Welcome to Cultural Arts of Waco.


To celebrate and promote the community’s diverse artistic and cultural life; develop and enrich its cultural capacity; and champion the economic, social, and educational benefits of the arts in the Greater Waco area and beyond.


Cultural Arts of Waco was incorporated June 2, 2004 as Waco Cultural Arts Fest. Since that time, we have expanded from a once-a-year festival into year round programming made available to the entire Waco community free of charge. Our values include: excellence, in arts and culture; pride, through programs our community can celebrate; education, through the transmission of knowledge and skill; integrity, by operating with clear values and sincerity; diversity, bridging a variety of peoples, arts and cultures; commitment, to the future through our nurturing of arts and people; and optimism, in our courage, energy, and hope in all we do.

CAW realizes these values through several avenues, all free to the public designed to bring arts and culture to the Waco area. Among these are:

Waco Cultural Arts Fest

Waco Cultural Arts Fest brings together music, dance, poetry, film, performance arts, visual arts, and scientific pursuits in its weekend festival held in Indian Spring Park and the Waco Convention Center. For more information on our Festival and its mini-Fests, please click here.


We believe in supporting the arts and arts education all year. In our goal to bring the arts to all sections of Waco, we partner with groups during the school year and summer to provide art programming to students of all ages.

Educational programs include:

  • Art at the ARC: Summer Art Camp in collaboration with the Arc of McLennan County for students with autism and cerebral palsy.
  • Top Young Artist: juried student exhibition and scholarship competition for McLennan County Juniors and Seniors. For more information about Top Young Artist, click here.

Public Art

In support of arts for all programming, Cultural Arts of Waco advocates for art in public spaces.

  • Branding the Brazos
  • Waco National Outdoor Sculpture Invitational
  • Mid-America Arts Alliance Mural
  • Doris Miller Memorial