Center City of Amarillo announces Create!

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This summer, Center City is sponsoring a new event called Create! to celebrate the Amarillo Cultural District. 

“Center City is launching this new event to bring an art festival downtown,” said Beth Duke, executive director of Center City of Amarillo. “Center City has applied with the Texas Commission on the Arts to become a designated Cultural District.  Create! will spotlight visual and performing arts and raise awareness for our Cultural District.”
Amarillo National Bank is the title sponsor for Create!
Create! is a two-part event with a VIP Preview party from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19 at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. The second floor of the Globe-News Center will be a gallery with an art show and sale featuring premier artists.
Premier artists include Jacob Breeden, Marsha Clements, David Corbin, Luz Angela Crawford, Ann Crouch, Ralph Duke, Kent Harris, Melynn Huntley, Kyle Singleton, Mary Solomon, and Gary Ward.  Artists will donate a piece of their work to a silent auction.  The artists will also show and sell their work during the festival on Saturday.
Preview party guests will have the opportunity to sing karaoke with Katie Eddins on the Globe-News Center stage and paint a painting in the education room with Burn Studio.
“Strangetowne,” sponsored by Xcel Energy, will perform in concert at 9 p.m. 
Guests are encouraged to dress “creatively” for this event. Tickets to the VIP event are $75 per person and include food and beverages. Tickets are available at the Center City offices at 1000 S. Polk St. 
On Saturday, Aug. 20, Create! will become a free-admission family art festival on the grounds of the Globe-News Center for the Performing Art, the Amarillo Public Library and the parking lots between the two facilities from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The festival will feature food booths, arts and crafts and children’s activities. 
Inside the Globe-News Center, Center City will celebrate additional art forms.  A film festival in the Globe-News Center Auditorium will feature free showings of “Finding Nemo,” “The Goonies” and “Jaws.”  Original short films from the 48-Hour Film project will round out the program.
Along with the artists inside the Globe-News Center, Katie Eddins will have karaoke. Guests also can have a caricature drawn by Kyle Singleton and a photo from the photo booth.
The Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council / Amarillo Chamber of Commerce will sponsor free outdoor concerts throughout the day on Saturday. Bands are:
Andy Chase
the Dust Jackets
Mike Fuller
Noah Jenda
The outdoor plaza will include food vendors and free creative activities for children.  Participating groups include the Amarillo Art Institute, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Extreme Martial Arts, the Amarillo College Youth Conservatory Theater, Home Depot, Civic Amarillo, High Plains Public Radio, Amarillo Parks and Recreation Department, CareNet, Family Support Services and Parties, Picnics and Promotions.
The Amarillo Public Library also will have ongoing activities on that day including reading circles, music by Dean Yates inspired by books and origami. Panhandle PBS will show approximately 20 short films inside the library. The content ranges from Panhandle PBS web series “The Season,” which follows Amarillo Little Theatre during its 90th anniversary season, and “Artistically Speaking,” which examines art from the eyes of the creators, to segments of Art in the 21st Century and a variety of arts-themed shorts from the PBS Digital Studios.
Amarillo National Bank is title sponsor for Create! Other corporate sponsors and individuals make this event possible including Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council/ Amarillo Chamber of Commerce,  79101 Properties, LP, Atmos, FirstBank Southwest, Happy State Bank, Johnson & Sheldon, Mays Foundation, Newcrest Image, Scarborough Specialties, Underwood Law Firm, West Texas A&M University Amarillo Center, Duke Electric, Hoarel Signs, Williams-Boyce Agency and Gaut Whittenburg  Emerson.  
Center City is a nonprofit organization. Center City is a Texas and national Main Street City.  For information or to volunteer for Create!,  contact Center City at 372-6744 or e-mail

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