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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!

Call for DAC Musician Pool

The Dougherty Arts Center is seeking musicians to apply for the Dougherty Arts Center 2021-22 Musician Pool. Opportunities to perform at Dougherty Arts Center events will be shared with musicians in the Dougherty Arts Center Musician Pool. Being selected for the pool does not guarantee you will be invited to perform at an event, however, qualified musicians may be contracted to perform for upcoming Music Box events.

Musicians must be at least 18 years of age and be current residents of Texas. Those living in the Austin metropolitan area are encouraged to apply!

To be considered, Musicians must submit via email the following:

  • Contact Information: Name, Address, Phone number, Website/Social Media links
  • A short MP4 video of their work o If file is to big please send to DACTheater@austintexas.gov
  • A brief summary of their musical style and background.

Email DACTheater@austintexas.gov to submit.

Austin Art POP UP Artists

Join the Dougherty Arts Center and neighborhoods across the city as we POP UP! for community art activities. We are looking for artists from various mediums to lead workshops in their district that will be free and open to the public. Artists of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Selected artists will receive an honorarium and the Dougherty Arts Center will provide necessary supplies and resources. This is a great opportunity for artists to share their artistic skills, give back to their community, and gain professional development and teaching experience. To apply, please fill out and submit this form.

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 sarah.german@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 over Zoom on the following dates:

April 21, 2021 at 7pm
May 19, 2021 at 7pm
June 16, 2021 at 7pm

For more information, including the Zoom invitation, please contact DACinfo@austintexas.gov