Heart of the High Plains: Amarillo Art Institute

Heart of the High Plains

Art education and appreciation are the two goals behind an area non-profit and they are working to bring out the artist in everyone.

The Amarillo Art Institute is working to inspire, educate and enrich life through art. 

They are doing this by offering a wide variety of classes to the public. 

From painting to weaving, Rachel Flores, the Executive Director of the Art Institute says it can all be a form of therapy.

Amarillo Art Institute Rachel Flores says, “Art is used as a form of therapy so a lot of the students who come here, come to us that have gone through divorce, the loss of a child, or maybe just have social anxiety and they are able to use art as a way to cope with those issues they are going through.”

Along with helping some of their students through tough times, Flores says they are also making up for a disparity in the arts. 

Flores says, “Making the arts more accessible for people who maybe would not otherwise have the opportunity to engage in art. We are really helping people to learn how to be free, not only the skills of how to paint and how to draw but how to boost their creativity and break out of the box and do something that they never thought they could do before.”

The art institute sees students of all ages and of all skill levels so Flores says its a place for everyone.

Flores says, “It really is more than just the art even, it is family and people are here to lift each other up.”

The art institute has several classes and workshops for all ages.

You can also become a member and get a sneak peek of events.    

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