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. 


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

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School | 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/model - it's only $5 to draw, so come in, sit down, and BYOB.
Upcoming 2017 classes at the PAAC: Feb 16, Mar 16, and April 20 with more to come!

Materials Hard + Soft Artist Workshop ft. Bumin Kim | Feb. 23, 6 - 8 PM
Spend the evening learning from local Materials Hard + Soft artist, Bumin Kim. Kim will lead participants through the traditional Korean fiber craft of Jumuni. For more information and to register, click here.

Materials Hard + Soft Artist Workshop ft, Thomas Flynn II | March 23, 6 - 9 PM
Spend the evening learning from local Materials Hard + Soft artist, Thomas Flynn II. Flynn will lead participants through his wax casting process. For more information and to register, click here.

Artist Talk ft. Justin Archer, Erik Beruvides, and Dan Black | March 30, 6 - 8 PM
Join the artists from the collaborative, multi-media exhibition Composite of the Soul, (exhibiting in Festival Hall gallery through June 3) to discuss their current installations as well as a presentation of new work. 


Festival Hall, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Saturday, February 18, 12 - 1 PM; FREE

Join art historian Jessica Hurd with artists Amahigueré Dolo and Souleyman Ouloguem for a special preview of our upcoming Dogon exhibition, on loan from The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. The exhibition will be on view this fall in the Gough Gallery at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.

Malian sculptor Amahigueré Dolo is internationally recognized for creating expressive wood forms and drawings on the crumpled surfaces of repurposed cement paper. Dolo is part of the exhibition ReCollecting Dogon now on view at The Menil Collection. His installation Components of the World (Adouron Bew), 2007, is the first presentation of his work in an American museum. The installation will travel to the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center this fall. The artists will discuss the upcoming exhibition with art historian Jessica Hurd. 

This year, 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:

March 3 | Texas History Month Celebration
presented in partnership with Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA)
Friday, March 3, 6 - 9:30 PM, FREE

The stars are big and bright at the PAAC as we dedicate this First Friday to kick off Texas History Month! Celebrate traditional to contemporary artistic traditions of Texas. Enjoy family art activities, a marshmallow roast around the campfire, and much more! 



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!