•Austin Museum Day
is here again this Sunday, Sept. 23
, with 30 area museums and sites offering free admission all day. Take your pick of art museums (UT's Blanton Museum of Art, Mexic-Arte Museum, the Austin Museum of Art – Downtown and
Laguna Gloria, the Elisabet Ney Museum, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Arthouse), galleries (Women & Their Work, Texas Folklife Gallery, the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture), cultural centers (the Carver Museum and Cultural Center, the Mexican American Cultural Center, the Ransom Center), historical facilities (the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the LBJ Library and Museum, the French Legation, the German Free School, Pioneer Farms), and nature centers (the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the Austin Nature and Science Center, Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve). The Austin Museum Partnership, which has been sponsoring the annual event since 1998, reports that 25,000 people took advantage of Austin Museum Day in 2006. For all of the 2007 venues, activities, and hours, visit www.austinmuseums.org/museum_day.html
•The Texas Commission on the Arts has a new executive director: Dr. Gary Gibbs, formerly of Houston Grand Opera, will succeed Ricardo Hernandez at the state agency effective Oct. 1. During his 16 years as director of education and outreach for the opera, Gibbs worked to make the art form more accessible to the larger community, commissioning and producing numerous operas for student and family audiences. The programs he designed reached some 300,000 people per year and were recognized as national models by OPERA America. For more information, visit www.arts.state.tx.us.