Dougherty Arts Center
1110 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-4000
Once the Naval and Marine Reserve
Center, this city-operated cultural facility
now educates budding artists instead of
sailors and hosts many cultural events.
Located on the periphery of the pending
arts complex development over and
around Palmer Auditorium, the DAC
features the Dougherty Arts Theater, a
150-seat auditorium that is available for
music, theatre, and dance productions, a
large sculpture/pottery studio, and dozens
of classrooms. City staff at the DAC also
books the Sheffield Hillside Theatre in
Zilker Park, across from the main
entrance of the Barton Springs pool.
The Dougherty Arts School's adult arts program is dedicated to enriching the Austin community with hands-on artistic opportunities, providing skilled artists to teach a variety of classes in ceramics, digital arts, drawing and painting, darkroom photography, and more.
Enjoy a night of art activities, refreshments, and great conversation at the Dougherty Arts Center while a live DJ provides the beats and you explore "Beyond the Wall," a new exhibition by KB, Katie Lehn, and Adam Stratton that honors the uniqueness of their individual practices. Wed., Feb. 19, 7-9pm. Free, but RSVP.
This new play by Audrey Cephaly is a darkly comic drama about love, art, and the power of healing. Listen: "After a tornado barrels through North Alabama leaving nothing but death and destruction, only June and her wisecracking pet goat Weezy live to tell the tale." Directed by Rudy Ramirez for Shrewd Productions, starring Lizzie Beckham, Shannon Grounds, Jennifer Jennings, and (the legendary) Jennie Underwood. Thu.-Sun., Feb. 20-March 7, 8pm. $15-30.
- 2018: Critics Best Outlet for Self-Expression (Speak Piece Poetry Project)
- 2004: Readers Best Summer Camp (Dougherty Arts School)
- 2003: Readers Best Summer Camp
- 2002: Readers Best Summer Camp
- 1999: Readers Best Camps/Classes
- 1998: Readers Best Camps/Classes
- 1993: Critics Best Performing Arts Center: Local Acts