In the heart of Lubbock, Texas, art encapsulates passers-by, whether through public art installations or browsing local galleries and exhibitions. In “Hub City”, talent is formed through various media and is exposed 24/7. From the amazing sunsets that serve as a muse for many local artists, to the culture in the melting pot that makes up the community, artists and those who are beginning to dabble in the deeper meaning of each work will find that Lubbock is unexpected. Mecca of art and culture.
Headquartered at 511 Avenue K, LHUCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating and celebrating the visual, theatrical and literary arts by inspiring creativity and community involvement. Since its founding in 1997, LHUCA has been creating art in a variety of forms, including redesigning the empty Lubbock Fire Department building. Paying homage to its founder, the arts center was named after Louise Hopkins
As a focal point and catalyst for efforts to revitalize Lubbock city center, LHUCA inspired the rebirth of a district that was once the zero point of a natural disaster. Through many investments and efforts in the area, local entrepreneurs and visionaries have breathed new life into the area. This art campus features four art galleries, the 159-seat Firehouse Theater, the Clay Studio, the multi-purpose Christine DeVitt Icehouse, the Graffiti Education Building and an outdoor square for live music and outdoor events. Each LHUCA property has been renovated from former city buildings.
Every first Friday of the month for the last 15 years, thousands of people take to the streets in the city center to celebrate the local art community. As the host and epicenter of the First Friday Arts Trail (FFAT), LHUCA, or the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, spotlights shine on the work of renowned craftsmen, musicians and dancers. With food trucks, live music and much more, the art district is the place to be every first Friday.
LHUCA, a community partner, works with Lubbock artists, local school districts, Texas Tech University and many other organizations to provide arts education to Lubbock citizens. From home kits for elementary school students to courses offered at Clay Studio and the Graffiti Education Building, the center fulfills its mission to promote an environment that supports the arts throughout Lubbock. A full list of classes and learning experiences can be found on their website.
Together with FFAT, LHUCA organizes events throughout the year, such as the Flatland Film Festival, Artful Family Hours, affordable art sales and much more. Visit the events website for a complete list of upcoming events and follow @lhucalulbbock on social media to make sure you don’t miss an event!
Donate these art holidays! This is a thoughtful gesture that will let someone know that you have remembered them. It can be a neat ceramic mug or a thought-provoking image that touches you deeply. Whatever it is, Lubbock has no shortage of artisans who want to make your season a little brighter. Right now, the LHUCA art market is also available online at the center, which is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm