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. 



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:

Oct 26 | Lecture: Quilts: Art or Activism, 7 - 8 PM, FREE
Nov 16 | DBFF Presents the Best of Fest 2017, 7 - 9 PM, FREE
Nov 16 | Dr. Sketchy's Denton, Every Third Thursday, 6 - 9 PM, $5 to draw
Nov 30 | World AIDS Day with OUTreach Denton and Denton Queer Feminist, 7 - 9 PM, FREE
Dec 14 | DCM Evergreen Holiday Indoor Marke, 5 - 9 PM, FREE

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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:

Oct 6 | Narrative Threads + Color Coded Exhibition Openings, 6 - 8 PM, FREE
Join us as we celebrate First Friday with the opening of two incredible exhibitions. In Meadows Gallery, view Narrative Threads: The AIDS Memorial Quilt, a unique work of international arts activism that reflects the worldwide scope and personal impact of the AIDS pandemic. Selected panels from the 49,000 panel collective will be on rotational view at the Arts Center along with interactive AIDS Quilt Touch kiosk. Also on view in Festival Hall are recent works by Vagner Mendonça Whitehead including his large-scale projection work. 

DFW Community Quilting Project

Throughout Narrative Threads, community members are invited to create quilt squares that document their experience with HIV/AIDS. Participants can either create squares privately and deliver or send them to the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center or make a panel on-site using materials provided by GDAC. At the end of the exhibition, we will assemble the individual squares together and photograph and publish the completed quilt online as a statement of shared memorial, grief and a collective call to action. This project strives to engage and unite the community in an international conversation through meaningful, personal reflections. When combined, the collection of squares will serve to make a poignant statement about the widespread impact of HIV/AIDS.

Instructions for at-home creators:

Your quilt square does not have to follow any stylistic guidelines. You may incorporate text, image, and objects in any way you like. It must, however, be 7 x 7 inches if you want it included in the community quilt. If you are unsure of where to start, you might try considering these questions:

How did you first learn about AIDS? What do you know about AIDS? Do you know anyone who has lived or is currently living with AIDS? What do you want to say to them? How has the exhibition impacted your understanding of AIDS? How can we work together as a community to spread awareness? What steps can we take to help end the stigma surrounding AIDS? Is there more that you want to learn about AIDS?

Drop it off or mail it to the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center at:
Greater Denton Arts Council, ATTN: Education, 400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, Texas 76201





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 for an evening of All Star Karaoke at the legendary Dan's Silver Leaf. 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!