Cultural Activities Center
Marker No: 16437
Aluminum 27 x 42 Subject Marker
Location: 3011 North Third Street, Temple
Marker Text: Organized in 1958, the Cultural Activities Center (CAC) in Temple is among the oldest multi-disciplinary arts organizations in Texas. during the 1950's there was a national upsurge in the arts, which coincided with Temple's post-war population growth and community history of support for the arts. Among the women responsible for starting the center was Nora Lee Wendland (1896-1988), president of the city federation of Women's clubs and a classically trained violinist. She envisioned a "Festival of the Arts" and established a Cultural Arts Committee, which expanded that year and began working with citizens and local groups to organize programs for Temple. The seven original groups were the youth activity center (Children's Library and Employment Agency), old central players, the League of Contemporary Arts, the Artisans' Guild, the Temple Camera Club, the Community Chorus, and and the Temple Civic Orchestra.
The CAC was housed in a variety of locations, including a former church building from 1965-77, and its replacement, the the Azalee Marshall Cultural Activities Center, which was dedicated in 1978. the contemporaries, the CAC's service organization, largely operated outside of the organization's building, visiting schools where members staged arts programs. As a groundbreaking institution, the CAC became a model for similar centers in other communities. It also spun off the Temple Civic Theatre and the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum. today, the Cultural Activities Center remains at the forefront of artistic activities in temple and throughout Bell County. (2010)