Greater Denton Arts Council

upcoming programs

 Business of the Arts
April 12, 19, 26 and May 3, 2018
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

Take your career to the next level! In this four-part panel series, leaders in the arts and music from around DFW will share their experience and knowledge about what it takes to make it in the industry. Each week will focus on different topics including social media and public relations, management and representation, insurance and contracts, and venues. Panelists will share their expertise, discuss the challenges facing creatives today, and offer tips on how to improve and expand your business. After each panel, there will be time for questions from the audience.


April 12: Social Media and Public Relations:

Andy Odom (Moderator)Director of Digital Marketing for Santander Consumer USA
Josh Berthume: President/CEO of Swash Labs
Mindy Arendt: Production Manager and Graphic Designer at Something Shiny
Eric Mancini: Denton-based Artist
Jake Laughlin: Manager of and the Discover Denton Welcome Center

April 19: Venues:

Reid Robinson (Moderator)DJ Woodtronic
Robin Phillips: Talent Buyer/Promoter
Given McClure: Director of Voertman's Gallery
Arthur Peña: Artist & Visiting Asst. Professor at UNT
Jason Reimer: Co-founder/partner of Oak Cliff Film Festival and Aviation Cinemas

April 26: Insurance and Contracts:

Mike Upshaw (Moderator)
Nic Bagherpour: Manager at DMAC Denton
Decker Sachse: Principal Attorney at Sachse Law Group
Sammetria Goodson: Managing Attorney at Goodson Law PLLC               

May 3: Management and Representation:

Eric Pulido (Moderator)
Charlsie Grace: Manager of BandSource
Callie Dee: Founder at DDFW Master of the Mic, Owner/Curator at Red-Empire
Fabiana Claure: Pianist and Director of Career Development and Entrepreneurship in Music at the UNT College of Music
Brian Molanphy: Artist and Associate Professor of Art at SMU



50th Anniversary Member Organization Spotlight: Denton Community Band
Thursday, May 17, 2018
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

As part of our year-long 50th Anniversary celebration, the Greater Denton Arts Council is excited to present an evening with the Denton Community Band. The more than 40-person ensemble, playing over 10 different instruments, will perform a selection of music that appeals to all ages. For those interested in learning more about the various instruments, members from the DCB will give brief presentations about the anatomy and operation of their instrument of choice. 


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.