The Dallas Arts District is the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation.

Since January 26, 2009, the Dallas Arts District has operated under the umbrella of Downtown Dallas, Inc., a nonprofit organization that serves as an advocate for downtown Dallas.

Since 1984, the Dallas Arts District, a nonprofit 501c3 organization, has become the primary steward and representative for the institutions and properties within the largest contiguous arts district in the United States spanning 19 blocks in the northeast corner of downtown Dallas, connecting culture, commerce, residences, schools and churches.

Dallas Arts District provides operational and marketing support touching nearly 4 million visitors annually in numerous ways:
– Collaborating with our neighbors to host, produce and promote free public programs including the Arts District Signature Block Parties attracting audiences of more than 40,000 annually;
– Speaking to hundreds of people annually through outreach to community businesses, non-profit organizations, and neighborhoods throughout Dallas; Attracting coverage from local, national and international media;
– Providing tours to international visitors;
– Creating marketing print collateral through the Dallas Arts District Visitor Guide, distributed to 50,000 people and reaching nearly 200,000 users on social media annually;
– Awarding over 420 grants totaling $1.1 million to Dallas County arts and culture organizations since 1990.
– Promoting the improved economic impact of the cultural sector in five years from $128.6 million to $395.8 million (Americans for the Arts 2015 AEP5 Study, released June 2017)

If you would like to have copies of the 2018-2019 Dallas Arts District Visitor’s Guide to share with your guests or patrons, email us at info@dallasartsdistrict.org. You may also view or download a PDF Visitor’s Guide here.

Mission

The Dallas Arts District enhances the value of the city’s creative and economic life by engaging artistic, educational and commercial neighbors through excellent design, practices and programs.

Vision

Transform the Dallas Arts District 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.

Dallas Arts District is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and is funded by grants, voluntary membership dues, sponsorships and donations.

Values

Collaboration, Education, Community, Inclusion and Innovation


The Dallas Arts District has selected global architecture, planning and design firm NBBJ to create a new Master Plan for the dynamic downtown neighborhood. The Sasaki Plan (1983) is the current planning guide for the District, but is more than 30 years old. In the last decade, the Arts District has seen dramatic investment, growth and changes and has become a diverse magnet for businesses, development, residents and tourists.

With NBBJ, the Dallas Arts District will restructure the Sasaki Plan, determining where modifications are necessary and recommending specific new design standards for future development. To get involved, visit www.dallasartsdistrictconnect.org .