There’s always something happening at the Dougherty Arts Center! Take part in a variety of events including theatre performances, gallery openings, and workshops!
WEST Happening and Artist Reception
Sunday, May 12, 2019
This year, the Artist Reception for our DAC artists participating in WEST is also a WEST Happening Event!
From the devolution of the Austin sky, to Texas caves reimagined as intergalactic landscapes, to the peculiar yet familiar renderings of southern life, artists Mae, Renee Victor and Heidi Pitre celebrate the beauty and quirks of the land we call home. Join us during DAC's WEST Happening and fall in love with Texas all over again while enjoying light refreshments and beverages!
Creative Action’s Changing Lives Youth Theatre Presents #NoFilter
May 14 and 15, 2019
Each year, the teens of Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble write, produce, and perform an original play dealing with teen dating violence and healthy relationships. These two public performances are a chance for a public to experience the play and engage in vital community conversations. For more information visit www.creativeaction.org
Date Night @ The DAC: Boxtopia
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Who said kids were the only ones allowed to play? Welcome to Boxtopia, where adults are invited to dive in and build their dream castles, forts, playgrounds, and spaceships from hundreds of large recycled boxes. Grab a bowl and make your own obnoxiously sweet dessert from our “Mud Pie” buffet. Enjoy the Texas sunset from the balcony of the box castle you have constructed.
Open Mic Night
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Open Mic Night @ The DAC is back by popular demand! Bring your voice, poetry, jokes, ribbon dancing and skating poodles! Show off what you are made of, or sit back and enjoy the entertainment as fellow Austinites take the stage. Coffee included.
Sign up for performances will begin at 6:45pm, show begins at 7pm and run until there are no more participants.
Acts that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance, or contain obscene material are prohibited. For more information or questions regarding appropriate material, please email DACTheater@austintexas.gov.
Art Happens Here Spring Fling Festival @ the DAC
Saturday, June 1, 2019
The Dougherty Arts Center is proud to present the first annual Art Happens Here Spring Fling Festival, a one-day juried art show that connects fine artists with the community. Think of it as a show-and-tell exhibit, sale, and all-day art workshop party! Attendees will be able to meet artists and sample art techniques both new and known through artist demonstrations and hands-on activities.
Artist Reception: Maura Schaffer & Visual Artists in Residence
Thursday, June 20, 2019
The DAC is excited to celebrate five amazing artists during this reception! Discover the work of Maura Schaffer whose soulful exhibit inspires people from all walks of life to come together around a metaphorical table, then explore two exhibits featuring beautiful work including painting, ceramics and photography by the Dougherty Arts Center's first Visual Artists in Residence, Katy David, Scott Paxton, Scott Simons, and Traci Ward.