Greater Denton Arts Council

upcoming programs



In Partnership with Armadillo Ale Works
Every Second Thursday March - May
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

What are two things that are the same but different? Crafts! Join us every second Thursday as we indulge in two of Denton’s most favorite pastimes; arts and crafts and craft beer! Each month will feature different artists, techniques, and mediums, giving you a range of opportunities to learn new skills and connect with makers over a cold drink provided by Armadillo Ale Works. Drop-in, hang a while, and discover the pleasure of working with your hands.

After Party at Armadillo Ale Works until 10:00 p.m.

May 9:

We will be learning basic knot tying techniques to create modern plant hangers made of natural cording and a wooden plant vessel. Participants will have the opportunity to customize their plant hangers, making them one of a kind. They will leave with a finished plant hanger, easy to care for air plant, and directions on how to care for the plant!

Savannah Kurka is the maker, designer, and art educator based in Denton, Texas. Savannah is the maker behind Savvie Studio, a laser cut home goods and gifts brand. Her work aims to inspire closer connections to nature, and to create healthier spaces by bringing plant life indoors.

When she isn't in her studio, she loves learning to garden, trying a new recipe, or playing with her two pups! Savannah is also a co-op member at The Dime Store, and enjoys teaching creative workshops all over the great state of Texas.

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Kitchen Sync: Open Mic for Poets
Every Third Thursday
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

Whether you’re published or a pupil, poet or spoken-word practitioner, rhymer or free verser, this is your time to shine! Dust off that old notebook and collect your most recent musings. Kitchen Sync welcomes all voices to be heard. Performers will take turns reading their work aloud at the mic for an encouraging and open-minded audience. Shy or simply a supporter? You’re invited to lend a listening ear and lots of finger snaps!

Each month a prompt will be announced at the beginning of the meeting. Poets are invited to take it home, use the word in any configuration (adjective, noun, participle, present past, etc.) and return the next month to read their interpretation for the crowd. We’ll start off each meeting with the poems related to the theme. Don’t worry if you miss a month; we’ll post the prompt here for your reference.

The Greater Denton Arts Council is an inclusive organization that values diversity and equality in all forms. We strive to foster an environment that promotes empathy for and combats discrimination against the variety of human stories found within the vibrant Denton community.

Co-Hosts: Christine Irving and Kelly Weathers

Sign-up begins at 6:15 at the Welcome Desk

Event is open to all ages

To join the community visit:

April Prompt: Fool

The Fool speaks aloud hard truths that might cause trouble if anyone else told them. She gets away with veracity because s is perceived as being foolish and therefore harmless. We listen when she speaks openly of situations we prefer to deny, because she is entertaining in her difference.  Besides she is a misfit and cannot be held fully responsible. The fool plays and everybody believes that play is not serious; she can address the difficult, controversial issues in play all around them.  No one is more subversive than the Fool.

The Fool’s way of teaching, sometimes known as “crazy wisdom,” runs counter to a culture’s mores, morals, and ideals.  By turning society’s expectations upside down he brings the reality of what is, into clearer focus.  He speaks in parables and paradoxes, we struggle to understand. But, sooner or later we experience an epiphany and when the dust clears we find ourselves wiser. 


Drink and Draw
Every First and Third Thursday
6:00-9:00 PM
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

Come join us in the studio for a life drawing study facilitated by local artist, Marko Head. In the first hour, we’ll warm-up with gesture drawing before we move our focus to longer poses in the last two hours. BYOB, must show your ID to drink.

Participants must bring their own supplies. All skill levels welcome.


Does your organization have an event idea but no way or nowhere to execute it? The Greater Denton Arts Council wants to make your dream a reality. Every Thursday the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center stays open late to support community programs and draw people together through the arts by providing space and publicity and collaborating on educational visions as needed. Thursday evenings at PAAC create connections between artists, activists, and art enthusiasts to bond the community, highlight efforts, and call attention to available resources.

GDAC does not charge for use of the facility on these evenings, however, every event must be free and open to the public. Submit a proposal to to be considered for a evening program. In your proposal, please include all pertinent details. The earlier you propose your idea, the more likely you’ll be to secure your desired date.