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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THURSDAY NIGHTS @ PAAC

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:

Sept 21 | Dr. Sketchy's Denton, Every Third Thursday, 6 - 9 PM, $5 to draw
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.

Sept 29 | Lecture: African Textiles, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, FREE
Join us this evening for a discussion about innovations in African textiles. The production of cloth has a long and storied history throughout the African continent, and this talk will offer insight into the cultural significance of established and emerging practices.


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FIRST FRIDAYS AT THE ARTS CENTER

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:

October 6, 2017 | Dual 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. 

 

ANNUAL EVENTS

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4th Annual ALL STAR KARAOKE

2018 SUMMER DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
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.

 


Cara AWARDS

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.

 


Lil 'd NYE: ARTS & ADVOCACY

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!