Art Sparks

ArtSparks is an art appreciation & visual literacy program designed by the Allen Arts Alliance.

Operating as usual


That Book Woman

Join us for a free family-friendly concert of music pulled from the setting of That Book Woman, one of the books in this year's ALLen Reads program at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 3 at a live event and also virtually at

You can count on rip roar-in' fiddle tunes that will have you dancing in the aisle and beautiful folk songs that will stay with you for days!

We're proud to feature two incredible guest artists. Fiddler Katrina Glaze will be playing selections from Mark O'Connor's virtuosic "Strings and Threads." Soprano Julie Strauser will bring the Appalachian hills to life with stunningly set folk tunes from the region.

The program will be rounded out with other fun fiddle tunes, including the Hoedown from Aaron Copland's "Rodeo" and Ashokan Farewell, famous from Ken Burns' "Civil War" mini-series.

This program is a collaboration between the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, Allen Public Library and the ALLen Reads program of the Friends of the Allen Public Library.

The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.


Photos from Blue House Too's post 09/12/2021

Photos from Blue House Too's post

Chalk the Walk - Saturday, October 2 09/11/2021

Chalk the Walk - Saturday, October 2

Chalk the Walk - Saturday, October 2 Free Family Fun!


Mark your calendars!


All the world is a canvas, right?! Our students are making art out of some "in progress" remodeling happening at AHS and we love it!



Congratulations to our Chalk the Trail winner!

We will be reaching out to the winner regarding their prize. Thank you to all who participated! To learn more about our upcoming Discover events, go here:


Check out this breathtaking artwork by '21 graduate Claire Tsui.

Claire's piece, titled "Metamorphosis," won 3rd place in the Texas Third Congressional District 2021 Art Competition. "Metamorphosis" will be on display for the next year in Congressman Van Taylor's Collin County office.


One week until Summer Reading Club starts on Monday, May 24 through READsquared! Earn points by logging your minutes read or book titles read. Complete the program to win fun prizes and a free book! Please visit our webpage for reading program requirements by age group and for more info:

Classes - Allen Arts Alliance 05/18/2021

Classes - Allen Arts Alliance

Summer camp for your budding artists!
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Classes - Allen Arts Alliance Allen Arts Alliance 2021 Summer Art Camps for Kids Summer Art Camp Fee $150/per student * fee includes ALL materials and a daily snack. **Limited to 10-12 students per camp. ***All...


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Allen High School

Looking for something fun to do Tuesday evening? Come check out Allen High School theatre's "Shakespeare in Hollywood"! This event is free, but reserve tickets are required to claim your seat. Grab yours at


Friends of the Allen Public Library

Simon Han will discuss his intriguing novel Nights When Nothing Happened at a free live virtual event, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11 at Submit questions until 8:30 p.m. that evening through [email protected]

TIME Magazine has selected this novel as one of their Best 50 for Fiction in 2020. TIME’s review noted, "Han asks a timely yet urgent question: Is it possible to feel truly safe in a place that wasn't made for you?”


Allen Public Library

Registration opens today for the Arts @ APL Sashiko Stitching program! Snag your spot today


Allen High School

We're proud to have Jorge Bocarando Blanco's artwork on display in the main hallway. Jorge graduated last year, but he created this amazing collection of student portraits for us to exhibit. There are seven pieces total, including a special Allen ISD centerpiece. Jorge's self-portrait is featured second.


Congratulations, Eagles!

Students in the Allen High School commercial photography and audio-visual programs brought home several awards from the 2020 Association of Texas Photography Instructors Fall Contest. More than 4500 entries from around the world were submitted online in the fall and judged during the winter break by a panel of collegiate faculty photographers and filmmakers.

