Texas State Parks - Arts in the Parks

Holmes kid artWelcome to the newest program at Texas State Parks! We can’t think of more stunning locales than Texas' state parks, historic sites, and natural areas, to inspire you to express your creative focus through art, photography, writing, videography or music.

The goal of the Arts in the Parks program is to provide many diverse opportunities for everyone to get outside, use their imagination, and connect with Texas State Parks through the arts.

We invite you to explore our new initiatives outlined below, and visit this website often. We will continue to offer fun, exciting new initiatives as the arts program continues to grow. 

Enter the "Get to Know" Texas State Parks Youth Arts Contest!

Texas State Parks is proud to partner with the "Get to Know" program, whose mission is to inspire connections between children and nature through the creative arts. The "Get to Know" Texas State Parks Youth Arts Contest runs from May1st - November 1st. The contest invites youth (ages 19 years and younger) to get outside, visit a Texas State Park, and create original works of art, writing, photography, videography and music inspired by nature. Prizes include digital and underwater cameras, camcorders, art supplies, bincoulars, fishing rods, writing supplies and more. All creative works of art will be displayed in the Texas State Parks Gallery. Find out how to enter your creative works in the "Get to Know" Contest! 

Connect ... Create ... Celebrate!

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Arts Events in the Parks

Visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Calendar of Events to find cool, exciting arts events in parks near you.

Educational Resources

Need some help? The "Get to Know" program provides free, downloadable resources for park-based art activities, including best practices, lesson plans, games, and the Art in the Park Guide. 

Whether you're a teacher, parent, or park staff member, there are lots of great ideas here for fun-filled arts activities you can do with kids in your parks!

Coming Soon ...

Several new initiatives will be released throughout this year to include artistic instructions held at State Parks, artist in residency programs, digital photography workshops for kids and adults, Junior Ranger arts activities, and many more experiences to engage the artist in you.

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