Incorporated in 1986, the Galveston Arts Center (GAC) is an independent nonprofit organization that showcases innovative contemporary art.

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Sunday: 12 – 5pm
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GAC's Art for All educational outreach includes an assortment of off-site programs that promote wellness in our community’s underserved populations by encouraging adults and children at partner sites to explore the creative process in a guided and encouraging environment.

Partner Sites:

ADA House, or The Alcohol/Drug Abuse Women’s Center, provides licensed intensive and transitional treatment for medically indigent women in coastal Texas. The residential program offers occupational therapy including artistic/creative outlets and life skills training. Most residents are in treatment for approximately 28 days.
Ronald McDonald House is a “home away from home” for the families of children who are receiving medical treatment. Resident families enjoy comfortable surroundings and the support of other families, staff and volunteers. GAC’s weekly art activities are designed for both the resident children and their families. Activities presented allow the children and their parents to interact, think creatively, and take their minds off of their immediate situation.

Sunshine Center is a day-habilitation program for adults with developmental disabilities. Their programs focus on a variety of personal goals and objectives to assist individuals in the acquisition, retention, and improvement of adaptive skills necessary for continued community living.

UTMB Children's Hospital is a newly renovated facility within John Sealy Hospital at UTMB and provides in-patient care to children from within and well beyond Galveston county. GAC works closely with the hospital's Child Life program and student volunteers each week, offering diversionary art activities for patients and their family members in common areas and right at their bedside.

The Resource and Crisis Center (RCC) provides shelter and social services for victims of domestic violence. GAC teaching artists provide weekly opportunities for the children at the shelter to express themselves creatively and emotionally while allowing time for mothers to access other services that RCC offerse.

The Transitional Learning Center (TLC) specializes in rehabilitation programs for persons with acquired traumatic brain injuries. Recreational therapy programs include GAC's weekly art activities, which focus on individual goals and needs, improving quality of life and maximizing functional, social and motor skills.

TideWay is TLC's residential facility for patients in need of long-term care. Residents enjoy weekly artmaking activities with GAC teaching artists in addition to gardening, aqua-therapy and other enrichment programs.

Previously Offered:

Galveston County Senior Citizens’ Center Program is a combined effort between GAC and the Senior Citizens’ Center that provides art classes on fundamentals and techniques specifically targeted to the frail elderly attending this multipurpose facility. By bringing art education into this environment, these seniors benefit from an opportunity to challenge their minds and increase motor skills. Program on hold until facility reopens

Galveston Island Family Crisis Center, a division of The Children’s Center, Inc., allows homeless parents to avoid separation from their children during the crisis of homelessness, and provides shelter for older homeless youth ages 18 to 21. In addition to emergency shelter, they provide food, clothing and supportive services that include counseling and parent education. GAC’s program offers resident children some much needed one-on-one attention and a positive environment that encourages creative expression and exposure to new ideas. Classes also provide parents with ideas on how to incorporate art into their own households.

Galveston Multicultural Institute, also a division of the Children’s Center, works with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement, providing assistance to unaccompanied minors from other countries who are at high risk of being exploited through human trafficking. Outreach programs at this location are bi-lingual and focus on basic skills and art making methods while also giving participants an encouraging environment for self expression and recognition of their talents

Libbie’s Place Senior Day Program serves adults age 55 and older who may have decreased physical and/or cognitive functioning, memory impairment, depression or loneliness. Participants are encouraged to stimulate their creative abilities and enhance their motor skills.

Rosenberg Library Summer Reading Program Working in collaboration with the Rosenberg Library, GAC provides an artist instructor to conduct weekly art workshops at the library in conjunction with their summer reading program aimed at children between 4 and 12 years old. Recent projects such as creating treasure maps tied into the library’s theme, “Sail Away with Books.”

St. Vincent's House Program is designed to provide art and art education activities for at-risk children at a neighborhood community center. Group projects are encouraged to promote cooperation and communal effort, while advancing individual creativity and developing skills. This program is part of St. Vincent’s pre-K day care facility to an underserved at-risk community.