Dougherty Arts Center

Experience the dynamic environment of Austin’s oldest community arts venue through provocative theater, music and dance performances, intriguing art exhibits, lively Date Nights, and a robust studio arts program for youth and adults. Discover why the Dougherty Arts Center has been the Heart of the Arts in Austin since 1978. We support emerging through established artists by creating opportunities to showcase work and experience art first hand.

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the DAC will be closed to the public beginning on Friday, July 3. Read more here.

For more information, please view the city's Community Resources Page.

Notice: The DAC’s adult classes for Summer 1 and Summer 2 are cancelled. We will let you know as soon as we have more information regarding Fall Class Registration.

Digital Programs

In light of the recent Stay Home-Work Safe Order requiring residents to stay home as much as possible, the DAC is proud to offer free digital programming for the public. Programs will be updated on a weekly basis beginning in early April. 

Stay Creative! Arts and Culture Summer Discovery

Stay Creative

Stay Creative! Arts and Culture Summer Discovery Online Program is an exciting exploration of arts, culture and nature, for children 5 to 12 years of age. Beginning July 6th children can engage in a week of programmed activities exploring new and exciting themes like Intergalactic Planetary and The Force of Nature.  Austin residents can register for one camp opening June 15-19 online at Lottery Results available beginning June 22.


Dougherty Program and Events

There’s always something happening at the Dougherty Arts Center! Take part in a variety of events including theatre performances, gallery openings, workshops, and Date Nights. See our Programs and Events page for a list of upcoming events.



The Julia C. Butridge Gallery features artists and arts organizations in exhibitions that include all mediums and address diverse subject matters. For more information, please contact


Dougherty Arts Center Education

The Dougherty Arts School provides a variety of adult classes and youth programs. View the Parks and Recreation Department's Local Standards of Care Ordinance for youth programs here.

Artist Resource Center

Artist Resource Center

The Artist Resource Center is a place for emerging and established artists of all mediums to engage and collaborate. Functioning as a no cost meeting and research space for the arts community, the Artist Resource Center offers the tools for creatives to develop and advance their careers in the arts.


Dougherty Arts Center Rentals

The DAC Theater is an attractive, comfortable 150-seat proscenium theater complete with lighting and sound systems, box office and concession areas, dressing rooms, gallery entrance and outdoor marquee. For more information, please contact, or call 512-974-4045.

For room reservation requests and policies, please use the Room Request Form and email it to

About Us

Dougherty Arts Center About Us

Learn all about the Dougherty Arts Center through our history and mission. Find information about our facility, parking, and frequently asked questions.

Get Involved

Dougherty Arts Center Get Involved

At the DAC, we offer a variety of ways for individuals or organizations who are passionate about the arts to get involved. Take a look at how you can become a part of the DAC community!

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