This is who we are

Mary White

Mary White is president of the Board of Directors at Winnsboro Center for the Arts (WCA) and works closely with the Center’s director, Tonia Nix, to provide opportunities for cultural experiences and education in rural east Texas. A native of Winnsboro, Mary spent much of her adult life in Boston, MA, where she worked in biotechnology and served on several non-profit boards. She returned to Winnsboro in 2014 and joined the WCA board in 2015. Mary is the event chair for Winnsboro Festival of Books and can be reached at

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Tonia Nix

Tonia Nix is the Director at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts (WCA). Reporting to and working closely with the board of directors, Tonia is responsible for the overall success and creative growth of the center, including the vibrancy of its programs, financial sustainability, and impact on the community. Tonia lived and worked in the Dallas area for 30 years before retiring and moving to northeast Texas in 2016. She joined WCA as Director in January. She can be reached at

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DEAR Texas

Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) Texas is a nonprofit organization that gets books into Title 1 Schools & Libraries.

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This is what we do


Winnsboro is one of 40 Cultural Arts Districts as designated by the state of Texas, and Winnsboro Center for the Arts (WCA) is known as the “Heart of the Arts” in Winnsboro. Founded in 2001 for the purpose of providing more cultural exposure to rural east Texas, the WCA has grown into a multi-disciplinary center with everything from performances to summer camps. It’s state-of-the-art listening room provides a cozy setting to enjoy internationally acclaimed singers/songwriters performing on the Bowery Stage.

Winnsboro Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, please visit our website at


To engage people in the arts through educational programming, cultural experiences and entertainment.


To integrate the arts into community life. We believe that participating in the arts promotes creativity, entrepreneurship, and spiritual well-being which are essential for community and economic vitality. Our long-term goal is to insure a stable infrastructure and financial security for the organization. As the “heart of the arts” in Winnsboro, we will continue to work with the city and associated organizations to develop Winnsboro as a desirable destination for residents and visitors alike.