AT&T Performing Arts Center Visit the website The Grand Opening of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in October 2009 marked the long-anticipated completion of the Dallas Arts District, an idea first conceived more than 30 years ago. In the late 1970s, visionary Dallas leaders foresaw the growing need for new cultural facilities in Dallas. They identified the clear advantage of clustering these venues within a tight geographic area in order to reap maximum economic, educational and cultural benefits for each arts entity and for the city of Dallas. Today, the Center encompasses 10 acres within the downtown Dallas Arts District. The Center includes the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Annette Strauss Square and Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park, as well as Lexus Red and Silver underground parking areas. The Center presents a variety of programs year-round in its indoor and outdoor performance venues, including the Lexus Broadway Series and, in association with TITAS, contemporary dance and music, as well as other touring and community performances. The Center also provides performance space for local performing arts organizations, including The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Texas Ballet Theater and Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico. Belo Mansion Visit the website An elegant, beautifully restored mansion from the late 19th century. This historic building connects a sun-dappled atrium to an intimate junior ballroom with a private, hedge screened patio, an art-filled walkway through a sleek, modern foyer fronted by a grand, circular drive entrance. An exquisite, contemporary ballroom is divided by four surrounding floor-to-ceiling windows. A generously proportioned terrace overlooks the heart of the Dallas Arts District. Booker T. Washington H.S. Visit the website The Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts mission statement states “To provide intensive training in the arts and academics”. Arts Magnet prepares students to attend college, conservatory or to enter the professional field. Since its inception the school has garnered 18 presidential scholars and 194 DeeBee awards sponsored by Downbeat Magazine – a total unmatched by any institution, college or university in the country. Cathedral Shrine Visit the website The Cathedral stands with its neighbors at the center of the Dallas Arts District and preserves in the heart of the city a sense of the historical evolution of Dallas. Nestled amid gleaming glass and polished stone facings of surrounding buildings, the Cathedral functions as an architectural analogue of God's grace as it continues the mission to serve the needs of its parishioners, the diocese, and the community at large. City Performance Hall Visit the website Dallas City Performance Hall opened its doors to the public in September 2012 to serve as a multi-disciplinary gateway to the Arts District, by presenting cultural performances by a growing number of small and midsized organizations representing the breadth of artistic and cultural diversity within the City of Dallas. Crow Collection of Asian Art Visit the website The Crow Collection is a permanent set of galleries dedicated to the arts and cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. The museum offers a serene setting for quiet reflection and learning. Dallas Arts District Visit the website The Dallas Arts District is a unique, 68-acre, 19-block neighborhood in the heart of the city. A rare jewel that is the centerpiece of the region’s cultural life, the District is home to some of the finest architecture in the world. Enhancing the downtown Dallas skyline are buildings by Pritzker Prize winners I.M. Pei, Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas and AIA “Gold Medal” recipient Edward Larrabee Barnes. Dallas Black Dance Theatre Visit the website The mission of Dallas Black Dance Theatre is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence. The vision of Dallas Black Dance Theatre is to fulfill its mission through performance and educational programs that bridge cultures, reach diverse communities and encompass ever-expanding national audiences. Dallas Center for Architecture Visit the website Founded by AIA Dallas in 2008, the Dallas Center for Architecture is part of a growing network of organizations devoted to bringing the public more actively into the conversation about the importance of architecture and design to transform the way we live. We examine a variety of topics-from sustainability and design excellence to preservation and urban planning. DCFA presents a variety of public programs, including walking tours, film screenings, exhibitions, panel discussions and family programs. We also have a scholarship/traveling fellowship program that awards thousands of dollars to the next generation of architects and design professionals. The Dallas Center for Architecture is located at 1909 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, just north of the Dallas Arts District and adjacent to the Klyde Warren Park. We are open weekdays to visitors and hope you will visit soon. The Center is also available for rental for business and special events. Dallas Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Visit the website As the ninth-largest city and part of the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the nation, Dallas covers approximately 343 square miles and has a population of 1,223,229. The ultra modern and sophisticated city attracts worldwide travelers, making the area the No. 1 visitor and leisure destination in Texas. Dallas is centrally located and within a four-hour flight from most North American destinations. DFW International Airport is the world's fourth busiest airport, offering nearly 1,750 flights per day and providing non-stop service to 145 domestic and 47 international destinations worldwide annually. In addition, Dallas Love Field Airport is conveniently located 10 minutes from downtown. Once here, visitors can ride DART, one of the fastest-growing light rail systems in the nation or the historic, free McKinney Avenue Trolley