Greater Denton Arts Council

upcoming programs


Shadow Wall Play
Thursday, August 9, 2018
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

Colby Parsons' Structured Light exhibition toys with the relationship between the virtual world of light projection and the physical world of ceramics. In a fascinating display of intricate patterns and moving shapes, Parsons blends traditional craft with digital systems to present an innovative combination of elements that bridge the gap which typically separates handmade from technological art forms.

On this Thursday Night @ PAAC, come create artwork à la Parsons. Using shadow walls installed throughout the building, you are encouraged play and experiment with making patterns, pictures, and designs. We will provide a variety of props and craft materials for you to cut, fold, assemble and arrange to your imagination’s delight. With each new composition, take a picture. At the end of the night, choose your favorite creation and upload it to social media with the hashtag #GDACShadowPlay. We will gather every submission and upload it to our website where the community will have the chance to vote on which image they like best. When Structured Light closes August 25, we will reveal the community’s top pick and the creator will win a prize and the satisfaction of internet fame!

50th Anniversary Member Organization Spotlight: Golden Triangle Woodturners
Thursday, August 16, 2018
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

As part of our ongoing 50th Anniversary celebration, Golden Triangle Woodturners will share the joy of their craft with an evening of educational talks and demonstrations. Peruse handmade wares, learn about a variety of tools and processes, hear talks about their Empty Bowls Initiative and Wooden Cars for Kids project, and watch a live demonstration of a skilled turner using a lathe.  

Golden Triangle Woodturners is dedicated to providing education, information, and organization to those interested in woodturning. They seek to promote community interest in woodturning and provide guidance and aid to woodturners through the combined resources, knowledge and experiences of their members.

To learn more about their organization and the art of woodturning:


Musician Meet and Greet + Jam Session
In Partnership with Dallas/Fort Worth Professional Musicians Association
Thursday, September 6, 2018
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

Attention all musicians! We have partnered with the Dallas/Fort Worth Professional Musicians Association to introduce you to a broad network of music-loving individuals. Musicians of every kind are invited to make new connections in the field, learn about supportive services, and of course, jam with one another. Come show us your chops and unite with your musically minded peers!



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.