Mission: To enhance 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.
Values: Collaboration, Education, Community, Inclusion, and Innovation
Located in the northeast corner of downtown Dallas, the Dallas Arts District is the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation, spanning 68 acres and 19 contiguous blocks. This iconic neighborhood has more buildings designed by Pritzker award-winning architects than any location in the world. Dallas Arts District unifies culture and commerce with integrated and exemplary artistic, residential, cultural, educational, recreational, religious and commercial life and was awarded a maximum 3-star rating by the prestigious Le Guide Vert – Michelin Green Guide. Its programmatic highlight is the Signature Block Party Series comprised of two free public events that support events at the cultural venues, featuring local, state, and national artists drawing more than 50,000 visitors from over 144 zip codes.
Since 1984, Dallas Arts District Foundation (DADF), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, serves as the primary steward and representative for the institutions and properties within this distinctive neighborhood. In 2007, Fregonese Associates collaborated with arts district leaders to create the Dallas Arts Strategic Assessment and Action Plan. “With the district maturing and growing, property owners see a need for an umbrella management association to provide broad and consistent management direction, promote the Arts District as a cohesive unit, coordinate activities and take a leadership role in guiding the form and maintenance of the district in the next critical years.” As a result of this plan, the organization was reconstituted in 2009, operating with its first Executive Director, Veletta Lill. Downtown Dallas, Inc., a nonprofit organization representing downtown Dallas served as an incubator for Dallas Arts District for ten years. Currently, Dallas Arts District Foundation is operating as an independent non-profit cultural district management organization unifying culture and commerce.
Dallas Arts District currently provides operational and marketing support in numerous ways, touching 4.1 million visitors including 500,000 students annually:
- Collaborating with neighbors to host, produce, and promote free public programming including the Arts District Signature Block Parties attracting audiences of more than 50,000 annually;
- Awarding over 450 microgrants to small to mid-size Dallas arts organizations since 1990 totaling $1.1 million and brining new audiences to the neighborhood;
- Developing the CONNECT Plan, an infrastructure master plan that promotes safety, connectivity, and accessibility with strong urban design in a multimodal neighborhood;
- 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 in June 2017)
- Collaborating with the City of Dallas on Approved Bond Improvements: Routh Street Gateway and the intersection of Pearl and Flora Streets that will address safety, connectivity, accessibility, and improved ADA standards
- Creating marketing print collateral through the Dallas Arts District Visitor Guide, a 48-page magazine distributed to 50,000+ people. Dallas Arts District reaches over 325,000+ users through social media and a robust website;
- 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 and global leaders
Board of Directors
Dallas Arts District CONNECT Masterplan
Dallas Cultural Plan
License to be Creative
License to be Creative: for State of the Arts License Plate:
A portion of TCA’s grants budget is earned through sales of the State of the Arts license plate. A State of the Arts license plate costs $30 in addition to your regular registration fee. TCA receives $22 for each State of the Arts license plate sold or renewed. All of the revenue generated from the sale of State of the Arts license plates is distributed through grants, so the more we raise through the license plate, the more we give through grants.