Greater Denton Arts Council

special events

Join us for exciting special events throughout the year including First Fridays at the Arts Center, Thursday Nights @ PAAC, and the annual CARA Awards. 

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Starting January 19th, stay late at the Arts Center and enjoy programs, events, and exhibitions through 9:00 PM each Thursday night. Upcoming events include:

Composite of the Soul Opening Reception | January 19
Join us for the opening of the new multi-media exhibition featuring recent works by Justin Archer, Dan Black, and Erik Beruvides in Festival Hall from 6-8 PM. 

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School | Third Thursdays @ PAAC (starting January 19)
Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art school is the world's premier alt. drawing movement. Artists draw glamorous underground performers in a friendly BYOB environment (21 and up). Found in 2005 in a dive bar in Brooklyn, Dr. Sketchy's has now spread to over 100 cities around the world.

Open Volunteer Info and Docent Session | January 26
Interested in becoming involved with the Greater Denton Arts Council? Please join us for an informal info session followed by a docent training starting at 6pm!

Curtain Up! | February 9
Presented by the Artists Enclave
Join us for a night of networking and all things theatre! 

This year, enjoy First Fridays at the Arts Center as part of the monthly event across Downtown Denton. Each month brings a new experience. Upcoming events include:

February 3 |  Materials: Hard + Soft Opening Reception
Join us for the opening reception of the 30th annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition at the PAAC from 6 - 8 PM. Juror awards will be announced at 6:45 PM by 2017 Juror, JoAnn Edwards of the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco. 



Support the arts and hear your favorite Denton stars sing karaoke! Join us as Eric Pulido hosts an evening of All Star Karaoke at Dan's Silverleaf. After 10:00 PM, make a donation and take the stage with karaoke provided by DJ Mark Ridlen. All proceeds benefit the Greater Denton Arts Council and the arts of Denton.

Check back for summer 2017 dates and information.

Since 1974, the annual Community Arts Recognition Award (CARA) honors those who have significantly enhanced the cultural life and status of Denton through outstanding achievement in the field of fine arts or for service to the arts in the community.

Casino Night, Auction, and Live Music benefiting the Greater Denton Arts Council & United Way of Denton County
Saturday, December 31, 8 PM – 1 AM
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in historic downtown Denton

On New Year’s Eve, be transported to the glamour of vintage Las Vegas without leaving your hometown. Mix and mingle while enjoying cocktails and delicious hors d'oeuvres by Barley and Board. Try your luck at the casino tables in the galleries or be a high roller in high limit lounge. Dance the night away to the big band sounds of David Pierce and his Holiday Orchestra and DJ Woodtronic. Toast the new year with fabulous prizes and much more!