TAEA 1997: A GUIDE FOR CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS
Fort Worth, Texas, welcomes the 1997 TAEA Conference on November 5-9, and
invites participants to explore and enjoy the many sites and
activities of the area. This year's conference will be held at
the Worthington Hotel (200 Main Street), conveniently located
within historic Sundance Square. Named after one of its early
visitors (the Sundance Kid), Sundance Square is located in a
renovated part of downtown Fort Worth just a few blocks south of
where the original city was established in 1849.
Reservations for the Worthington may be made by calling
817-654-2211 or 817-870-1000. Room rates begin at $98.00 per
night for double occupancy.
The TAEA conference will present four exemplary speakers from the
world of art . The four include two widely-respected Texas
artists, a Texas university art educator, and a museum educator
from New York. Philip Yenawine, former Director of Education at
the Museum of Modern Art in New York, will open the conference at
the first general session on Friday, November 6, from 9:00-10:30.
Texas sculptor Jesus Moroles, recent subject of an ArtsEdNet
online exhibition and discussion on the Internet, will be the
featured speaker on the same day at 12:00 at the opening
luncheon. Texas artist Melissa Miller, an Austin-based painter,
will speak at the general session on Saturday from 9:00-10:30,
and Dr. Dennis Fehr, author of Dogs Playing Cards: Powerbrokers
of Prejudice in Education, Art, and Culture will speak at the
final general session from 9:30-11:00 on Sunday morning.
Within easy walking distance of the Conference Hotel are art
museums, theaters, historic buildings, a variety of restaurants,
and shopping. Sundance Square is busy all day and into the night.
Conference participants can enjoy The Sid Richardson Collection
of Western Art (309 Main Street), home to an assortment of
Remingtons and Russells) or the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Sundance Square Annex (410 Houston Street), offering
mini-exhibits of the Modern's collection and a large gift shop.
Those who would like to take in a live performance can attend an
African-American production at the Jubilee Theater (506 Main
Street), see a play at the Circle Theater (230 West 4th Street),
or sample a musical at Casa on the Square (109 East 3rd Street).
The Caravan of Dreams (312 Houston Street), easily identified by
its rooftop grotto and cactus dome, showcases diverse music as
well as mainstream and experimental theater. Call the individual
theaters for venue, times, and ticket information.
To the north of Sundance Square is the beautifully restored
Tarrant County Courthouse (100 E. Weatherford) and its adjacent
tromp l'eoil addition. The Fire Station Number 1 Museum (2nd and
Commerce Streets) showcases The 150 Years of Fort Worth
exhibition and continues with a tour of the area.
Under construction is the Bass Performance Hall on Commerce
Street which will soon be home to the performing arts in Fort
Worth. The building's exterior architecture and sculpture are
noteworthy and not to be missed. No walking tour of Sundance
Square is complete without seeing The Chisolm Trail Mural painted
on the entire side of a building located at 3rd and Main Streets.
A partial list of restaurants and cafes in the Sundance Square
vicinity include menus that should appeal to any and all tastes.
Mi Cocina (509 Main Street) and Juanita's (115 West 2nd Street)
specialize in Mexican food. Razzoo's (318 Main Street) serves
Cajun while Riscky's (300 Main Street) has barbecue. The Cactus
Bar and Grill at the Radisson Plaza (815 Main Street) offers a
Southwest menu. For steak dinners, try Reata's (5th and
Throckmorton on the 35th floor of the Bank One Building) or Del
Frisco's Double Eagle (812 Main Street). Java Creations (5th and
Taylor streets) and the Coffee Haus (404 Houston Street) provide
a place for a relaxing coffee break.
For shopping, try the new Fort Worth Outlet Square at 1st and 3rd
streets, Barnes and Noble Bookstore (with coffee shop) at 3rd and
Calhoun Street, or the Legacy Trading Post (500 Main Street) in
the Burk Burnett Building. Many other specialty stores and shops
are located within Sundance Square. These are but a few
highlights of downtown Fort Worth. Guided tours of Sundance
Square will be led by local TAEA members or you may feel free to
plan your own walking tour. Experience the charm and hospitality
of Fort Worth, where the West begins!
Nancy Walkup, Project Coordinator
North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
PO Box 305100, University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203
940/565-3986 FAX 940/565-4867