Image of  Felice House & Dana Younger exhibit

"Sum You Some Me", Felice House & Dana Younger


The mission of the Dougherty Arts Center (DAC) is to support emerging through established artists who create, showcase, and experience the arts first hand. We envision the DAC as Austin’s cultural living room where people of all ages, races, ethnicities, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, socio-economic statuses, nationalities, and religions gather to create community through the arts. 


​​Formally a Naval and Marine Reserve Center, built in 1947, the building was dedicated to the City and named for the late arts advocate Mary Ireland Graves in 1978. Since then, the Dougherty Arts Center (DAC) has been offering arts experiences for a broad audience through its three main components- The Dougherty Theater, Julia C. Butridge Gallery and the Dougherty Arts School. 

Image of Trouble Puppet Theater Company performance

Trouble Puppet Theater Company Presents "The Bomb In HayMarket Square" 

Planning Your Visit

Located just south of the Colorado River, (see map for directions) the Dougherty Arts Center overlooks the iconic Butler Park and ever growing Austin skyline. Admission to the Julia C. Butridge Gallery is always free. After visiting the DAC, enjoy a meal at one of the many nearby popular Austin restaurants, located along Barton Springs Road. Click here for more FAQs about visiting the DAC. 


Metered parking is available at the Dougherty Arts Center. Guests can pay for parking using the app Park ATX. During business hours, guests will need to check in at the front desk to receive a parking permit while on premise. During special events, the DAC will close its parking lot to the public. Patrons and guests of the DAC will need to display a parking permit when the parking lot is officially closed to the general public. Guests and patrons include anyone visiting the gallery, creative spaces, performance or special events, or anyone who is attending a workshop or class.

Permit Parking Dates:

The DAC parking lot (facing Barton Springs Road) will be closed to the general parking on the following dates:

Saturday, January 8                   10am-10pm
Saturday, January 15                 10am-10pm
Tuesday, January 18                  3pm- 10pm
Wednesday, January 19             3pm- 10pm
Friday, January 21                      10am-6pm
Saturday, January 22                  10am-6pm
Friday, January 28                      10am- 6pm
Saturday, January 29                  10am-10pm


Image of dancer in "Dance Around The World" Planet Music performance. - Photo Courtesy Miklos Lorant

Planet Music "Dance Around The World" Photo Courtesy Miklos Lorant

Support Us!

Want to support the Dougherty Arts center and stay up to date with the latest news on workshops, performances, exhibits, receptions and more?  Join our mailing list and receive our monthly e-newsletter. You can also follow the Dougherty Arts Center on Facebook, Instagram and Nextdoor. For more information on becoming involved with the DAC and support the Austin arts community visit our Get Involved page.

Woman looking at artwork and smiling in exhibit by Adrienne Hodge & Katie Ryan

"Saude",  Adrienne Hodge & Katie Ryan



Guiniviere Webb Culture & Arts Education Manager  512-974-4019

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Cidnye Stott Youth/Teen Arts Education Specialist  512-974-4026

Catherine Chao Youth Arts Education Specialist 512-974-4022

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