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 (3) main components:
Trouble Puppet Theater Company Presents: The Bomb In HayMarket Square.
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.
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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.
Patrons and guests of the DAC will need to display a parking permit when the parking lot is officially closed to the general public. Patrons and Guests include anyone visiting the gallery, creative spaces, performance or special events, or anyone who is attending a workshop or class.
During special events, the DAC will close its parking lot to the public. (See Parking Lot Closures.)
The DAC parking lot (facing Barton Springs Road) will be closed to the general public on the following dates and times:
Planet Music's Dance Around The World. Photo Courtesy of Miklos Lorant.
Want to support the Dougherty Arts Center and stay up to date with the latest news on workshops, programs, performances, exhibits, receptions and more?
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Guiniviere Webb Culture & Arts Education Manager 512-974-4019
Lucy Miller-Downing Culture & Arts Program Supervisor 512-974-4045
James Byers Theater & Event Coordinator 512-974-4020
Morgen Denton-Jackson Gallery & Outreach Coordinator 512-974-4007
Lori Luce Administrative Specialist 512-974-4036
Daphne Holland Culture & Arts Education Specialist, Adult Programs 512-974-4033
Cidnye Stott Culture & Arts Education Specialist, Teen and Adult Programs 512-974-4026
Catherine Chao Culture & Arts Education Specialist, Youth Programs 512-974-4022
Ariel Ximenes Culture & Arts Education Specialist, Youth Programs 512-974-4032
Jefferson Lykins Theater & Events Assistant Producer 512-974-4002
Claire Bryant Marketing Specialist 512-974-4021
Kyle Armstrong Graphic Designer 512-974-4035
Drew Garcia Maintenance 512-974-4010
Norma Zapata Housekeeping 512-974-4010