Arts & Literacy
CHILDREN'S ARTS & LITERACY FESTIVAL 2011
children and 2,128 adults attended the Junior League of McAllen’s
ninth annual Children’s Arts &
Literacy Festival at the
International Museum of Art & Science on September 24, 2011.
READING, ART, MUSIC &
THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF McALLEN LEGACY
From 1947 to 1952, the Junior League of
McAllen sponsored various radio shows aimed at instilling the joy of
reading in youngsters: "The Children's Hour", "Books Bring
Adventure", "Storytime" and "The League
Story Lady". In addition, from 1950 through 1974, a Story
Hour was held at the McAllen Library. The Junior League of
McAllen continued this tradition in recent years by sponsoring a
professional puppeteer emphasizing reading readiness to delight 2000 local school children
& a storytelling artist to entrance over 1500 local
From 1954 to 1960, art classes, art
exhibits and art appreciation lectures were conducted at local schools.
The Junior League of McAllen held a summer drama workshop in 1962.
In 1960, the Junior League of McAllen
became involved in the International Music Festival and sponsored a
Pops Concert for next 20 years. Following this tradition,
Symphony in the Park, a free public concert featuring first the
Valley Symphony Orchestra and later the McAllen Town Band, began in 1993
and was held for the next 10 years.
The Junior League of McAllen has presented Kaleidoscope (a mobile creativity
exhibit by Hallmark) to the community 3 times. The most recent Kaleidoscope, in
2001, touched the lives of over 18,000 children.