In the summer of 1958, a group of Temple citizens know as the City Women’s Federation began what would become a moving force in the local arts and entertainment community for central Texas. A three day festival celebrating the arts became what is known today as the Cultural Activities Center.
Nora Lee Mayhew (Mrs. R.E.) Wendland, then president of the City Women’s Federation, and Raye Virginia McCreary (Mrs. H.K.) Allen, chairman of the City Federation’s Cultural Arts Committee that organized the 1958 arts festival, were the co-founders. Incorporated on July 10, 1958, the CAC was one of the first arts councils in the nation to be combined with facilities for the performing and visual arts.
Over the next 60 years, the CAC and its programs grew with the support of both the area’s notables and the common population. From visual arts to live performances, the CAC has given us an outlet for the desire for culture and community.
Renovations have been underway since January to upgrade the performing arts hall with new wider seating, more leg room, and interior upgrades. All are slated to be complete by the end of February.
With 2018 being the year for their 60th anniversary the Cultural Activities Center has a wide variety of arts to share. From an outstanding line-up for their annual Texas Music Series and other live performances to a wide ranging variety of educational art classes, the CAC is pulling out all the stops this year. There’s even planning for a birthday festival in the works.
And June 9th CenTexFun.com joins the CAC in welcoming Ian Moore to the Texas Music Series stage as title sponsor of the evening!
More details coming soon…..