Category Archives: Arts Fest

Brazos Gallery Presents: Sankofa Selected Works from the African American Museum, Dallas

Brazos Gallery and HPFA would like to invite you to view Sankofa: Selected works from the African American Museum, Dallas. Our Gallery Director John Spriggins has selected 25 paintings, drawings, and prints from the museum’s collection in observance of Black History Month. The exhibition includes noteworthy artists Roy Ferdinand, Clementine Hunter, Willard “The Texas Kid” Watson, and Horace Foxall. There will be a reception on Wednesday Feb 8th from 12-1pm. John will be giving a brief talk about the African American Museum and it collections, along with some insight into his selection of the exhibited works.

Americana: Arts Fest 2015

We’ve been hosting Arts Fest since 2012. It’s a collaboration between different Humanities disciplines. Each year we highlight an aspect of the Humanities department. In the past we’ve had a theatre performance or a dance performance. This year we’re highlighting the visual arts with an outdoor poppy installation around Fannin Hall: The Blood of Texas Heroes. The theme this year is Americana. That’s the inspiration behind this year’s Arts Fest.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, November 10th

  • 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Professor Aditi Samarth Lecture on Social Realism in Russia — Room SH 118
  • 11:30 a.m. – Dramatic reading — Advising Hallway
  • 12:30 p.m. – Choral ensemble (60-70 people on stage) – Fannin Performance Hall

Wednesday, November 11th

  • 10:30 a.m. – Tour of Fannin building and poppy installation
  • 11 a.m. – Dedication, opening ceremony: Jazz singer performs the National Anthem
    Interpretive performance by the RLC Dance department
  • 11:30 a.m. – RLC Wind ensemble concert — Cafeteria stage
  • 12:30 p.m. – Tentative Donor Lunch/Lecture Room C140
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Professor Clive Siegle and Louis Parrot Lecture on the History of Poppies – Room SH117

Thursday, November 12th

  • 11:30 a.m. – Dramatic reading – Advising Hallway Interpretive pieces


Richland College Theatre Presents: Comes the Storm

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CTS_Poster[1][1]Comes the Storm is an original Texas crime drama written by Richland Theatre Chair – Andy Long.  Set in a small run down bar in southeast Texas, Comes the Storm tells the story of a group of down on their luck people who accidentally come into a large sum of money that doesn’t belong to them.  As an ice storm grips the town, virtually shutting off contact with the outside world, the individual who the money belongs to comes to claim it.  Those in the bar are faced with a dilemma – do they keep the money not knowing the consequences of their actions, or do they give it back.  Rated R for profanity and violence, Comes the Storm will perform at Richland October 6-10 and then travel to represent the College in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Texas State competition at Grayson College in Denison performing on October 16 at 8 PM.

Richland College Arts Fest ‘Moonstruck’ Celebrates All Things Lunar

Layout 1Richland College will be looking to the night sky when it presents “Moonstruck,” the 2014 Richland Arts Fest, Nov. 3-7.

“The theme ‘Moonstruck’ is about the cultural celebrations of the moon and the madness the moon inspires,” said Jennifer Rose, Richland College art faculty member. “We’re hoping visitors will not only have a great time, but that they’ll also come away with a greater sense of the moon’s importance throughout history and in current pop culture.”

Some of the festival’s highlight events include:

On Nov. 3, Humanities faculty member Aditi Samarth will be displaying student projects about mourning rituals in other cultures. Lois Parrot, Ph.D., Richland College’s 2013-2014 Excellence in Teaching honoree, will also give an informal lecture about the crescent moon in art.

1380833_10151954467281240_1572225745_nOn Nov. 4, visitors can get their faces painted in the style of calavera candy skulls that are used during the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday. In the east breezeway, the crowd is invited to participate in a spontaneous tap and modern dance performance.

On Nov. 5, the Richland College String Orchestra will be performing in the cafeteria. Participants are also welcome to give back and donate blood for the American Red Cross during the Harvest Moon Blood Drive.

The highlight of the Nov. 6 events is the full moon viewing party when the sun goes down. The art department and science department will host the party.

Moonstruck will culminate on Nov. 7 with a samurai sword fight and two performances of the “Moonstruck” dance performance at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m., featuring dance students, faculty, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, guest choreographer Jamie Thompson and guest tap dancer Sean Smith.

Richland College’s social media channels are also hosting two contests that will run throughout the week: the “Crater-Quest Scavenger Hunt” and the “Man in the Moon Photo Contest.”

All Moonstruck events are free and open to the public. To learn more about Moonstruck and see a full schedule of events, visit To participate in the contests, visit or more information on how to enter.


Richland College Partners with Woodbridge Neighborhood for “Moonstruck at Woodbridge” Event

Layout 1Richland College is partnering with Woodbridge, a neighborhood adjacent to the campus, to host “Moonstruck at Woodbridge,” an outdoor art exhibition created by Richland College art students, Oct. 25 from 2-5 p.m. at the intersection of Shadow Way and Woodlake Drive.

The artwork highlighted at “Moonstruck at Woodbridge” will involve painted wood surfaces, clay and wood sculptures. A jury of Woodbridge residents will award three scholarship prizes totaling $700 to participating students who show exemplary achievement in 2D and 3D art categories.

“We are so excited to partner with the Woodbridge homeowners association for this unique event and showcase some amazing artwork created by our talented art students,” said Jennifer Rose, Richland College humanities faculty visiting scholar. “We are really looking forward to this event and cultivating an ongoing relationship between Richland College and the Woodbridge community.”

The event will be in conjunction with the 2014 Richland College Arts Fest, taking place Nov. 3-7 on campus. The theme for the festival is “Moonstruck,” and it will focus on cultural celebrations of the full moon and the madness that the moon inspires.

