There’s always something happening at the Dougherty Arts Center! Take part in a variety of events including theatre performances, gallery openings, workshops, and Date Nights.
Kate Graham Buddhist High Holy Days in Tibet and Qinghai Opening Reception: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6 - 8pm.
While living in Shanghai, China for seven years and traveling throughout the country, photographer, Kate Graham came to greatly admire and respect the culture and history of the Chinese people — especially Buddhist communities in Tibet and Qinghai. She was intrigued with the ancient religion and its opulent color, design, ritual, and symbolism. Explore a photographic celebration of a culture which despite political opposition, poverty, and relative isolation has persevered and ﬂourished with joy and dignity.
Community Engagement Night Thursday, December 14 Dougherty Arts Center 6:30-8:30pm
In 2018, the DAC will turn 40! We’ve put together a preview night of all the great things to come as we celebrate being Austin’s oldest community arts center. You asked and we listened – check out our new Artist Resource Center developed from your participation in Community Engagement Night last year. Meet 2018 Gallery Season Artists, preview a scene from the upcoming show People of Color Christmas, and be inspired by students from University of Texas School of Architecture, an envisioning of a new Dougherty Arts Center! Try your hand at a new art activity, sample future Date Nights and meet new people. Come be a part of the Heart of the Arts in Austin!
Color Arc Productions Presents People of Color Christmas Friday, December 15, 2017 at 8pm Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 5pm and 8pm
Set at an annual white elephant gift exchange party, POC Christmas is a comedy that explores family, love, and relationships in ways that universal audiences will find fun, hilarious, and engaging. Through catchy a cappella tunes and tacky Christmas sweaters, discover the heartfelt stories these friends reveal and the white elephant re-gifts they will steal. For ticket information visit: http://pocchristmas.eventbrite.com
Date Night @ the DAC - Night of Lights Wednesday, December 27, 7-9pm
Who was it that said "Yours is the light by which my spirit's born:-you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars"? Embark on an after-dark adventure with your special someone. You will learn a secret of creating the art of glow, go to your happy place with black light paintings and cruise the cosmos in a pop-up planetarium.
Nancy Mims Terra Incognita Reception: Friday, January 13, 2018, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Photographs, snapped in the moment, by the dozens, seem effortless. Her meticulous process of editing, carefully reviewing, editing, discarding images (by the dozens), results in a collection that reflects this elegant order, and depicts those chaotic forces of change in action, frozen in the moment.
Nancy Mims Artist Talk: Terra Incognita Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7pm – 8pm
The artist’s inspiration begins with a walk and cracks on a sidewalk then, birds on a line that suddenly take flight. Listen in as Nancy reveals her artistic process and shares the photographs that have unearthed from her daily life.