Tea at the Heard-Craig HouseIf you haven't had a chance to visit the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts, it truly is a must-visit when in McKinney. Executive Director Karen Zupanic shared a recent blog post with us. An excerpt of it is below:

A few years ago, the City of McKinney was voted the "Best Place to Live in America" by Money Magazine. Today, it remains a bustling center with beautiful, historic homes around it. It is the very best place to spend a day.

Just off the square, behind the Convention and Visitor's Bureau Visitors Center, is the crown jewel of the area - the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts. The Center boasts a large regional art collection that is available for school groups and scholarly projects. The Center has regular events and tours, open to the public, and several of the arts and literary groups welcome new members to their organizations.

To read the entire blog post and explore their website, click HERE.

This Smithsonian Affiliate museum regularly hosts incredible exhibits and events. Events scheduled for the remainder of 2021 are:

  • Art Meets Floral (Sept. 25-26): The Heard-Craig Center's signature Art Meets Floral is a fundraiser for the organization featuring local artists' paintings paired with local florist designs that reflect the paintings. Taking place during Oktoberfest in downtown McKinney, the $15 tickets are available online.
  • Picturing Women Inventors exhibit"Picturing Women Inventors" (Sept. 28-Nov. 19): This special Smithsonian Exhibit highlights the accomplishments of many important and interesting women of our modern times. The series is open to the public and all are welcome.
  • Granddaughter Tea (Oct. 10): Highlights include social life, dinners, luncheons, teas, parties, and holiday festivities. Reservations required.
  • Tea & Conversation (Dec. 8): This Christmas Music Concert always sells out, so get tickets early. Watch the museum website for tickets to go on sale.

Art History Lecture Series - Monthly on Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

  • October: The Gothic in American Art
  • November: Site-Specific and Environmental Art
  • December: The Nativity in Renaissance Art