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. Dallas Arts District acts as an advocate, steward and representative on behalf of the Dallas Arts District. In addition to serving the needs of those in the neighborhood, the Dallas Arts District Foundation has also assumed the responsibilities of the former Arts District Alliance (created in 1984 as the Arts District Friends) – educating the larger community about the benefits and resources of the district.

If you would like to have copies of the 2016-2017 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 Community Development 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 – a nonprofit neighborhood advocacy organization -­‐ will restructure the Sasaki Plan, determining where modifications are necessary and recommending specific new design standards for future development. Click Here for the latest update on the Community Development Plan from Dallas Arts District’s Executive Director, Lily Weiss.