From the colorful sculptures on display along busy streets to the diverse mix of concerts, shows and art exhibits offered year-round, it’s easy to identify downtown Arlington as a growing cultural arts destination within the city.
This summer, the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation (DAMC) submitted its second application to the Texas Commission on the Arts to have downtown Arlington designated as one of the state’s few Cultural Districts. There are only 28 state cultural districts in Texas and DAMC President and CEO Tony Rutigliano is eager to see the American Dream City included in the list. Arlington should learn if it is being recommended for the designation later this month, with a final announcement expected in September.
The heart of the city is home to free concerts at the Levitt Pavilion, large and small festivals, the Arlington Museum of Art, Theatre Arlington, Arlington Music Hall, murals, fountains, artist studios and numerous cultural events at the University of Texas at Arlington. Recent public art additions to downtown include the Dream sculpture near the Levitt Pavilion as well as several sculptures that are part of the Arlington Museum of Art’s Star of Texas project.
We are keeping our fingers crossed that Downtown Arlington will be named to the State of Texas’ Cultural District!
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