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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Dallas Arts District Grand Opening Week Events, October 12-18

The Dallas Arts District is a performing and visual arts district in downtown Dallas, Texas. The district is a unique, 68-acre, and 19-block neighborhood in the heart of the city. Enhancing the downtown Dallas skyline are buildings by Pritzker Prize winners I.M. Pei, Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas and AIA “Gold Medal” recipient Edward Larrabee Barnes.

The Grand Opening celebrations will begin on the morning of Monday, October 12, 2009, with a civic dedication. Following the civic dedication and each day throughout the Grand Opening week will be a series of outdoor performances and performance art.

Other highlights of Grand Opening week are two architectural forums presented by the world-renowned architects who designed the venues of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts and in association with the Dallas Architectural Forum and the Nasher Sculpture Center.

On the afternoon of Thursday, October 15, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas, one of the designers of the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, will discuss the future of theatre design.

On Friday morning, October 16, Norman Foster, also winner of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, will present his designs for the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House and Annette Strauss Artist Square. Joshua Prince-Ramus, who collaborated with Rem Koolhaas on the Wyly Theater and the Seattle Public Library, will be speaking at 2:00PM. Both of the architectural forums will be free and open to the public. Call 214-880-0202 for tickets.

October 18 is Spotlight Sunday, a district-wide event celebrating the Grand Opening of the AT&T Performing Arts Center featuring free admission to the Arts District museums, free concerts and activities for the whole family.

More information is available on line at the Dallas Arts District.

PDF schedules are as follows.

Dallas Arts District Grand Opening Week Events
AT & T Performing Arts Center Grand Opening Week