Dallas Cultural Sites

Dallas Cultural Sites

Dallas Cultural Sites are jointly anchored by the African American Museum in Fair Park and South Dallas Cultural Center. For African-American travelers, no claims to “know Dallas cultural sites” hold up without those two on the itinerary. But theres more. So much more.

African American Museum of Dallas
DESCRIPTION: history & culture museum

South Dallas Cultural Center
DESCRIPTION: This treasure of South Dallas features distinguished African American plays and Black Cinematheque films. A sampling of the latter includes: Sisters of the Yam, Faces of Women (Ivory Coast), Alma’s Rainbow, Suzanne/Suzanne, The Arrangement, Mute Love and Nobody Knows My Name. Visitors can also see rotating exhibits by local, nationaland international artists, a drum circle, youth art classes, a reading room, and poetry in an modern 18,000-square foot facility. The 120-seat black-box theatre is must-visit for concerts during Black Music Month each June.
DAYS & HOURS: event-driven calendar
ADDRESS: 3400 South Fitzhugh Avenue, Dallas, TX MAP
PARKING: on premises
PHONE: 214-939-2787
WEBSITE: http://www.dallasculture.org/SDCulturalCenter/

Black Academy of Arts & Letters
DESCRIPTION: Founded 1977 by Curtis King, this cultural arts institution promotes and preserves the Arts and Letters of African-Americans. The 250,000 square feet of space which houses: Naomi Bruton Theatre (seating: 1,750), Clarence Muse Cafe Theatre (seating: 225), Eva Jessye Gift Shop, James E. Kemp Art Gallery, Lectures, Classes, Film Screenings and Receptions. Programs span the gamut in music, theatre, dance, literature, visual arts, film, television, and photography by emerging artists and established artists.
DAYS & HOURS: event-driven calendar
ADDRESS: 650 South Griffin Street in Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, TX MAP
PARKING: paid lots nearby
PHONE: 214-743-2440
WEBSITE: http://www.tbaal.org

Booker T. Washington School for Performing & Visual Arts
DESCRIPTION: The best dance and arts departments of any high school in the Southwest. It was the creative home of many famous artists, including Erykah Badu. The school was designated a Dallas Historic Landmark in 1980, the facility features a theatre cluster, a black-box theatre and is home to dozens of arts organizations.
DAYS & HOURS: often features after-school events
ADDRESS: 2501 Flora Street, Dallas, TX MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 972-925-1200
WEBSITE: http://www.dallasisd.org/btw

Dallas Black Dance Theatre
DESCRIPTION: Founded 1976, this acclaimed professional black dance troupe fuses jazz, African, spiritual, ballet and tap styles. Performances are mostly held at the restored Majestic Theatre in downtown. Up to 300 company dancers study, train and/or perform with some of the pre-eminent performers and teachers in the American dance world, including Alvin Ailey, Arthur Mitchell, Talley Beatty, Donald Byrd, Judith Jamison, Alonzo King, Twyla Tharp, Milton Myers, Elisa Monte, Martha Graham, Donald McKayle, Kevin Jeff, and George Faison. The company has toured worldwide. Notable perfomances include the 1996 Arts Festival in Atlanta, the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival in New York, Europe and Mexico.
DAYS & HOURS: event-driven calendar
ADDRESS: 2627 Flora Street, Dallas, TX MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 214-871-2376
WEBSITE: http://www.dbdt.com

Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Center
DESCRIPTION: Dedicated in 1974, Dr. King’s statue graces the front of this community center featuring a library, WIC office, local meeting spaces, medical facilities and indoor basketball.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Wed 12p-8p, Thu-Sat 10a-6p
ADDRESS: 2922 Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd, Dallas, TX MAP
PARKING: on premises and street
PHONE: 214-670-8355
WEBSITE: http://dallaslibrary.org/martin.php

Black Forest Theater
DESCRIPTION: Formerly owned by Erykah Badu, the theater fell on hard times.
DAYS & HOURS: CLOSED
ADDRESS: 1920 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Dallas, TX MAP

Paul Quinn College
DESCRIPTION: Founded 1872

Irving Black Arts Council
DESCRIPTION: Founded in In 1989 by Jackie Mae Howard Townsell, IBAC coordinates and develops cultural activities for African-American and other minority talent; IBAC also provides venues to display the talent of targeted artists and highlights vocational opportunities in the arts by providing exposure to local artistic role models
DAYS & HOURS: event-driven calendar
ADDRESS: 3333 North McArthur Blvd, Irving, TX MAP
PARKING: on premises and street
PHONE: 972-252-2787
WEBSITE: http://www.irvingblackarts.com

National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum and Hall of Fame
DESCRIPTION: Founded by Jim and Gloria Austin to give recognition to the outstanding multicultural pioneers who played a role in settling the early American western frontier and contributed to the western culture; includes featured exhibits of the Tuskgee Airmen and Buffalo Soldiers
ADMISSION: $5 adult, $2 student
DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sat 11a-6p
ADDRESS: 3400 Mount Vernon Avenue, Fort Worth, TX MAP
PARKING: on premises and street
PHONE: 817-534-8801
WEBSITE: http://www.cowboysofcolor.org

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