The DAC Today
Currently housed in a naval reserve built in 1947, the Dougherty Arts Center (DAC) serves as one of Austin’s oldest and most cherished community arts centers. Founded in 1978, the DAC serves all ten of Austin’s council districts and has five distinct areas of programming including: Theater Performances, Community Rentals, Gallery Events, Art School and Artist Professional Development. In 2017, the DAC welcomed 66,000 visitors from every Austin zip code, hosted 596 programs and provided opportunities for nearly 5000 artists. The DAC generated over $640,000 in 2017 and is among the Parks and Recreation Department’s top revenue sites.
All the above stands as a testament to the DAC’s mission: to support emerging through established artists by creating opportunities to create, showcase and experience art first hand.