The Hays Arts Center is a cultural arts program that celebrates local artistic efforts and encourages public dialogue, understanding, and appreciation of the visual arts. Located in Hays County, Texas, the Arts Center is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 to 16:00, and is closed on Memorial Weekend (Saturday).The Arts Center presents a series of ongoing exhibitions at the Hays County Government Center. These exhibitions feature works of art from local organizations and individuals, and are subject to approval by the Arts Committee. The works of art remain in place until the end of the exhibition, unless the Arts Committee approves their early removal. Organizations or individuals may submit a proposal for an exhibition at the Government Center.
If approved in writing by the building manager, the Arts Committee can allow the lender to uninstall an exhibition or to help the Arts Committee dismantle and remove all the works of art and other components of an exhibition. The organization or artist who lends works of art for an exhibition at the Hays County Government Center must provide an adequate replacement, subject to approval by the Arts Committee, for works removed from an exhibition before its completion. Works of art submitted in electronic format may be shown without the audio portion, if any, at the discretion of the Arts Committee and as needed to carry out its business activities at the Hays County Government Center. The Arts Committee may appoint a selection panel, which may include county staff and community representatives. The goal of Inspired Minds Art Center is to help local artists earn a living while engaging the community. Public art will not be displayed in courtrooms or in administrative offices located on the first, second, or third floor. However, the Hays County Government Center does not function as a gallery or museum and is frequented by citizens with diverse opinions and backgrounds who are there to do business with the county. The goal of this program is to present a series of exhibitions that reflect the artistic excellence and cultural diversity of the Hays County metropolitan area and promote the county's cultural and economic initiatives.
Hays County does not receive commissions or compensation for the sale of works of art displayed at the Hays County Government Center.