Your Personal Tour of the Dallas Arts District

The Dallas Museum of Art, the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the new AT & T Performing Arts Center are all part of the Dallas Arts District, the 68-acre neighborhood in downtown Dallas, dedicated to arts and culture. It is also the home to great architecture with buildings by Pritzker Prize winners I.M. Pei, Renzo Piano, Norman Foster and Rem Koolhaas.

Have you visited the Dallas Arts District, recently? If not, you are in for quite a few pleasant surprises. With the addition of the AT & T Performing Arts Center, the new Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts and One Arts Plaza, Ross Avenue, Flora Street and the surrounding area has completely changed.

Come…take a walk with me through the Dallas Arts District

Dallas Museum of Art

Let’s start on Ross Avenue with the Dallas Museum of Art is one of the country’s leading  art museums, featuring outstanding collection of more than 23,000 works of art from around the world, from ancient to modern times. Exhibits like Center for Creative Connections: Living Room make the Dallas Museum of Art a great place for art lovers. One of my favorite things is the event Late Night at the DMA, which features art, music and live performances.

Nasher Sculpture Center

Now we will leave the DMA and walk around the corner of Harwood and Flora to the Nasher Sculpture Center. Designed by the Pritzker Prize winning  Architect Renzo Piano, The Nasher Sculpture Center is one of the world’s only museum completely dedicated to modern and contemporary sculpture. It is the home of the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection,  which represents artists like: Matisse, Picasso,  Moore, Miró, and Giacometti.  The Nasher hosts Target First Saturdays, an event for children  and Nasher Salon, which brings guest speakers like Lauren Bacall, Robert Duvall, Stephen Sondheim and Gladys Knight to town.

Trammell Crow Center and Crow Collection of Asian Art

Directly across Flora Street, nestled behind the Trammell Crow Center office building is a a hidden treasure,   Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art.  The Crow Collection is  dedicated to the arts and cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. The Crow Collection of Asian art  presents FilmAsia, which features special film screenings and  lecture series.

We are going to walk a little further down Flora Street, past  the Belo Mansion. home of the Dallas Bar Association and Dallas’ oldest Catholic parish, Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe to the home of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

Take a minute to look at this beautiful building. World famous architect, I.M. Pei designed the Morton H. Meyerson, the home of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, another of the architectural gems in the Dallas Arts District. The 2010-2011 season of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will feature performances from Liza Minelli, Chris Botti and Pink Martini, as well as their holiday tradition, Christmas Concert.

Arts District Map

That’s enough walking in the Texas heat. Let’s get a cool drink and continue our tour next week with: Your Personal Tour of the Dallas Arts District Part 2 — AT & T Performing Arts Center.

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