Sammons Center for the Arts

We Grow the Arts

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The Sammons Center is described as an “Incubator” but is more like a “Greenhouse” for performing arts groups. The Sammons Center for the Arts was founded in 1981 for the purpose of renovating the Historic Turtle Creek Pump Station as a multipurpose performing arts center. $3 million was raised and after several years of renovation, the Center opened on 3/1/88 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, granted status on 8/31/81. We provide low-cost office, rehearsal, performance, meeting space and administrative resources such as copy/fax/postage center. We are home to 15 resident arts groups and serve another 100 groups for rehearsals, meetings, auditions, performances, and more 7 days a week. We produce a critically-acclaimed jazz performance series, Sammons Jazz, featuring a variety of jazz styles, providing a venue for local jazz artists, and promoting jazz as a unique American art form. The program includes youth outreach concerts for young people ages 6–12 and Sammons Cabaret. We operate the Dallas Arts Resource System (DARS) initially funded by the NEA through OAC offering expanded administrative services to small/emerging arts groups and individual artists with copy/fax services, mail services, postal lock boxes, voice mail, computers and library/info center. Our Art-Works Program provides professional development resources for arts management professionals. We have gained national attention as one of the best examples of adaptive re-use and public/private partnerships.

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