Smithville's Richard D. Latham Cultural District
In 2013, the City of Smithville partnered with the Lost Pines Artisans' Alliance to apply to become a Cultural District through the Texas Commission on the Arts (read the full Cultural District Application and watch the accompanying Video). On September 5, 2013, the Richard D. Latham Cultural District was designated the 25th such community, and has been growing its programming ever since. This designation illustrates Smithville's welcoming attitude towards art and culture, and opens the door to many funding opportunities.
Per TCA requirements, Smithville's Richard D. Latham Cultural District hosts a public meeting or workshop at least twice per fiscal year -- usually in October/November and April/May to prepare for the TCA grant funding cycle.
In Fall of 2015, the Smithville City Council, Lost Pines Artisans' Association, and Cultural District Steering Committee adopted the Cultural District Business Plan to set goals, highlight partnerships, and provide a framework for additional action items.
To see some of the projects and progress that the Cultural District has made over the years, check out the Richard D. Latham Cultural District website!
Your support helps to make it possible to do even more projects than the City, LPAA, or grant funds can do on their own. Click here to sponsor a Cultural District Project.
Cultural District: FY 2023-24
Help select the public art projects for Smithville in FY 2023-24
Check out the FY 2023-24 Public Art Project Memo explaining the Longstanding projects, TCA Grant-funded projects and proposals, and proposals from artists.
Vote on your favorite projects at Survey Monkey before 5PM on Tuesday, 11/7.
For more information, contact Jill Strube at 512-237-3282 x 2109.
|22-23 Youth Banner Projects
|2023 Welcome Sign Project
|2023 Banners on the Bridge Project
|2023 Make/Do Week Project
Welcome Sign at Loop 230 and Hill Road
The City of Smithville, Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce, and Keep Smithville Beautiful are partnering to replace the Welcome sign at Loop 230 and Hill using funding from the St. David's Foundation. After the Call for Artists was completed and a project was selected, "Unity in Bloom," the artist had to withdraw from the project, but she agreed to let the City keep the project. Janus Lee helped to coordinate this project, working with the community to create some very beautiful artwork. The Lost Pines Artisans' Alliance took up the mantle during the second part of August to take it across the finish line. The sign should be installed in early November. Watch for information about the Artists' Show featuring all of the flowers that were submitted for this project. Read the original proposal, "Unity in Bloom," as it was submitted and accepted by the City.
Call for Artists Selection Complete - a Summary Report
Please click on the link to read the full report on the 2023 Art Bridging Community 2.0 Project.
Smithville Cultural District Public Meetings / Workshops
April, 2020 -- Canceled due to COVID-19
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CITY OFFICES WILL RE-OPEN @ 8:00 AM ON 1/17/24
The CITY OF SMITHVILLE OFFICES will be OPEN tomorrow (Wednesday, January 17, 2024) at 8:00 am. The Smithville ISD has also announced they will resume...read more >
CITY OFFICES CLOSED ON 1/16/24 DUE TO THE WINTER WEATHER
The CITY OF SMITHVILLE OFFICES will be CLOSED on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. Smithville ISD announced they will be canceling classes tomorrow. &...read more >