And the Whole Community Celebrated, Thirty Years of Community Arts at The Dougherty Arts Center.

Aug 3, 2012 - 2:52 pm

The Dougherty Arts Center (DAC) had a great anniversary celebration on Thursday, July 26th, 2012

audience at DAC's anniverasry celebration

This celebration included exciting activities inspired by our arts school, theater, and gallery. We offered free activities, festivities and a great concert. The anniversary party went on from 4 to 8 pm, ending with our concert headliner, ATASH, the well-known, Austin world music band.

DAC celebration

The celebration’s program included:

Russell Wiseman MC

Russell Wiseman our great and humorous Master of Ceremonies.

Austin City Ballet

• Austin City Ballet - who also perform the Nutcracker suite every Christmas on our stage.

Dance Discovery

• Dance Discovery - teaching contemporary dance to students of all ages.

 ArtsReach

• ArtsReach - a children themed, theater based, DAC outreach program, performed in Austin libraries.

Class Act Dancers

 

Class Act Dancers

• Class Act Dancers - a tap dancers troupe, who practice regularly at the DAC.

 

A poetry & sax performance  Laura Esparza

A poetry & sax performance by  Laura Esparza

A poetry & sax performance by Melba Martinez

A poetry & sax performance by Melba Martinez

• A poetry & sax performance - by our members of our talented HAND management.

 

The band Atash

• Atash - Austin's own world-class, world-music band.

We felt ATASH's world-music, would be the perfect way to help us represent the incredible array of diverse talent that appears every weekend on our stage.

Also a special thanks to:

Brenda our folk dancer

Brenda, our expert folk dancer.

 

Gary our sound amn

Gary our experienced sound man.

We all shared music and dance performances with terrific Austin talent.

We all shared music and dance performances with terrific Austin talent.

Whole families, their friends and neighbors joined us at the Dougherty Arts Center's Open House. Very informal and neighborly, many guests new each other. Other came from Houston, and San Antonio for real party.

Members of the Bolden family

Two members of the historic Austin Bolden family, representing three generations.

Everyone had a chance to try their hand at drawing, ceramics, or playing with cute little Robot animals.

Everyone had a chance to try their hand at drawing

Everyone had a chance to try their hand at drawing.

Everyone had a chance to try their hand at drawing

Also both mother and daughter had a chance to try their hand at drawing.

Everyone had a chance to try their hand at ceramics

Also everyone had a chance to try their hand at ceramics.

Everyone had a chance playing with cute little Robot animals

Everyone had a chance playing with cute little Robot animals.

We welcomed FODAC (Friends of the Dougherty Arts Center), helpful volunteers who manned a table with great information. They made an impassioned presentation, focused on the importance of the DAC in one little boy's artistic life.

FODAC, Friends of the Dougherty Arts Center helpful volunteers who manned a table.

FODAC, Friends of the Dougherty Arts Center had helpful volunteers that manned a table.

There are certainly a lot of reasons for the DAC to have so many friends. The DAC is an award-winning Cultural Arts Center that offers a variety of visual, performing and digital arts experiences for a broad audience through its three programming components:• Dougherty Arts Center Theater • The Julia C. Butridge Gallery • Dougherty Arts School.

Dac art exhibit

The Julia C. Butridge Gallery

Everybody loves the DAC Over the 30 years, the Dougherty Arts School has received many awards from the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS), the Austin Chronicle Readers Poll, Austin Family Magazine. ACE Awards for Creativity from the City of Austin.

The Dougherty Arts School is a community-based arts organization focused on developing creativity in a multi-disciplinary environment. The Dougherty Arts School’s mission is to provide quality and multi-discipline arts educational programs for all ages through collaborations at all levels by teaching students to become future skilled workers, innovative leaders, and professional artists who make valued contributions to society.

Classes at the The Dougherty Arts School offers a range of programs for ages three years to senior adults with classes in; drawing, painting, darkroom and digital photography, ceramics, jewelry and metals, textiles, artist development, digital design and animation, theater and many  more.

 

 

children at the DAC summer school program

Children campers at the DAC summer school program.

 

Dac adult ceramic classes

DAC adult ceramic classes

Last year, in celebration of July as Parks and Recreation month, the DAC earned the Parks Department the national award for NRPA's 2011 Rock Your Park flash mob contest.

You can even watch the award winning video:

 

If you’re not familiar with us yet, we welcome you to discover your very accessible community Dougherty Arts Center. for more information please see:

www.Doughertyartscenter.org

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