Arts & Culture
Lake Jackson Civic Center
Opened in 2000, the Lake Jackson Civic Center boasts a 1,100 square foot senior center, 4,500 square foot terrace room, 7,100 square foot ballroom, 900 square foot conference room, and three plaza meeting rooms, each about 1,100 square feet. Additionally, the Civic Center is home to the Summer Concert Series and the Festival of Lights.
Lake Jackson Library
The Lake Jackson Library offers both physical and e-books, movies, and music. Additionally, access to online databases is provided for members. The Library hosts some special events like Family Fun Night, book club, and a very popular story time for younger children. It opens at 10 am Monday to Saturday and is closed on Sundays.
Lake Jackson Historical Museum
The 12,000 square foot Historical Museum focuses on the local history of Brazoria County and, specifically Lake Jackson. Visitors can choose to attend an hour long tour or walk through the museum alone. Other sites associated with this museum are the Alden Dow Office site and a Plantation site. The main museum is open 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday to Saturday and is closed Sunday and Monday. It can be rented either daily or hourly for special events, such as weddings or receptions, as the museum features a 2,400 square foot rotunda that can accommodate 200 standing or 150 seated.
The Clarion is a Musical Performance Center at Brazosport College that is celebrating its 10th year anniversary with the 2015-2016 Performance Season. The 29,000 square foot Clarion includes rehearsal halls, individual practice rooms, classrooms, faculty offices, a two-story lobby, and a 600-seat performance hall. It offers quality performances from world-class performers in a variety of musical genres, in addition to hosting local college, high school and community bands and choirs, such as the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra. For Brazosport area students ages 8 to 18, Klassical Kids offers an opportunity to audition to work with faculty from the Brazosport Department of Music and perform a live concert that is also taped for airing on BCTV.
The Center for the Arts and Sciences (Clute)
Founded in 1976, the Brazosport Center for Arts and Sciences is located next to Brazosport College, just across the border in Clute, and offers a variety of educational and entertainment options. This facility is owned and operated by the non-profit Brazosport Fine Arts Council; therefore, with the exception of a small staff, this facility is entirely volunteer-driven. The Brazosport Center for Arts and Sciences was listed as one of Texas’s best museums in Frommer’s Travel Guide in 2015.
The Center’s Planetarium features shows, space images, and interactive computer stations and displays. There is a small fee to see shows in the 30 foot dome theater, with a 72 person capacity, while lobby displays are free. Those in 11th and 12th grade at BISD can take a full credit astronomy course that meets in the planetarium two days a week.
The Center’s Art League features 10 art shows annually that highlight both internationally recognized and local artists. The Art Gallery in the Center is open from 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday thru Saturday and 2 pm to 5 pm on Sundays, as well as before and during the intermission of Center Stage performances. An Art Studio provides space for art classes and workshops, such as an oil and pastel class.
The Brazosport Museum of Natural History at the Center of Arts and Sciences is celebrating its 50th anniversary in November 2016. It is free and open Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday 2 pm to 5 pm. It features five exhibit halls with exhibits of malacology, paleontology, archaeology, minerals, and wildlife.
Center Stages offers musical performances for a fee. Its DOW Arena Theatre has 199 seats and the Freeport LNG Theatre holds about 395 people. In addition to performances and special events, youth workshops are available and school visits to the Center of Arts and Sciences are encouraged.