from the Dallas Arts District throughout the Uptown area with its restaurants, pubs, boutique hotels and shops. Throughout the city, a visitor will enjoy the best shopping in the southwest, four-and five-diamond/star hotels and restaurants, the largest urban arts district in the nation, more than 13 entertainment districts and much more. Blend in moderate weather, year-round sports and true Southern hospitality for a true "taste" of the Dallas difference. Visitors are exposed to a city of success ... where optimism meets opportunity. Its pioneering spirit is alive and well, and the philanthropic contributions from its many residents continue to enrich the community and quality of life. Dallas is also a leading business and meeting city. In 2012, 18 area businesses were named Fortune 500 companies, including Exxon Mobil, Southwest Airlines and Texas Instruments. Dallas Museum of Art Visit the website The Dallas Museum of Art is both a responsible steward of cultural heritage and a trusted advocate for the essential place of art in the lives of people locally and around the globe. The DMA is transparent, ethical, and takes informed risks. It promotes research, dialogue, and public participation, helping to reveal the insights of artists from every continent over the last 5,000 years. Dallas Opera Visit the website Since its glittering 1957 inaugural concert with the legendary Maria Callas, the Dallas Opera has made a national and international name for itself by discovering new world-class talents and enhancing the careers of important artists, directors and designers. Dallas Symphony Orchestra Visit the website Since 1900, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has grown from a 40-person ensemble to a world-class orchestra performing in one of the world's finest concert halls. Dallas Theater Center Visit the website One of the leading regional theaters in the country, Dallas Theater Center (DTC) performs to an audience of more than 90,000 North Texas residents annually. Founded in 1959, DTC is now a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and presents its mainstage season at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. DTC also presents at its original home, the Kalita Humphreys Theater, the only freestanding theater designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. DTC engages, entertains and inspires a diverse community by creating experiences that stimulate new ways of thinking and living by consistently producing plays, educational programs and community initiatives that are of the highest quality and reach the broadest possible constituency. Klyde Warren Park Visit the website Klyde Warren Park serves as a central gathering space for Dallas and its visitors. The 5.2-acre deck park, designed by The Office of James Burnett, is an urban green space built over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets in downtown Dallas. Klyde Warren Park is a highly active space, providing daily free programming for the public ranging from yoga to book signings to outdoor concerts and films. The park is privately operated and managed by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. Meyerson Symphony Center Visit the website The home of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Meyerson Symphony Center is just as integral to the sound of the music as the musicians themselves. Since 1989, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center has become a landmark on the Dallas skyline and the international press has proclaimed the hall "world-class, rivaling the great concert halls of the world" and is part of the Dallas Arts District. One Arts Plaza Visit the website As a place to call home, it redefines modern elegance. As a place to conduct business, it redefines state-of-the-art. One Arts Plaza is a $125 million multiuse structure, the first of three buildings on over 10 acres at the eastern edge of the Dallas Arts District. Future plans for Two Arts and Three Arts include outdoor parks with Wi-Fi, fountains and cafes. Arts Plaza provides an urban oasis to enhance the lives of everyone that lives, works and visits the Arts District. One Arts Plaza's prominent location at the eastern end of Flora Street makes it the focal point of the entire Arts District. The Plaza, adorned with dynamic fountains, is alive with five restaurants, live music and outdoor entertainment, making it a true destination. Perot Museum of Nature and Science Visit the website The Perot Museum of Nature and Science located in Victory Park near Downtown Dallas is said to be a "world of wonder" by The Dallas Morning News. Passing the test of school children, inspiring curiosity in all ages and boasting as a living science lesson, this new Museum opened its doors to the public on December 1, 2012. Get ready to amaze your brain through hands-on learning experiences. St. Paul U.M. Church Visit the website St. Paul United Methodist Church began as a mission of the Wesley Church in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1865. This was true of many African American community and religious development projects of the aftermath of the Civil War. TITAS Visit the website TITAS was founded in 1982 by co-founders Tom Adams and Gene Leggett, as the “Texas International Theatrical Arts Society,” to provide North Texas communities with the opportunity to experience the best of American and international music, dance, and performance art through a variety of presentations and educational outreach activities. Under the leadership of Charles Santos since 2001, TITAS continues to achieve its mission statement, expand it’s audience base and build new coalitions to develop artistic collaborations that foster a greater sense of community, as well as work to enhance the North Texas cultural landscape. TITAS provides opportunities to experience great art through performances, cultural exchanges and arts educational outreach programs. The organization is nationally and internationally recognized as an innovator and is celebrated for providing artistic excellence, breaking boundaries, and serving as a catalyst for cultural collaborations within the arts.