Downtown San Angelo, Inc. is proud to announce a new collaboration with Art In Uncommon Places.
The Pop Art Museum is being created at 125 W. Twohig Ave. For nearly 40 years, the building located at 125 West Twohig Avenue has served as a remnant of the businesses in the area that have fallen victim to the toll of time. Since its construction in 1946 as The Bowling Center, the location has seen tragedy, multiple owners, and various names. In 1952 it was struck by lightning and rebuilt in 1955 as the San Angelo Bowl. Four years later in 1959, the bowling alley once again transferred ownership and was renamed Star Lanes, a title which continues to serve as a reference to the once popular downtown spot. While the history of the location seems unfortunate, it will soon take on a new life thanks to local nonprofit organization Art in Uncommon Places.
The space is in the works of clearing out leftover debris from the vacant lot for the new downtown attraction: an open-air Pop art museum. With some time and TLC, the founders of Art in Uncommon Places intend to establish the former Star Lanes as a creative hot spot for locals and tourists to visit. Over 30 artists have collectively dedicated themselves to this project and the filling of the 24-hour, open-air gallery. The theme of Pop art is best described through the works of San Angelo’s own James Gill, contemporary of Andy Warhol and a prominent artist within the original movement. Art in Uncommon Places is excited to once again create a major art venue and attraction within downtown San Angelo. They hope to debut the Pop art museum in November.
If you are interested in covering the development of the Pop Art Museum, please contact Downtown San Angelo, Inc. at 325-655-2345 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
About Downtown San Angelo Inc.
Established in 2004, Downtown San Angelo, Inc. was formed by a group of 35 individuals who were dedicated to downtown revitalization. In November 2005, the organization was granted membership in the Main Street Program. This program is a major effort by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to provide assistance to cities whose older central business districts are seeking to retain some vestige of their visual character and whose economic position is slipping. The premise of this program is that economic revitalization can take place within the context of historic preservation.
About Art in Uncommon Places
Art in Uncommon Places (AIUP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in August 2006 by retired art teachers. Julie Raymond and Joy Thomas lead the creative vision for the public art. AIUP’s 6,000 sqft headquarters is located in the Cultural Art District of San Angelo, Texas. Since its founding, AIUP has played an integral role in the development of underserved, urban communities with highly-visible art installations. To this day, AIUP has collaborated with an overwhelming amount of local artists, volunteers, businesses, city officials and community members to produce and donate over 100 prominent art features throughout San Angelo and the Concho Valley. AIUP is known for its eccentric and creative style, pairing the most uncommon and unusual material, people, and geography together.