As hosts of the world-renowned Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the Van Cliburn Foundation has shown a commitment to classical music cultivation. From Bass Performance Hall's mezzanine or orchestra II seating (back right, left, or center orchestra section, typically in rows BBB–B), experience the euphoric euphony of award-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who makes her Dallas–Fort Worth debut, MacArthur Fellow Stephen Hough, or Olga Kern, the returning Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medalist.
Log Cabin Village’s authentic historical houses and cabins give visitors an interactive look at life in 19th-century Texas. Through tours, artifact collections, and story hours led by Log Cabin Village’s four resident cats, visitors are transported back to a simpler time. Grab your family, friends, or trio of wind-up toy ducks and meander through the six cabins, the smokehouse, school, blacksmith shop, water-powered gristmill, and herb garden to see, smell, and hear about the frontier days of yore. Both the one-room schoolhouse and Seela cabin can be entered and explored in their entirety, and the other historical properties can be viewed behind a barrier. Various demonstrations, from embroidering to blacksmithing to stylish bonnet accessorizing, happen daily, and staff historical interpreters are always available to talk and answer questions.
Since its founding in 1908, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has helped men and women foster their faith while obtaining degrees in areas such as theology, church music, and education. More than 43,000 of these students have passed through its storied halls, where faculty members prepared them to serve in local churches and on missions across the world. Beyond these programs, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary hosts community events such as educational exhibits and concerts, which might feature student musicians or well-known bands.
Blanketing more than 100 acres, Fort Worth Botanic Garden houses several disparate gardens that welcome locals and tourists whether they want quiet reflection or a social stroll amid arboreal beauty. The Fragrance Garden lives up to its name by engaging olfactory zones with a dozen uniquely scented plants. In the 7-acre Japanese Garden, visitors commune with plants and animals, including the pond's koi fish and their pet minnows.
The Modern Art Museum's architecturally impressive, aqua-hovering, glass-walled building contains 53,000 square feet of gallery space and more than 2,600 works of contemporary art (approximately 500 works are viewable at a time) from around the world. The permanent collection boasts pieces by such heavy hitters as Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Pollock. Current exhibitions include K-Mart Conceptualism, a display by world-acclaimed artist and longtime Fort Worth resident Vernon Fischer. The exhibit, on display until January 2, 2011, juxtaposes language and images into visually literary and literally visual artsperiences (the Dallas Morning News calls the works "monumentally powerful").
With more than 90 artifacts on display, Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea offers new, exciting interpretations of the Mesoamerican civilization. Head to the Kimbell Art Museum's architecturally renowned building and browse the Mayans' fascinating carved stone monuments, artifacts crafted from jade and gold, and sculpted figurines. From the shell-and-quartz carving of a frog to an intricately painted plate with the Mayan maize god, the Fiery Pool exhibit explores the Mesoamerican's spiritual relationship with the sea, intriguing both anthropologic buffs and those who believe other cultures only exist in their ancient-society-on-the-bottom yogurt cups. Designed by American architect Louis I. Kahn, the museum's subtle use of space and materials, along with its inventive use of natural light enhances the enjoyment of the art.