ACM ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW
A brief history…
In response to goals expressed through the “Objectives for Midland: the Eighties” program, the Midland Arts Assembly was formed and incorporated in December of 1981. As Midland’s council for the arts, the Assembly was to serve as a promotional and public relations vehicle to promote the arts and stimulate community participation and support.
Through the leadership of Dr. Al Langford, Midland College provided a part-time director, Dr. Charles Stewart, and resources to establish the Assembly. The first board of trustees was elected in 1982. The first Celebration of the Arts Festival was held in 1984.
In 1984 the KidsArts & Company program was begun at Casa de Amigos to provide free art classes and a variety of arts experiences to underserved children. In 1988, the Midland Arts Assembly changed its name to the Arts Assembly of Midland. In 1989, our Subgranting program to other Midland arts organizations began and in 1993, the CityArt project was begun to cover the graffiti in our town with wall art. In 2003 Corals mural project was created transforming columns at intersections in the Big Spring corridor into large-scale “core samples” reflecting a part of our oil industry. That same year, AAM presented Buffalo Basin, a community-wide sculpture exhibition of life-sized buffalo sculptures designed and painted by more than a dozen area artists.
In the spring of 2011, AAM changed its name to Arts Council of Midland to more clearly describe our organization for our community and beyond. With this change, an updated logo and brand new website was inaugurated.