Arts District – Dallas, Texas

Located in the northeast corner of downtown Dallas, the Dallas Arts District is the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation, spanning 118 acres. This iconic neighborhood has more buildings designed by Pritzker award-winning architects than any location in the world.  Dallas Arts District unifies culture and commerce into a dynamic destination for locals and tourists alike while creating a fulfilling urban experience.

The District is powered by the imagination of artists globally, while seamlessly integrating exemplary artistic, residential, cultural, and commercial life and was awarded a maximum 3-star rating by the prestigious Le Guide Vert – Michelin Green Guide.  Its programmatic highlight is the Signature Block Party Series comprised of two free public events that support events at the cultural venues, featuring local, state, and national artists drawing more than 50,000 visitors from over 144 zip codes.

Since 1984, the Dallas Arts District Foundation (DADF), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, has served as the primary steward and representative for the institutions and properties within this distinctive neighborhood. In 2007, Fregonese Associates collaborated with arts district leaders to create the Dallas Arts Strategic Assessment and Action Plan. “With the district maturing and  growing, property owners see a need  for an umbrella management  association to provide broad and consistent management direction,  promote the Arts District as a  cohesive unit, coordinate activities, and take a leadership role in guiding  the form and maintenance of the district in the next critical years.”   

As a result of this plan, the organization was reconstituted in 2009, operating with its first Executive Director, Veletta Lill.  Downtown Dallas, Inc., a nonprofit organization representing downtown Dallas served as an incubator for Dallas Arts District for ten years.  Currently, the Dallas Arts District Foundation is operating as an independent non-profit cultural district management organization unifying culture and commerce.


The Arts District is home to 18 facilities and organizations including The Annette Strauss Square, the Arts District Mansion/Dallas Bar Association, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Theater Center, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Nasher Sculpture Center, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Fellowship Church, First United Methodist Church, Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House, Dee and Charles Wyly Theater, Moody Performance Hall, the Green Family Art Foundation, and the Crow Museum of Asian Art, housed in a portion of the Trammell Crow Center.

In addition, multiple other organizations perform in the District consistently throughout the year. This includes everything from concerts to outdoor festivals, to lectures, youth education programs, and more.


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