Irving Arts Center

The Irving Arts Center serves as the creative hub for the Irving community, hosting over 1,000 events every year, including live performances, rotating art exhibits, and activities for kids.

A Smithsonian Affiliate, the Irving Arts Center has earned a national reputation as a premiere arts venue. With four distinct galleries, it typically hosts more than 20 exhibits per year, showcasing a wide range of artistic styles and media. In addition to local and nationally recognized artists, the Irving Arts Center features traveling collections from the Smithsonian Institution.

The center also showcases outdoor works in its impressive 2-acre sculpture garden with beautiful walkways, fountains, and original works of art, including a pictorial mosaic created by local Irving students.

Performances

Every year, the Irving Arts Center hosts dozens of performances, including musicals, comedy shows, and concerts. With two beautiful performance spaces, the Dupree Theater and Carpenter Hall, and shows for all ages, there’s sure to be a performance for you. Explore the upcoming events calendar or contact the box office to learn more about current performances so you can catch a show you won’t forget.

Exhibitions

A stroll through the Irving Arts Center offers the opportunity to appreciate national exhibitions of photographs, illustrations, and textile art. In addition to its regular featured exhibits, the center also hosts rotating shows throughout the year. 

To make the most of your trip, take advantage of the guided gallery tours typically offered Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Docents will provide you with context and details about the exhibitions to enhance your visit with knowledge of the art on display. Check the Irving Arts Center website for updated dates and times. Even if you’ve been fortunate enough to visit the center once before, it’s always worth another trip to see what’s new.

Fun for the Kids

Open seven days a week, the Irving Arts Center is the perfect place to spend the day with the kids. The youth and family programs include story times, live performances, summer camps, and more. 

On the first Thursday of every month, the Center offers a free performance series just for kids, JumpstART Stories & Art. During this time, kids are given the chance to create their own works of art before exploring the galleries and sculpture garden. For more excitement, Family Fundays, held on the second Sunday of every month, provides additional chances for children to get a hands-on experience with art.

With so many engaging ways to explore and learn about art, kids are sure to love their time at the Irving Arts Center. Every month features new exhibits and activities for children, so be sure to explore the center online to see what special adventures await you and your children on your next trip.