Seven ways to enjoy art in the city.
Posted on Apr 8, 2021 By Jennifer Simonson
With the number of vaccinated Texans increasing every day, life is starting to return to normal in Dallas and we could not be happier. This spring welcomes back the return of Dallas Art Month. What started in 2013 as Dallas Art Week has expanded into four weeks of art exhibitions, performances and lectures for art aficionados, novices and everyone in between. This year programming will include in-person and virtual events. If you can't attend all the events, here are seven ways to hit the highlights.
Do you miss afternoons full of standing around quiet galleries staring at beautiful framed artwork? If so, mark your calendars for April 17 when more than 20 galleries open their doors to welcome back visitors after a year without formal programming. The event celebrates the spring exhibition season while giving the community a chance to support the city's art scene. Participants will meet artists, listen to curators talk and munch on tacos during the daylong "Dallas Gallery Day" event. Click here for a complete list of participating spaces and schedule of events.
Be the change
Each year the city's Office of Arts and Culture presents Creative Conversation - an open dialogue on a topic relevant to the Dallas arts and culture scene. This year's topic is Arts and Justice. The creative conversation will share insights from the social justice movements, the pandemic and the economic downturn that had a disparate impact on communities of color in 2020. The panel, which includes the CEO of Big Thought, a Dallas County criminal district attorney and the program director for Junior Players, will discuss creative solutions for community building, justice and an overall better quality of life. The free, virtual conversation will take place on April 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Attend a Block Party
Dallas Arts District
Ain't no party like a Dallas block party. And by Dallas block party, we mean a socially-distanced evening outside while watching an all-star studded performance. This year the Dallas Arts District will celebrate our local performance arts community with the Changing Perspectives Block Party. There will be 10 Dallas companies present including Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, the Dallas Opera, and the Dallas Black Theatre at two performances on April 16 at Annette Strauss Square, an outdoor venue in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. The free event has reduced capacity to ensure a socially-distanced performance. Make sure you RSVP to the event to claim your spot.
Appreciate an Art Legend
Dallas Arts District
It is not every day the Dallas Museum of Art displays artwork from a global feminist, pop icon. The museum will display the work of Frida Kahlo, arguably the most popular artist from Mexico, throughout the spring.
The museum's small exhibition - Frida Kahlo: Five Works - shows her exploration of still life painting late in her career. Instead of focusing on her famous self-portraits, the four paintings showcase her love of luscious fruits, animals and husband Diego Rivera. The single drawing of the collection depicts the view of New York City from the perspective of a hotel window.
The exhibition is on display simultaneously with Devoted: Art and Spirituality in Mexico and New Mexico, featuring works from the DMA's Latin American collection. For those still more comfortable at home, a virtual tour of the exhibit is also available on the museum's website.
Attend a Jazz Concert from the Comfort of Your Car
Last year's first "Leap for Jazz Drive-In Concert'' was such a success that the Office of Arts and Culture is bringing it back. Jazz bands from the Community Artist Programs will serenade you with an afternoon of smooth Jazz. Like most of the events, the concert is free, but registration is limited. Make sure you grab your tickets as soon as possible.
Go to the (Outdoor) Theater
Dallas Arts District
Pack up your lawn chairs, blankets, and kids and head to the Strauss Square on April 25 for an afternoon of community theater. The free, family-friendly Theater on the Lawn event will feature community theater groups performing plays and skits catered to the entire family. Social distancing measures are in effect, so entrance is limited to those who are pre-registered.
See All the Art
Do you love all art no matter what? If so, the Community Artist Showcase in Fair Park is right up your alley. The three-day event will feature various artists disciplines including dance, music, spoken word and more. Tickets to the family-friendly event are free, but you must reserve tickets to attend.