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About Blanco Performing Arts

The mission of Blanco Performing Arts is to present stellar performances, enhancing the enjoyment of the cultural arts, for the enrichment of the residents of Blanco and its environs.

In 2010 Blanco native Julia Pautz was a violinist in the Fort Worth Symphony and had recently formed a quartet with other orchestra players. They had formed a non-profit organization and were doing fundraisers to support their performances. Julie asked if there would be somewhere they could perform a fundraising concert in Blanco. Renee Benson had recently finished renovations on the old Masonic Hall location to create the Uptown Blanco Ballroom. When I saw what she had done, not just the beautiful room, chandeliers, and furnishings, but especially the excellent acoustics, I asked her if she would sponsor the quartet in that space. We asked Peggy Welch, Diane Turner, C.A. Rust, and Susan Marshall to be host/hostesses and invite their friends, and we sold out. Benson as she exited that concert that this was something we should have often in that space. So BPA was born.

We are now starting our eighth season. Our venue continues to be the intimate Uptown Blanco Ballroom. Our audience has expanded beyond Blanco and Johnson City to include Dripping Springs, Wimberley, Kingsland, Spring Branch, Bulverde, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. We have had occasional guests from Canada, Kentucky, and other locations in Texas. We have presented artists from the Netherlands, Belgium, New York, Nevada, California, New Mexico, and Utah as well as groups from Texas including several from the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster. Our artists have been violinists, pianists, cellists, flutist, clarinetists, harpists, guitarists, saxophonists, and vocalists. The organizing and presenting are done entirely by a hardworking volunteer staff consisting of the Board of Directors with technical support from Crow Creative & Technical. The Uptown Blanco staff assists us with the setup and takedown at the venue. The local banks and generous individuals have been supporters from the beginning. Please consider supporting these efforts with your ticket purchase and/or donation.

Blanco Performing Arts accepts tax-deductible donations to continue its mission to bring artists to the Texas Hill Country. Tickets are available for the season and for specific performances.

Blanco Performing Arts Directors

  • Vickie Pautz, Artistic Director
  • Robin Somerville, Managing Director and Will Call Ticket Sales
  • Renee Benson, Venue Provider
  • Larry Seiler, Program Advertising and Ticket Sales
  • Terri Seiler, Recording Secretary and Hostess
  • Diana Blackburn, Treasurer
  • Leta Garcia, Public Information

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In addition to our patrons and audiences, Blanco Performing Arts' sponsors help make our excellent performances possible and bring these talented musicians to Blanco. Visit our sponsors and show them you support arts in the Hill Country.

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The Uptown Blanco Ballroom is home to the Blanco Performing Arts concert series, located on the west side of the courthouse square in Blanco, Texas. Find directions and parking...

If you need a place to stay while you’re in our little burg, there are a number of options. We have hotels, numerous B&Bs, and beautiful riverside spots for those of you with RVs.

Blanco Performing Arts is incorporated as a non-profit entity, and is recognized as such under Section 501(3)(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Blanco Performing Arts

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Call 830-385-1173
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This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

Texas Commission on the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
Uptown Blanco Arts & Entertainment
Blanco Pharmacy & Wellness
Lone Star Capital Bank
James M. Harris, Attorney at Law
Adams Insurance Agency
Los Senderos Studio
CRoW Creative & Technical

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Blanco Performing Arts brings world-class musical performances to the Texas Hill Country,
enhancing the enjoyment of the cultural arts for the residents of Blanco, Texas, and the surrounding communities.

Designed and maintained by Charles Willgren with CRoW Creative & Technical.