theatre arts. Through its theatrical productions, Theatre Longview enriches the tapestry of the arts community in the greater East Texas area.
Phone Number: 903-738-1865
Mailing Address: Arts!Longview, PO Box 3652, Longview, TX 75606
Office Address: 500 E. Whaley St., Longview, TX 75601