Greater Denton Arts Council

upcoming programs


Healing Through the Arts
In Partnership with Our Community Matters Program at Denton County Friends of the Family
Thursday, October 11, 2018
6:00-8:30 p.m.

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, you are invited to heal and be healed through art and musical therapies including a hands-on arts project, dance performances from TWU, UNT, Moore Street Baptist Church, and local African American churches, as well a reading of an original poem by Kalilah Coulter. Artist and Professor of Studio Art in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas Annette Lawrence will unveil one of her diary entry works made for DCFOF that depicts the percentage of African American victims residing in the Friends of the Family shelter from 2001-2017. The evening will culminate in the inaugural performance of Lorrie’s Joy, a choir of survivors and advocates of sexual and domestic violence.

6:30 Join Sara Greenberg, Education Coordinator at GDAC, for a tour of Tyrone Geter’s work which explores the struggles and hardships endured by women of color. Space is limited to 25 people. First come first serve. Sign-up begins at 6:15 at the welcome desk.

The Our Community Matters program at Friends of the Family focuses on engaging the African American community and bringing increased awareness to the resources available for victims of domestic violence. Statistically, African American women are 35% more likely to experience domestic violence than women of other races.


50th Anniversary Member Organization Spotlight: Denton Quilt Guild
Thursday, October 18, 2018
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

As part of our ongoing 50th Anniversary celebration, the Denton Quilt Guild will display samples of quilts and other small projects created by their members. Come speak with key leaders of the organization about one of America’s oldest artforms and learn about the Denton Guild’s contributions to the tradition through their various Bees and community service programs such as Kids Kwilts and Storybooks To Go.

The Denton Quilt Guild is a group of more than 200 quilters who create everything from traditional quilts to nationally known art quilts, and everything in between. New members and visitors are welcome to attend their monthly meeting, usually held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The guild is very active in the community and provides various services locally by making and donating quilts for children in need, offering our quilt-related Storybooks To Go to our local schools and libraries, and participating in local events. Quilters of all levels are welcome!

Film Screening: What Happened, Miss Simone?
Thursday, November 1, 2018
7:00 PM
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

Timeless jazz singer Nina Simone spurred countless artists to ignite activist causes surrounding social justice, racism, and womanism through their creative platform. Exhibiting artist in our Meadows Gallery, Tyrone Geter, is one of those adoring admirers who uses her legacy as inspiration.  Oscar nominated film What Happened, Miss Simone unveils the untold truths behind the legendary singer’s public persona and the sociopolitical climate that fueled her fire. Join us as we uncover the worlds of two artists who reflect the conditions of their time. 

50th Anniversary Member Organization Spotlight: Denton Community Chorus
Thursday, November 15, 2018
7:00-7:30 p.m.
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

Coming right off the heels of their second Gospel Jamboree, the Denton Community Chorus will perform selections from their fall concert that will sooth the soul, astound the ears, and leave you asking for more!

6:30 Arrive early to join a tour led by Sara Greenberg, Education Coordinator, of Tyrone Geter’s exhibition I Come as One but Stand as 10,000. Space is limited to 25 people. First come first serve. Sign-up begins at 6:15 at the welcome desk.

Since 1970, the Denton Community Chorus has been striving to present quality choral music to the Denton community. The Denton Community Chorus is supported in part by a grant from the Greater Denton Arts Council, The Arts Guild of Denton, the City of Denton, The Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and by members of this community. Their mission is to educate the members in the art and technique of fine choral music and to offer this opportunity to all adults of the Greater Denton area, and to provide the community at large opportunities to experience fine choral music. The Denton Community Chorus is open to all adults who would like to join.


Innovative Music Programming Competition Concert
Thursday, November 29, 2018
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

The winner(s) of UNT’s second Innovative Music Programming Competition will take our stage to perform their first-place program proposal. The goal of this competition is to encourage students to create compelling and interactive musical programs that engage audiences, cross musical genres, foster interdisciplinary collaborations, and push boundaries. Come out and celebrate the blossoming talents that are paving a path for the future of the performing arts.  

Stay tuned to find out who the winner is and what they will be performing!



MONTHLY programs

50th Anniversary Member Organization Spotlight
Every Third Thursday
6:00 - 9:00 PM

In celebration of the Greater Denton Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary, most third Thursdays will be dedicated to showcasing different member organizations who are working in and with the community. Bring your friends and enjoy performances, talks, and demonstrations from some of the people who create, inspire, and expand the arts of Denton.

Drink and Draw
Every 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. Each week the model will pick their favorite drawing and the winner will receive a prize. 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.