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Experience the dynamic environment of Austin’s oldest community arts venue through theater, music and dance performances, art exhibits, events, and studio arts programs for youth and adults. Discover why the Dougherty Arts Center has been the Heart of the Arts in Austin since 1978. We support emerging through established artists by creating opportunities to showcase work and experience art first hand.

2023 Dougherty Arts Center Annual Report

FY23 Annual Report Dougherty Arts Center October 1, 2022 - September 30, 2023

The Dougherty Arts Center FY23 Annual Report is now live!

The Annual Report highlights the programs, events, exhibits, and outreach provided to our community in the 2023 fiscal year.


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There’s always something happening at the Dougherty Arts Center! Take part in a variety of events including theatre performances, gallery openings, workshops, free community events, and digital or online programming. 


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The Julia C. Butridge Gallery features artists and arts organizations in exhibitions that include all mediums and address diverse subject matters. For more information, please contact


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The Dougherty Arts Center’s School is an all-ages community-based arts education program focused on developing creativity through adult studio classes, youth programs and teen professional development. 

Artist Professional Development

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The DAC offers a variety of ways for both emerging and established artists to build sustainable creative careers. Opportunities include free workshops, events, residencies, and shared workspace.


A view of the Dougherty Arts Center theater

The DAC Theater is an attractive, comfortable 150-seat proscenium theater complete with lighting and sound systems, box office and concession areas, dressing rooms, gallery entrance and outdoor marquee. 

For room reservation requests and policies, please complete the Creative Spaces Room Request Form

About Us

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Learn all about the Dougherty Arts Center through our history and mission. Find information about our facility, parking, and frequently asked questions.

Get Involved

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At the DAC, we offer a variety of ways for individuals or organizations who are passionate about the arts to get involved. Take a look at how you can become a part of the DAC community!

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