Dallas Arts District

The Dallas Arts District (www.thedallasartsdistrict.org) is recognized as the first city-sponsored cultural district in the United States. In 1978, Boston consultants Carr-Lynch recommended that Dallas relocate its major arts institutions from different parts of the city to the northeast corner of downtown, a location that would allow for easy access. It was envisioned that the area would become a lively mix of cultural and commercial destinations, further defined by a mix of contemporary and historic architecture. The cultural build-out was completed in 2013 and the district is now home to the Dallas Museum of Art, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the bloger T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas City Performance Hall, Klyde Warren Park, and The Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Dallas Arts District Photo Gallery




“Millions of dollars in private funding have been spent on construction since the Nasher Sculpture Center was founded in 2003. Nine buildings have been created or renovated by architects including I.M. Pei, Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, and Rem Koolhaas. Only one was funded solely through taxes. Although $1 billion in public money has been invested in the area over the past three decades, this sum has more than been matched by private investment.”

Catherine Cuellar, Executive Director

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