The Sammons Center for the Arts grows the Arts, in and for this community, by providing essential support uniquely focused on the needs of local performing artists, arts groups, audiences, and arts education to enrich the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.


The Sammons Center for the Arts is known as an “Arts Incubator” but is more like a “Greenhouse” for small performing arts groups. Located in the Historic Turtle Creek Pump station, a Dallas Landmark, we serve as the home for 15 arts organizations representing every performing arts discipline. More than 90 additional arts organizations also regularly use the Center’s services and facilities for rehearsals, meetings, performances, auditions, and special events.

The Sammons Center for the Arts was developed to provide the community with resources and a facility for aspiring artists to hold rehearsals, workshops, and conferences in pursuit of their craft. If Dallas is to continue as a shaping force in the recognition and development of new talent, we must provide a permanent environment conducive to the achievement of this goal.

We Believe That

– The Arts should be accessible for all.

– The Arts ecosystem needs both small and large organizations.

– The Arts can help build community and provoke new thinking.

– The Arts are a core asset of any thriving economy.

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Services for Local Performing Arts Groups

  • The only provider of low-cost office, rehearsal, performance and meeting space

  • Copy, fax, automated mail services, express mail and package receiving, and postal lock boxes

  • Free notary services

  • Library and information center with books on fundraising, arts management, marketing, arts administration, etc.

  • Computer and technology center with computer equipment and software programs such as Word, Excel, desktop publishing, and internet access

Resident Groups


Joanna St. Angelo

Joanna St. Angelo

Executive Director | Position Endowed by Sammons Enterprises
Michael Cook

Michael Cook

Assistant Director
Hannah B. Garcia

Hannah B. Garcia

Director of Development
Arlington Jones

Arlington Jones

Artistic Director
Deborah Marine

Deborah Marine

Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Patricia Stewart-Gordon

Patricia Stewart-Gordon

Director of Finance
Kara Walton

Kara Walton

Office & Communications Coordinator
Marica Cruz

Marica Cruz

Assistant Office Coordinator
Jaime Torres

Jaime Torres

Building Supervisor
Charles Ragsdale

Charles Ragsdale

Assistant Building & Event Coordinator

Board of Directors


Zaida Basora, FAIA, President
Michael L. Riddle, Vice President
Gayle Z. Halperin, Secretary
Salvatore J. Olimpio, CPA, Treasurer
Lucas LaChance, CPA, CIA, Assistant Treasurer


Lori Bensing
Faynetta Fort
Tracy Fulton
Jeff Kempf
Smitha Radhakrishnan
Brian Eliot Williams
Carrie C. Holmes, Emeritus
The Reverend Zan W. Holmes, Emeritus
Grace Glover (Cultural Affairs Commission Liaison)

Advisory Board

Christopher Cree
Trammell S. Crow
John A. Cuellar
Daniel L. Curry
G. Timothy Hardin
Hector & Clara Hinojosa
Jo Kurth Jagoda
John R. Jones
Rodger Kobes, M.D.

Jay W. Lorch
Astrid Merriman
Henry R. Pearson
Christopher A. Poinsatte
Lynn Prude
Frank E. Stevenson II
John & Bonnie Strauss
Tom Timmons

Plan Your Visit – FAQ’s

Hours of Operation

Office Hours
Monday – Friday:      8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday:                    9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday:                       Closed

Building Hours
Monday – Friday:      8:30 am – 10:30 pm
Saturday:                    9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday:                       Noon – 8:00 pm  (Closed on Sundays in June, July, and August)

The building is closed on select holidays including Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For specific holiday closings, call (214) 520-7788.


The Sammons Center for the Arts is located at 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, between North Houston Street and Oak Lawn Avenue in Dallas, TX. The driveway to the building is accessible from the right lane of northbound Harry Hines Blvd. From southbound Harry Hines Blvd., make a U-turn at N. Houston St. (this is a signal-protected turn).


There are 58 surface parking lot spaces adjacent to the building and 37 additional spaces below the Dallas North Tollway overpass and near North Houston Street. For guests attending Sammons Jazz, Sammons Cabaret, and Sammons Discovery performances, complimentary valet parking is included in admission.

Resident arts organizations and other groups renting the Sammons Center are encouraged to purchase valet services. Guests attending an event presented by a resident or other group at the Center may visit the Partner Events page or contact the presenting organization to confirm parking options.


All levels of the Sammons Center are accessible to wheelchair users and others with special needs. From the sidewalk on Harry Hines Blvd., an accessible ramp is located at the northwest corner of the building. Handicap parking is available in the Center lot. All restrooms have fully accessible stalls. Certified service animals are welcome.

What can I expect at a concert?

Casual atmosphere, dress is typically business casual. Sammons Jazz: Reception on the second floor from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, followed by buffet-style dinner and beverages upon entering Meadows Hall at 7:00 pm. Table seating for 2 – 8 people (first-come, first-served). Sammons Cabaret: Beverages and hors-d’oeuvres reception from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the second floor, followed by the concert in Kurth Hall at 8:00 pm. Food and beverages are allowed in Kurth Hall; seating provides small side tables for placing refreshments. Each concert includes a brief intermission.

Concert Attire

Dress is typically business casual although some Sammons Cabaret attendees do wear cocktail attire.

What is included in the price of my ticket?

Sammons Jazz: Complimentary valet, buffet-style meal, and beverages.
Sammons Cabaret: Complimentary valet, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages.
Sammons Discovery: Complimentary valet, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages.

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