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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!

Collaborative Partnership Opportunities

The Dougherty Arts Center seeks to expand partnerships, build creative community and incubate emerging local performing artists and organizations. Past organizations who have collaborated with the DAC include University of Texas Movement Exchange, The Speak Piece Poetry Project, Austin Civic Wind Ensemble, The Mahogany Project, Trouble Puppet Theatre and more. 

Guest Artists

The Dougherty Arts Center is pleased to host Guest Artist classes in order to enrich and expand our programming. Our Guest Artists are Parks and Recreation Independent Contract Instructors who collect registration and payments directly from their students and pay the Dougherty Arts Center a percentage for facility use. If you are interested in becoming a Guest Artist, please read the Independent Contract Instructor Handbook for full details and email a Class Proposal to Daphne.Holland@austintexas.gov 

23rd Street Artists' Market Monthly Membership Meetings

The Dougherty Arts Center hosts membership meetings of the 23rd Street Artists' Market on the third Wednesday of each month. If you would like to learn more about getting involved with Austin's original outdoor market for handmade crafts, join us!

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 7pm
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 7pm
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 7pm

For more information, email DACInfo@austintexas.gov 

CallForLGBTQArtists

Call For LGBTQ+ Artists

The Dougherty Arts Center invites LGBTQ+ artists to submit work to be considered for a pop up exhibit during the PRIDE celebration on June 15, 2022, the Razzle Dazzle Upcycle Event and Queer Art Show. This is an LGBTQ+ focused event organized by LGBTQ+ people for the LGBTQ+ community and our allies. The theme of the exhibit is Glow Up!
How it Works:

  1. You submit 1-3 pieces of your own artwork that fit the theme, Glow Up, by May 30, 2022. Here.
  2. We review all submissions & email those selected for the show with details.
  3. You will set up your artwork at the Dougherty Arts Center on June 15. Artwork will be displayed on easels. For any questions about display, email DACTheater@austintexas.gov
  4. Have fun and enjoy the event, network, and possibly make sales* on your displayed work.
  5. At the end of the event, take your artwork and head home!
  6. Any person under the age of 18 will need a legal guardian’s permission.

See details, guidelines, and how to submit here.
Please contact DACTheater@austintexas.gov with any questions.

CallForDragKingPerformer

Call for Drag King Performer

The Dougherty Arts Center invites LGBTQ+ artists to submit work to be considered for a pop up exhibit during the PRIDE celebration on June 15, 2022, the Razzle Dazzle Upcycle Event and Queer Art Show. This is an LGBTQ+ focused event organized by LGBTQ+ people for the LGBTQ+ community and our allies.
For this event, we are looking for some personality! We need a fabulous and fantastic Drag King to act as a walk-around emcee and conduct live-interviews (filmed by DAC staff) with member of the public that are attending the event. You would also be given the opportunity to present your own performance to the public during the event.
How it Works:

  1. We are hoping to find a Drag King, however any gender of drag performer may apply and will be considered. You can apply here.
  2. Please be prepared to submit a performance resume or portfolio as well as any performer social media links you’d reviewed. Submit all information asked for to the best of your abilities, as it will help us to better serve you.
  3. We will review all submissions and contact you with results no later than May 25, 2022.
  4. Our events team will work with you to plan your performance at the event, conduct impromptu interviews with the public during the event, and work out details.
  5. During the event, you’ll show up, work with DAC staff to help insure some fun, and delightful interviews and your performance.
  6. This is a family friendly event, so our emcee should be too!

See details, guidelines, and how to submit here.
Please contact DACTheater@austintexas.gov with any questions.