Inspiring facilities in El Paso, Abilene, Lubbock, Amarillo, Wichita Falls and Midland are as much of a draw
for locals as groups interested in adding an entertaining
outing or off-site event to the meeting itinerary.
The El Paso Museum of Art, known for its Kress collection of European paintings—the largest concentration
in the U.S.—offers group tours and accommodates off-site events, including receptions, seminars and more.
Among the standout spaces at the museum are the
grand lobby, which is also a sculpture gallery that’s best
suited for social mixers,
and a 218-seat auditorium equipped with a
large projection screen
and a sound/lighting
system that’s great for
According to Brooke
Underwood, convention development director for Visit El Paso,
another popular arts
attraction that doubles
as an off-site venue for group events is the historic Plaza
Built in 1930 in Spanish Colonial Revival architecture
and featuring painted ceilings and mosaic-tiled floors,
the Plaza is situated a brief walk away from the Judson
F. Williams Convention Center.
It’s a wonderful venue for a group outing to see a
show—this year it staged a run of The Lion King musical, among other performances—or to gather for a
reception, according to Underwood.
The Plaza Theatre seats 2,050 people, and Underwood said its event spaces include its grand lobby and
the Alcantar Sky Garden, located atop the venue and an
ideal setting for celebrations.
Groups meeting in Midland can check the schedule of
performances at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, which stages everything from opera and symphonies to national Broadway tours, stand-up comedy and
film screenings in its 1,827-seat main hall.
During certain times of the year, the main lobby can
be rented for receptions, and the 192-seat Rea-Greathouse Recital Hall is available any time of year for
private luncheons, receptions and business meetings,
Arts venues, including world-class museums, historic theaters and performance arts centers,
all play important roles in the
meetings-friendly destinations of
Central and West Texas.
The cities of Central and West Texas
lure groups with creative venues
BY CAROLYN BLACKBURN
Art in the
EL PASO MUSEUM OF ART
WAGNER NOEL PERFORMING
ARTS CENTER, MIDLAND
GLOBE-NEWS CENTER FOR THE
PERFORMING ARTS, AMARILLO