Dougherty Arts Center

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.

DAC Replacement

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is taking the next steps toward moving the Dougherty Arts Center out of the beloved naval center and into a newly envisioned building to be constructed on Butler Shores Park. Learn more by visiting the DAC Replacement Project Webpage

Programs/Events

Dougherty Program and Events

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. 

Exhibits

Exhibits

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 JCBGallery@austintexas.gov

Education

Dougherty Arts Center Education

The Dougherty Arts School provides a variety of adult classes and youth programs. View the Parks and Recreation Department's Local Standards of Care Ordinance for youth programs here.

Artist Resource Center

Artist Resource Center

The Artist Resource Center is a place for emerging and established artists of all mediums to engage and collaborate. Functioning as a no cost meeting and research space for the arts community, the Artist Resource Center offers the tools for creatives to develop and advance their careers in the arts.

Rentals

Dougherty Arts Center Rentals

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

Dougherty Arts Center About Us

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

Get Involved

Dougherty Arts Center Get Involved

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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