City Will Kick Off Dallas Arts Week Events

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The fourth annual Dallas Arts Week will be kicked off on Wednesday by Mayor Mike Rawlings at Dallas City Hall.

The event will run April 9-17, and it is designed to bring arts organizations together to promote and celebrate Dallas artists and showcase the city’s robust arts scene, according to a city press release.

“There are many things to be proud of in Dallas and one of them is our vibrant arts scene,” Rawlings said in a press release. “The creative arts sector is important to our city’s soul and economic vitality. During this weeklong celebration, I encourage our residents and visitors to go out and participate in the art programs, activities and events our city has to offer.”

“I encourage our residents and visitors to go out and participate in the art programs, activities and events our city has to offer.” – Mayor Mike Rawlings

There will be more than 100 arts and cultural offerings throughout Dallas for residents and visitors to enjoy. They include festivals, plays, concerts, exhibitions and literary events.

Creative Conversation, a panel discussion featuring some of the city’s top thought leaders in the arts will be one of the week’s signature events, and will be held on April 11 at Dallas City Performance Hall.

Dr. Richard Brettell, an internationally known art historian, curator, and educator, will moderate the discussion.

“I know I speak for my colleagues in the cultural community when I say that Dallas Arts Week is a wonderful opportunity to shine a light on the incredible talent, diversity and quality of the artists and organizations in Dallas,” said Joanna St. Angelo, executive director of Sammons Center for the Arts and president of Dallas Area Cultural Advocacy Coalition.

According to the city, here is the schedule of other events:

  • April 9: Dance Planet 20, the 20th anniversary of the annual dance festival
  • April 9: D’JAM Jazz Open House, part of the annual Jazz Appreciation Month
  • April 9: DFW Art Awards, honors local artists for their contributions to the community
  • April 10: My DSO Concert, a free concert for families presented by Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • April 12: Dallas Arts Celebration Day at the Latino Cultural Center
  • April 14: The eighth edition of Dallas Art Fair, Arts Week’s anchor fair, with 95 galleries from 17 different countries.
  • April 14: The Dallas International Film Festival returns with 113 films representing 31 countries and the debut of USA Network’s Queen of the South


Visit here for a full schedule of events.

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