Big Art Day is a spring arts festival produced in collaboration with the Garland Cultural Arts Commission, Inc., Garland Independent School District, and Visit Garland with support from the City of Garland.
Big Art Day celebrates and showcases artists and the arts in Garland. Visitors to Big Art Day can view and purchase work at the Art Market, explore exhibits at Granville Arts Center, participate in interactive hands-on crafts for kids, and enjoy live entertainment.
Highlights of the outdoor art education event will include:
- THE COLOR CONDITION
Art installation by Sunny Sliger and Marianne Newsome. Immerse yourself in color with a stunning display of patterns, texture and movement.
- ART CAR EXHIBIT
Remember the late ’60s jingle “Garland is Carland”? Get ready to view automotive attractions on display for a car show beyond your wildest imaginations. Cartists from around the state and beyond will display their funky art pieces on four wheels.
- ART MARKET
Explore artwork and handmade goods from local artists, representing a variety of disciplines including painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, wood and metal work.
- LIVE MUSIC AND DANCE PERFORMANCES
There will be an outdoor stage featuring world beats from Baba Yaga Orkestra and Idania, including performances from Garland Independent School District ensembles.
- GISD TAKE & MAKE
The beloved Take & Make from years past is back! Artists of all ages will enjoy a variety of art and craft activities hosted by Garland ISD Fine Arts.
- OUT-OF-THE-BOX DUMPSTER BEAUTIFICATION
See artists in action as they transform Downtown dumpsters into oversized artworks. These uniquely painted projects beautify our Downtown and show community pride.
BIG ART AT THE GARLAND LIBRARIES
- TINY ART SHOW
The South Garland Branch Library will host an afternoon of painting at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, for ages 6 through 17. Participants will create art on a 3-by-3-inch canvas to display in a Tiny Art Show from Tuesday, March 28, to Saturday, April 8. Registration is required and limited to 50 participants. Registration begins Saturday, March 11. Call 972-205-3934 to register.
- COMMUNITY ART DISPLAY
Families may drop in to the Walnut Creek Branch Library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1, and contribute to a CommUNITY Art display. Participants will trace outlines of their hands then decorate them with markers for a display to celebrate kindness, friendship and unity.
- PAINTED FEATHERS
Families may visit the North Garland Branch Library from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, and paint feathers with watercolors. The painted feathers will be mounted and included in a sculpture designed to look like wings.
- DOWNTOWN EVENT
Adults ages 18 and older can stop by the Central Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1, and paint their own 3-by-3-inch canvas.
BIG ART AFTER DARK
After the sun sets, continue the fun late into the night at Big Art After Dark from 5 to 10 p.m.
- NIGHT MARKET
Join us behind Main Street for a very special Night Market. Urban Market has curated a selection of arts and crafts from local vendors and artisans that are sure to delight!
- SHAOLIN JAZZ – BRUCE LEE’S “ENTER THE DRAGON”
It’s a martial arts film screening with a mixtape twist! Audiences of all ages will groove to the beats of funk, classic hip-hop and rock with Gerald Watson and DJ Two Tone at the turntable for a live scene-by-scene score of Bruce Lee’s classic film.
- COMMUNITY MURAL
Colors pop, splatter and swirl with a fun interactive community painting project at 506 Art.