The Creative Arts Center in Bonham wants people to know that it is more than an arts center. Over the last five years, the center has held a lecture series to showcase area history and educate people on different cultures.
The center will hold its next lecture in its series at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Beekeeper and Master Naturalist Jessica Womack will give a presentation on what types of photographs scientists are looking for pertaining to insects and animals.
“We feel that it is our responsibility to promote culture and education in an artistic setting,” Creative Acts Center Executive Director Lisa Avila said. “This week we will be talking about citizen science and sites where photographers can upload photographs of insect and animals.”
Avila said scientists view these sites and look for high-quality photographs of animals that they are working to identify.
“This is a cool way for area photographers to be able to participate in science,” she said.
As many as 50 people have been attending the lecture series that began in 2012. Avila said her most well-attended lectures were about history.
“People have most enjoyed our lectures that have a local flavor to them,” she said. “People like learning about local history, and this is a great way for people to do that.”
Avila said having lectures at the center is also a great way for people to learn about all of the offerings of the Creative Arts Center.
“Not everyone wants to look at paintings,” she said. “We have more than just paintings.”
The Creative Arts Center hosts between four and six lectures a year by locals like Texas A&M — Commerce Professor John Hanners, cowboy poet Lanny Joe Burnett, quilter Leo Ransom and writer Russell Graves.