MINEOLA LEAGUE OF THE ARTS
“Mineola League of the Arts (MLOTA) began February 25, 1988, when 17 charter members envisioned a way to promote interest in all forms of art, provide a place to encourage and display art and to perform that art.
In 1990, the rental of the old Central Elementary School Building to house MLOTA was a big boost to this dream of bringing the arts to our community. Then, 1992, The Meredith Foundation provided MLOTA a grant to purchase this building from the school district and later
provided additional funds for exterior and interior renovations. The dream had burst into bloom!
Guilds were formed to emphasize particular types of arts and interests: Fiber, Painters, Music, Theatre, Writers, Toastmasters, Photography, Clogging and Aerobics. Of these guilds there remains to this day: Fiber/Crafts, Line Dance, Painters, and Quilters.
Besides a tremendous variety of workshops, demonstrations and programs provided through the years by individual guilds, one of the most notable efforts of the League is the annual Kaleidoscope Kids Art Camp. This began in 1991 and each summer for one week, experienced
teachers and volunteers hold an excellent comprehensive arts program for children. Arts of a specific culture are taught, this enabling the students to learn about themselves and others through the hands-on experience.
Two annual art shows provide the multi-gifted members of MLOTA and artists from all over East Texas an opportunity to present their works to the community. The Fine Art Show held in May has grown to a three-day juried show and now completely fills the building. Monetary
awards and ribbons are given at a formal reception the evening before the show opens to the public. The annual Quilt Celebration also fills the building in the month of October. This two day event brings quilters young and old from all over the region.
The League participates in many civic festivals and projects throughout the year with demonstrations of cultural and artistic endeavors -
even painting “scars and wounds” during the Halloween Block Party.
MLOTA has conducted several fund raising events over the years, which not only assist in raising the much needed funds to keep such a large building operational, but also help bring the arts to our community and widen the available cultural fields. The Annual Holiday Bazaar and
Luncheon in November gets us into the spirit for the holidays as members provide handmade items for sell to benefit the League.
These many and varied activities sponsored by MLOTA are designed to include young and old, man and female, and all cultural and socio-economic groups. The arts are basic and ultimately,
the most important value is in their very existence and being.
May we as members of MLOTA continue to strive to achieve the goals of this organization, the purpose as outlined and the vision of those courageous 17 original charter members.”
Photography: Lisa Moss
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