TJC plans 4th annual Arts Festival throughout April | TJC

TJC plans 4th annual Arts Festival throughout April

Tyler Junior College has announced its 4th annual Arts Festival, to be held throughout the month of April on the TJC main campus.

The festival is a collaboration of “The Bell Tower Arts Journal,” International Day, Tyler Museum of Art, and the TJC departments of art, music, theater, speech, dance and visual communications.
All of the events are open to the public, but tickets are required for some events.

Student involvement is key to the festival’s success; and each year, a competition is held among TJC students, to create an original Arts Festival logo. This year’s winner was Yara Jones, an art major from Tyler.

The festival will offer performances, exhibits, student film screenings, guest speakers, and more at various times and locations across the TJC campus and at the Tyler Museum of Art.

“This is our fourth annual, month-long celebration of the TJC Festival of the Arts and it’s better than ever, thanks to our outstanding faculty and students,” said Dr. Linda Gary, dean of the TJC School of Humanities, Communications and Fine Arts and an Arts Festival organizer.

“Once again, we are partnering with our good friends at the Tyler Museum of Art to provide some remarkable experiences, and CBS19 is generously helping us to spread the word as our media sponsor. So, come to the TJC Cultural Arts District and prepare to be dazzled!”

Gary said the TJC Arts Festival offers something from each of the areas of TJC’s Cultural Arts District, including musicians, singers, dance, art and a play.

A few of the featured events include:
• Coffee House recitals at noon each Wednesday, at Tyler Museum of Art, featuring a different musical group each week
• DanceFest featuring “Sleeping Beauty,” 7 p.m. Friday, April 6; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 8, in Wise Auditorium
• “Hearing Each Other: Tolerance and Interfaith Dialogue,” a Distinguished Lecture Series panel discussion with Rabbi Neal Katz of Congregation Beth El, Anwar Khalifa of East Texas Islamic Society, and the Rev. Ginger Brandt of First Christian Church, 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, in Wise Auditorium
• “Hamlet,” Theatre TJC’s final production of the 2017-18 season, set Wednesday-Saturday, April 25-28, in Jean Browne Theatre

Attendance is free to all events except for DanceFest and “Hamlet,” which require tickets. DanceFest tickets are on sale now at, and “Hamlet” tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 18, in the TJC Box Office.

For a complete listing of Arts Festival events and times, go to

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