Congratulations to these Allen students and faculty who won awards:

Sarah Cobb:
Advanced Travel, Honorable Mention, Sarah Cobb “Riverwalk Covid Edition”

Gaven Dean:
Advanced Thematic Video, 1st Place, Gaven Dean “Two Way Track”

Isabella Etheridge:
Advanced Architecture/City Scape, Honorable Mention, Isabella Etheridge “Downtown Dallas”
Advanced Travel, Honorable Mention, Isabella Etheridge “Epic Sunrise Selfie”

Diego Garcia:
Advanced Dramatic Short Film, 3rd Place, Diego Garcia “Mirrored Reflections by Santiago Garcia”

Rachel Garside:
Advanced Formal Portrait, 1st Place, Rachel Garside “Tear”

Lauren Gillespie:
Advanced Nature, 1st Place, Lauren Gillespie “Top View of a Cactus”

Madison Ingman:
Advanced Dramatic Short Film, Honorable Mention, Madison Ingman “Bad Idea”

Barbara Jaworska:
Advanced Dramatic Short Film, Honorable Mention, Barbara Jaworska “Victor”

Ethan Mathewes:
Advanced Animals, Honorable Mention, Ethan Mathewes “On Top of the World”

Madison Slagle:
Advanced Advertising, Honorable Mention, “Prismacolor”

Kooper Smith:
Advanced Landscape, 3rd Place, Kooper Smith “Shallow Tides”

Reagan Tompkins:
Advanced Nature, Honorable Mention, Reagan Tompkins “Walking on Waves”

Guinevere Wooten:
Advanced Animals, Honorable Mention, Guinevere Wooten “Hummingbird”
Advanced Architecture/City Scape, Honorable Mention, Guinevere Wooten “Spiral”
Advanced Fashion, Honorable Mention, Guinevere Wooten “Grapes”
Advanced Landscape, Honorable Mention, Guinevere Wooten “Comet NEOWISE”
Advanced Portfolio, Honorable Mention, Guinevere Wooten “#SocialJustice”

Kyle Juntunen:
Faculty Portfolio, Honorable Mention, Kyle Juntunen “Toy Photography Portfolio”


Allen Independent School District

Congratulations to two Allen High School winners of the Carson M. Doss Legacy Scholarships for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art contest.

Raaida Hasnain, and Camden Thomson are both seniors and will each win $1000 in scholarship.

Results will be shown on facebook live and on youtube @mlkcollincounty at 12:00 P.M. on Monday, January 18, 2021.

Raaida Hasnain – “The Dream”
Camden Thomson – “Daybreak in Birmingham” 12/17/2020

4-Year-Old Feels Lonely In Quarantine, Sets Up A Fairy Garden, Her Neighbor Notices And Pretends To Be A Fairy Named Sapphire For 9 Months

Make something beautiful!
You never know what it will spark! During these stressful times, we could all use a heartwarming story about a little girl who still believes in fairytales, magic, and fairies. Kelly Victoria—a photographer based in LA, California—thought the same when she decided to share how she and her 4-year-old neighbor created a beautiful b...


Allen ISD Fine Arts


Allen Independent School District

Today is the last day to enter toe Carson M Doss Legacy Scholarship MLK Art Contest!

The Collin County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Appreciation Day Service Committee is pleased to share a scholarship opportunity for our Collin County high school seniors and Collin College students. The Carson M. Doss Legacy Scholarship Art Contest will award two scholarships in the amount of $1000 each to a Collin County high school senior (must attend a Collin County school) or Collin College student. The link to apply can be found here:

Details on the Scholarship include:

Theme: The Birmingham Campaign

Entry Deadline: November 30, 2020

Entrants notified by: December 16, 2020

Mediums accepted: Any 2-D, including photography

Entry limits: Limit 2 entries per person

Entry fee: $0

Email for questions: [email protected]

Organization hosting: Collin County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Appreciation Day Service Committee


Friends of the Allen Public Library

The Museum of Whales You Will Never See: And Other Excursions to Iceland's Most Unusual Museums

A. Kendra Greene will discuss her book The Museum of Whales You Will Never See: Travels Among the Collectors of Iceland at a live virtual event 7:30 p.m., Tuesday Dec. 1 at Submit questions until 8:30 p.m. that evening through [email protected]

Artist and writer Kendra Greene is a fixture at the Nasher Sculpture Center and Dallas Museum of Art where she often leads artist and writing workshops. Insights garnered from her museum experience enriched her with unique perspectives for delving into the intriguing and quirky landscape of Icelandic Museums. Iceland has a population of 356,000 and has 265 museums – nearly one for every 1,250 residents! Enjoy the journey that combines travel history, the mythic and the eccentric.