For information on the 2014 Richland College Arts Fest, contact Jennifer Rose at To keep up-to-date on Woodbridge and “Moonstruck at Woodbridge,” follow @WoodbridgeHOA on Twitter.


Celebrate Moon Madness with Richland Dance Program’s Moonstruck









The Richland College Dance Program presents “Moonstruck” at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on November 7, 2014 in Fannin Performance Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

“Moonstruck” involves student and faculty performance and choreography in a variety of genres including contemporary modern, ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop dance styles. Original pieces are created by dance faculty Cheryl Callon, Julie Rowley and Gina Sawyer, Richland College dance director. The company guest choreographer is Jamie Thompson. Guest performers include Dallas Black Dance Theatre II under the direction of Nycole Ray, and Sean Smith.

Explore the allure and mystery of the magical moon this fall with Richland Dance Program’s “Moonstruck”.  Join us to celebrate moon madness on November 7! For more information, call 972-238-3775. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas.

Guest Choreographer:

Jamie Thompson

Jamie Thompson

From Belize, Central America, Jamie Thompson is a graduate of Belhaven University (Jackson, Mississippi) where he received his B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. He received additional training from Belize National Dance Company and Dramatic Forces School of Dance. His previous dance experience includes serving as dancer, choreographer and teacher for Belize National Dance Company and dancing with Talk Dance Company of Jackson, Mississippi. Mr. Thompson recently danced with the internationally acclaimed Dallas Black Dance Theatre (Aug 2010- May 2014). He has directed and choreographed four productions for the Rotary Club of Belize, benefitting The Gift of Life Program. His special community interests include working with organizations that work for the betterment and development of youth. Mr. Thompson is passionate about education and artistic excellence.

Guest Artists:

Nycole Ray

Nycole Ray

Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, directed by Nycole Ray, consists of 10 aspiring artists from around the nation. Since its inception, Dallas Black Dance Theatre II has grown in popularity and thrilled audiences with its fresh allure. Dallas Black Dance Theatre II provides an opportunity for young artists to develop their dance skills while serving the Dallas/Ft. Worth community and touring across the nation with dance performances of the highest artistic quality.

Sean Smith

Sean Smith

A proud Canadian, Sean Smith grew up dancing in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mr. Smith received his training from the Goh Ballet Academy, Ballet British Columbia, and The Ailey School. Sean has performed with Mascall Dance (Vancouver), Ballet Creole (Toronto), and Bruce Wood Dance Project (Dallas). Currently in his 5th season with Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Sean has performed roles choreographed by Christopher Huggins, Talley Beatty, and Alvin Ailey. Also a budding choreographer, Sean has used his uniquely clever and often comedic sensibilities to create works both locally and abroad to critical acclaim. Sean is thrilled and honored to be a part of Rhythmic Souls and hopes to continue to inspire through the art of tap dance.

Bitten Arts Fest provides taste of otherworldly traditions
Bitten Arts Fest concluded with the spooky "Mourn the Monster" funeral parade and flash mob.

Bitten Arts Fest concluded with the spooky “Mourn the Monster” funeral parade and flash mob.

Richland College celebrated the traditions and beliefs about death and the supernatural through “Bitten,” the 2013 Richland Arts Fest.

The festival honored cultures including Mexico, the Caribbean and New Orleans with events such as musical performances, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) face painting, sugar skull decorating and a New Orleans-style jazz funeral parade that transformed into a vampire flash mob.

“Bitten was a fantastic success,” said Jen Rose, event organizer and Richland College ceramics professor. “This event really grabbed students’ attention and increased awareness of the arts at Richland College.”

“Bitten” was a collaboration of several areas of study within Richland College’s School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, including music, dance, art, ceramics, history and theatre.

The festival continues with the world premiere on Oct. 17 of “Fire & Blood,” a musical by Andy Long and Adam C. Wright. This haunting re-imagining of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” is set in modern day New Orleans. “Fire & Blood” is recommended for mature audiences. Admission is free. Visit for show times and dates.

Ms. Rose said she hopes “Bitten” piqued the interest of students who are not arts majors and those who are not yet students at Richland College.

“In each arts field, students who take those classes learn skills they can use in other areas of study,” she said. “For example, in ceramics, we teach 3-D and spatial reasoning. We teach problem solving and critical thinking. When you’re asked to create something out of nothing but a bag of clay, that’s 100 percent problem solving. The arts are a surprising way to reinforce some of those skills that are most needed by today’s employers.”

The creep goes on…

The nightmare continues with day two of Bitten: 2013 Richland College Arts Fest!

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Highlights included the Cup of Blood Scavenger Hunt, art demonstrations, mask making, eerie performances by Richland College’s String Orchestra and Steel Drum band, and an über creepy lecture on “The Undead” by Professor Sara Cardona.

Join us Wednesday for more terror as you feel the “vampire’s kiss” at the blood drive, search for the Cup of Blood, wear the colors of the Dia de los Muertos and finish the day with the spectacularly spooky “Mourn the Monster” jazz-style funeral parade. You won’t believe your eyes!

The search begins!

The quest to find the Cup of Blood has begun. Each day of Bitten: 2013 Richland College Arts Fest, unique tumbers made by the Richland College Ceramics faculty members are hidden across campus.

Congratulations to these brave souls who found the cups today. But the hunt’s not over!

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Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., a new set of clues will be posted on Richland’s FacebookInstagram and Twitter feeds. Follow the clues, find a cup and post a selfie of you and the cup to Richland’s Instagram page and you will be entered into a drawing for a Bitten prize package!

Are you brave enough to join tomorrow’s Cup of Blood search???