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

 Join us at the first online meeting.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is taking the next steps toward moving the Dougherty Arts Center out of the beloved naval center and into a newly envisioned building to be constructed on Butler Shores Park. Please join us at the first online meeting to discuss the future of the DAC.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 5 to 7 p.m. Register here

PARD and DAC are looking for your feedback on what you hope to see in the new facility design. How do you interact with DAC, and how can we improve that relationship with this unique opportunity for expansion, inclusion, and community growth?

DAC Replacement Project Webpage

Únase a nosotros para la primera junta comunitaria en línea.

El Departamento de Parques y Recreación de Austin (PARD) está dando los siguientes pasos para trasladar el DAC del amado centro naval a un edificio recién concebido que se construirá en el Parque Butler Shores. Únase a nosotros en la primera reunión en línea para discutir el futuro del DAC.

miércoles 28 de octubre, 2020, 5 – 7 pm Regístrese aquí

PARD y DAC están buscando su retroalimentación y lo que usted espera ver en las nuevas instalaciones. ¿Cómo interactúa con DAC y como podemos mejorar esa relación con esta única oportunidad para expansión, inclusión y crecimiento comunitario?

Página web del proyecto de reemplazo del DAC (en ingles)

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. 

Create Away - After School Program

Create Away is a digital after school program held over Zoom where elementary-aged students can connect with others, socialize with peers, and flex their creative skills under the guidance of our Arts Instructors who specialize in various visual, performing, and digital arts mediums. The goal of Create Away is to give students a supportive virtual environment to come together, have fun, and foster creative expression from home.


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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