When asked what inspired her to pen this book, Kendra declared, “Nowhere in the world have I seen personal collections turn into museums so seamlessly, so frequently, or so brilliantly—and so many of them, so recently!—as on the superlative island of Iceland. And those museums have everything to do not just with how we hold on to some few precious things, but how part of our humanity is that we keep, make, or even invent those things because they keep close to those memories, those stories, we can’t live without.”

Now that so many of the world’s museums confront unprecedented challenges, it behooves us to take this quirky quest without obtaining a passport.

A Kendra Greene also teaches Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Call 214-509-4911 for additional information


Allen Public Library

Bump your DIY paper snowflakes up a notch! With nothing more than good scissors, paper and an iron (yes, an iron) you can create snowflakes to decorate your windows, your tabletop and your gifts!


Allen Public Library

To celebrate the beginning of Diwali, please enjoy watching City of Allen employee Kavita create some beautiful henna designs. Happy Diwali and may the light fill the darkness. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!


Allen Band Booster Association

Join the Allen High School Varsity Jazz Band as they perform NEXT TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17th (6pm) at The Park at Fairview Town Center. Bring a blanket or lawn-chair while sipping on some coffee or eating on a patio at one of the nearby restaurants next to the outdoor stage. 11/11/2020

Dallas Symphony takes shows on the road with 16-foot mobile concert truck If audiences can't go to Dallas Symphony Orchestra concerts this holiday season, the orchestra will haul the concerts to them. A mobile venue called The Concert Truck will take up ... 11/08/2020

Call for Artists–20 Under 20 2021 This is a juried art exhibit showcasing 20 emerging artists under the age of 20. The selected artwork will be on display at Blue House Too, Allen Arts Alliance’s art gallery in Watters Creek.


Allen High School

Allen High School theatre presents "Mutually Assured Destruction" available on demand on Nov. 13 & 14 for FREE!

These are this year's senior directed plays, so make plans now to support and watch these through the provided links!


Allen Public Library

Learn the basics of working with resin to create unique flow art.


Connemara Conservancy

There’s a new sculpture in the Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve!

"Autumn Trees in the Meadow" was created by the Teachers' Group from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana Dallas Branch.

The Sogetsu Dallas Branch is an extension of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana based in Tokyo, Japan, founded by Sofu Teshigahara in 1927. It is a modern school of ikebana which can be enjoyed by anyone, anytime, anywhere, using any material.
Sogetsu artists are continually looking for new spaces to create innovative designs.

Come check it out! The Meadow is open to the public daily from dawn until dusk.

Photo credit: Celeste Walz


Watters Creek

A little inspiration on #InternationalKindnessDay. Be kind to others and to yourself. We were all inspired by this incredible chalk art installment at Watters Creek last week by an anonymous artist!



I have been so inspired by the Cece fan art I've seen in Search for CECE the Dinosaur!, so I decided to make my own!

Behold: "Cece With a Pearl Earring" 😂


Viola Davis

This is awwwwesome!! 💛💛💛 #GirlDad 🎨


There’s still time to give!


Allen Public Library

Virtual Fall Story Times begin on Tuesday, September 8th. We have a variety of Story Times for ages 0 - 5. For more information on times and ages please check out our website here 09/03/2020

StoryWalk® Begins For ages 2 and up. For the month of September we have set up an interactive StoryWalk® around the outside of the Library building, just follow the numbered signs. September's book is Leap Frog by Jane Clarke. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and devel...


Allen Public Library

Registration is open for the DIY Book Bags Take & Make for Tweens. Get a kit and decorate your own canvas bag as long as supplies last. For more information or to register, go to our website here





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