Sammons Center for the Arts was founded in 1981 to renovate the
historic Turtle Creek Pump Station and operate it as a multipurpose
arts center. The first five years was spent raising the $3 million
needed for the initial renovation, and after two years of renovation,
the Center opened March 1, 1988.
Sammons Center is a nonprofit corporation organized under structure
section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, and operates under the guidance of
a17-member Board of Directors and a 27-member Advisory Board. The
Center is professionally managed by a staff of five.
Sammons Center provides low-cost office, rehearsal, performance and
meeting space, as well as administrative resources such as a copy, fax,
and postage center. The Center is home to 14 arts organizations
representing every discipline. In addition, more than 50 other arts and
community organizations use our services and facilities for rehearsals,
meetings, performances, auditions, etc. Our facilities are open seven
days per week from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and
from 12 noon to 9:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Through this business incubator program, we provide administrative
services to small and emerging arts organizations and individual
artists. We provide copy services, fax services, automated mail
services, express mail and package receiving, postal lock boxes, voice
mail, notary services and a library/information center with books on
fundraising, arts management, marketing, business administration, etc.
We have recently added additional services including a computer and
technology center with computer equipment and software programs such as
word processing, spreadsheets, accounting packages, desktop publishing,
data-base programs and internet access.
Funding for the operations of the Sammons Center comes primarily from
revenues generated through rental and service fees. Approximately 39%
of our revenue is self-generated. The balance is derived from special
programs such as Sammons Jazz and contributions from businesses,
individuals, City of Dallas, and income from fundraising events.
It is our goal to become self-sufficient through generated revenues, cost controls, fundraising efforts, special projects and through building the endowment fund.
The success of our project has begun to increase awareness in the
community and nationwide of the value and possibilities inherent in old
buildings, even those originally built for industrial purposes. We have
also proved that a private initiative can be as successful as, and more
efficient than, a public one. Many shared-use facilities have
successfully used our formulas in planning their guidelines and
strategies. The Sammons Center has gained national attention as one of
the best examples of adaptive reuse and of public/private partnership.
Our long-term goals are to stabilize the Sammons Center financially,
and gradually expand the services we offer to the arts community as we
identify areas which are relevant to our mission and purpose. We are
currently in our twentieth year of operation, and look forward to
expanding our role as a resource for the arts industry of Dallas, and
as a model for other arts incubator projects throughout the country.
The Sammons Center is supported in part by these sponsors:
is a beautiful and intimate recital hall with approximately 1200 square
feet of space. Kurth Hall seats up to 150 for a performance or lecture.
It features excellent acoustics, a superb hard- wood floor, and vaulted
ceiling. Concert grand piano available suitable for recitals, meetings,
seminars, workshops, theater, dances, and special events. (PHOTO BY RON ST. ANGELO)