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. 



New in 2017! Stay late at the Arts Center and enjoy programs, events, and exhibitions through 9 PM each Thursday night. thanks to support from the Dentonite and Fort Worth Weekly. Upcoming events include:

Dr. Sketchy's Denton | Every Third Thursday, 6 - 9 PM, $5 to draw | Next Class July 20, 6-8 PM
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). Founded in 2005 at a dive bar in Brooklyn, Dr. Sketchy's has now spread to over 100 cities around the world. Join the Arts Council and artist Joe Duncan on the third Thursday of each month for a different theme and live model - only $5 to draw, so come in, sit down, and BYOB.

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Enjoy First Fridays at the Arts Center as part of the monthly event across Downtown Denton. Each month brings a new experience thanks to support from the Dallas Observer and We Denton Do It. Upcoming events include:

June 2, 2017 | 2017 Arts Grants Awards, 6-8 PM
The Greater Denton Arts Council has given over $1.5 million dollars in grants to the arts of Denton through community arts grants and artist micro-grants. Celebrate the recipients of the 2017 Arts Grants Awards, supporting the artists and arts organizations of our community. The evening will feature performances by past and current grant recipients.





Friday, July 21, 2017, 8 PM – Midnight
Tickets $10 at the door | $5 pay per karaoke tune after 10PM
Dan’s Silver Leaf in Denton, Texas

Support the arts and hear your favorite Denton stars sing karaoke! Join us as Jessie Frye 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.



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. Join us in 2018 as we honor past recipients as part of GDAC's 50th Anniversary Celebration.



Casino Night, Auction, and Live Music benefiting the Greater Denton Arts Council & United Way of Denton County
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 more!