Three years after founding Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in 1997, Louise Hopkins Underwood’s operation finally found a permanent home in the city's vacated Fire Department Administration Building. These days, her vision for a thriving contemporary-arts community has grown into a four-block campus with nine buildings spread across 64,000 square feet. The LHUCA team repurposed those structures—warehouses and former municipal buildings among them—into arts spaces that include an exhibition hall and four galleries whose nearly 5,000 square feet display local, national, and international artists. The renovated Icehouse accommodates rehearsals and performances of dance, music, and performance art, and the 159-seat Firehouse Theatre's 5.1-surround-sound mix brings films to life more effectively than hiring Dr. Frankenstein as a projectionist. Along with showcasing the work of prominent figures, the center's teachers nurture up-and-coming artists with classes in disciplines such as oil painting, bagpiping, and creative writing.
Lauded in a review by Frommer’s, Science Spectrum Museum educates youngsters on myriad scientific subjects—from technology to animals to outer space—with more than 250 exhibits and a scholastic slate of visually appealing movies. Teensy scientists and their parental counterparts can soak up cleverly communicated knowledge while learning about the biology of the Brazos River, the science of sports, the elements of flight, and the physics of Einstein's half-court slam dunks during his days playing for the Celtics.
Exposed beams and rough brick walls contribute to an industrial effect at Glassy Alley Art Studio, a passion project of chrome-favoring mosaicist Pauline Mills. Sculptors and photographers form the rest of the studio’s professional staff at this haven of expression, the walls of which regularly feature the works of local artists. A regular participant in First Friday Art Trail since its founding in 2009, Glassy Alley is a laid-back spot to check out neighborhood bohemians, hear live music, and confuse a chameleon.
Scurry County Museum offers a window into the county's past that's equally useful for locals and tourists. The permanent exhibit showcases a timeline of the county's development, highlighting everything from buffalo hunting to the oil boom. Rotating exhibits explore historical realities such as homemaking in the frontier days. Visitors can shop for unique gifts in the museum store, stocked with books, mugs, T-shirts, and other specialty items.
The 34th annual Lubbock Arts Festival, presented by the nonprofit promoters of the Lubbock Arts Alliance, caters to families with its yearly celebration of visual, performing, culinary, and children's arts. More than 100 visual artists headline the weekend-long gala with their stunning handiwork, including the Sweet Pieces of Jelly Bean Art, which will remain on display each day to wow browsers with massive pieces crafted entirely from sugary treats. Atop three different performance stages, dancers perform in a variety of styles, while children's Make and Take stations entertain pint-size Picassos with free art-related activities. Finally, on Sunday, eyes can shift to the big screen during an all-day film festival, filled with independent films and cartoons that showcase familial filmmaking prowess and stirring monologues delivered by sophisticated housecats.