Stark Cultural Venues shut down special events, still open for general admission


Stark Cultural Venues announced March 13 that it would be canceling special programming but venues would remain open for general admission.

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Stark Cultural Venues announced March 13 that it would be canceling all special programming through April 4 but will remain open for general admission at this time.

As always, the Stark Museum of Art and Shangri La Gardens are free admission; however, the W.H. Stark House will not hold the second Friday and Saturday tours on March 13-14 or any other special events, the business reports.

A notice on the Stark Cultural Venues website invites visitors to the venues for general admission. The notice reads, “WE ARE OPEN

“Come enjoy your day at Stark Cultural Venues! Stark Cultural Venues has many events and programs scheduled for the entire family. We are open Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and offer free admission.

“Of course, the health and safety of our visitors are our top priority. We are taking extra steps to help prevent the spread of germs. We’ve made hand sanitizer readily available to our visitors and are cleaning frequently touched surfaces on an ongoing basis.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and will post any updates due to the coronavirus on

“We look forward to seeing you!”

Tad McKee, CEO of the The Nelda C. and H. J. Lutcher Stark Foundation said, “Our highest priority is the health and well-being of our community and employees. We want to be responsible and help keep our patrons, staff and volunteers healthy.”

The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation stated that it will monitor the progress of the COVID-19 virus and update the public as needed. For more information from the venues, visit Recommendations if you visit Stark Cultural Venues are to practice good hand-washing, take advantage of the many hand-sanitizing stations throughout the venues, and honor the six-foot rule to keep a safe distance from other visitors, suggests the foundation.

Cancellations for the Stark Museum of Art include the following:

-CREATE! Workshop Glazing Pottery - March 14

-Spring Break Doodle Days - March 16-19

-Teacher Drawing Workshop - March 27

-Lunch & Look Drawn to Horses: Ila Mcafee - March 28

-2020 Juried Student Art Reception & Awards - April 1

-SMA Playdate: Let's Build - April 3

Postponed for a later date:

Adult Studio Workshop: Pottery Wheel Basics

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center:

-Saturday Adventure Series - March 21 and 28, April 4

-Spring into Nature Camp - March 17-19

-Bird Watching Wednesdays - March 25

-Up Close with Nature - March 28

-Shangri La Cafe

W.H. Stark House:

-Second Friday & Saturday Tours - March 13-14

About the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation

The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation is a private operating foundation established in 1961 to encourage and assist education and to improve and enrich the quality of life in Southeast Texas. The Stark Foundation seeks to continue the legacy of its founders through the programs of the Stark Museum of Art; The W.H. Stark House; Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center; the Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts; and the Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation. These venues provide the community and region with rich resources and opportunities for study and enjoyment of the arts, history and nature.