Street fair to showcase TJC Cultural Arts District

Tyler Junior College has added a street fair to its annual Arts Festival schedule.

Set from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 27, on the TJC main campus, the family-friendly event will feature music and theatrical performances, workshops, dance, art and food. Admission is free.

“Our Cultural Arts District is a hidden gem, and we thought inviting the community to a street fair would be a great way to show them what we have to offer,” said TJC Theater Facilities Director Bryce McWilliams, who is spearheading the event.

Mahon Street, which runs between Wise Cultural Arts and Tyler Museum of Art, will be blocked off for the fair, which will include art vendors and exhibitors including TJC students, faculty and staff, as well as an outdoor stage for music and theater performances.

Food trucks will also have food, beverages and snacks available for purchase.

Theatre TJC’s final production of the year – the all-female NASCAR comedy, “Vrooommm!” – will be on stage in Jean Browne Theatre at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. in Jean Browne Theatre. For tickets, call the TJC Box Office at 903-510-2212.

TJC’s vocal group Harmony & Understanding will present “City of Stars,” a showcase of popular music, at 4 p.m. in Wise Auditorium. The group is under the direction of Dr. Eric Posada. Admission is free.

The Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC will host dome shows throughout the day. The TJC theater department and science center will also collaborate on a reading of the play “Silent Sky,” at 7 p.m. in the science center dome theater.

In “Silent Sky,” playwright Lauren Gunderson reveals the true story of Henrietta Leavitt, an astronomer ahead of her time. In 1900, Leavitt had the opportunity to work at Harvard University as a human computer, one of Dr. Edward Pickering's “harem” who mapped the stars but received no scientific credit for their work. For ticket info, go to sciencecenter.tjc.edu.

For more information on TJC Arts Festival events, go to TJC.edu/ArtsFestival.

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