Irving Archives and Museum wins an Obelisk Award!
The IAM will be honored with the 2020 Obelisk Award for New Initiatives. The Obelisk Awards are given annually by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts as a way to recognize “individuals and organizations who are pivotal in their support of arts and culture in North Texas.” Irving Archives and Museum was nominated by ThinkIndia for the support of the India al a Art exhibition, which is currently on display at the museum. We want to wish a BIG congratulations to Jennifer Landry and the team over at Irving Archives and Museums for receiving this well-earned award and want to thank ThinkIndia for the nomination and support! There will be a virtual ceremony honoring all 2020 Obelisk Award winners on Tuesday, November 17 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
IAM Soft Opening
Ruth Paine Visit
Fundraiser at Angelo’s
The highlight of the Friends of the Irving Museums annual meeting were two donations made to the soon-to-be-opened Irving Archives and Museum. First, Jimmy Bellew and Diane Mannon presented a check from the Irving Heritage Festival to IAM’s Jennifer Landry and Todd Hawkins. The Festival, which was held from 1991 to 2006, was a free community event and any proceeds came from donations and booth rentals. Old fashion crafts like rope making, blacksmith, sorghum making, chair caning, etc., were also demonstrated. The most recognized performers were the Dixie Chicks and Ray Wylie Hubbard. The $5,000 check is targeted for special acquisitions.
The Irving Heritage Society, represented by Anne Pfaff, then made a donation of $55,000. This money had been donated over several decades as the society worked to accomplish their goal of a heritage museum for the City of Irving. For a long time, memorials received by the Heritage Society were also put into this fund.