Expansion from one week to a full month allows bigger
spotlight on the dynamic Dallas cultural scene

Mayor Mike Rawlings today announced that Dallas Arts Week will now become Dallas Arts Month. It will kick off on April 1 and provide month-long exposure for the City’s vibrant and dynamic cultural scene.

“There is so much going on artistically in Dallas, and we see all types of art being created and experienced in every corner of the city: theatre, music, dance, sculpture, literature, painting and more,” said Mayor Rawlings. “We realized we needed much more than a week to do it all justice. So for the 30 days of April, it’s all about the arts!”

During Arts Month, City leaders are encouraging art lovers and those brand new to the arts, to explore the diverse array of work being created by hundreds of artists and arts organizations in Dallas. There are several community events, which are free and open to the public, and special ticketed events. This year, the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs is working closely with key arts partners to engage Dallas residents and tourists in the arts. That includes an expanded marketing push and an online calendar at dallasartsmonth.com.

Below are some key events to watch out for:

  • TITAS Presents: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater March 31 – April 1 at the Winspear Opera House
  • Dallas Art Fair, April 7 – 8 at the FIG (Fashion Industry Gallery)
  • Creative Conversation: Art, Architecture and Placemaking, April 10, 6 – 8 p.m. at Dallas City Performance Hall
  • Arts Advocacy Day, April 18, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Latino Cultural Center
  • Family Event hosted by the Office of Cultural Affairs, April 15, noon – 4 p.m. at the Ronald Kirk Bridge and Felix H. Lozada, Sr. Gateway Park
  • Three free, outdoor performances of BANDALOOP , the vertical dance company which will perform off the side of a downtown office tower. Presented by Dallas Arts District, TITAS Presents and AT&T Performing Arts Center, April 22 in the Dallas Arts District
  • DeColonize Dallas Opening Reception, April 11, 6 – 8 p.m. at Nasher Sculpture Center
  • México 1900–1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde, March 12 – July 16 at Dallas Museum of Art

Mayor Pro Tem Monica Alonzo, who chairs the City’s Arts, Culture and Libraries Committee, says the cultural participants in Dallas Arts Month range from large established institutions to small, emerging arts groups and individual artists.

“This is a chance for our city’s talented artists to have their work seen by new patrons; and an opportunity for everyone in Dallas to discover new art experiences that might just be right in their own back yard,” said Mayor Pro Tem Alonzo.

Arts Month kicks off with the presentation of the 2017 Nasher Sculpture Prize to French artist Pierre Huyghe on April 1, as well as a TITAS Presents performance of the legendary African-American dance company Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Winspear Opera House. The Mayor’s free Creative Conversation returns to Dallas City Performance Hall on April 10 focusing on Art, Architecture and Placemaking. Free events include a Family Day on April 15 on the Ron Kirk Pedestrian Bridge, as well as three performances on April 22 of BANDALOOP, the pioneer in vertical dance which will be performing on the side of a downtown office tower across the street from the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

“We are initiating the project DeColonize Dallas to decenter how Dallas thinks about the arts, focus on artists and cultural producers on the margins, and present opportunities for residents to experience art in pivotal neighborhoods across the city,” said Darryl Ratcliff, a social practice artist based in Dallas. “We hope that this pilot project, inspired in part by DallasSites at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Xchange and Pacific Standard Time, sponsored by The Getty in Los Angeles, can provide a platform that can be translated and amplified in the years to come.”

For more information, please visit DallasArtsMonth.com. Artists and arts organizations may register their events at artandseek.org. Follow Dallas Arts Month on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #DallasArtsMonth.


About Dallas Arts Month

Dallas Arts Month, first launched by Mayor Mike Rawlings as Dallas Arts Week, is a city-wide celebration of Dallas arts held in the month of April. Arts Month is designed to build awareness and appreciation for the work of Dallas artists and organizations and foster creative learning and activity throughout the city. Residents and visitors are encouraged to participate in events and programming offered by art and cultural institutions from all disciplines