Who

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.

15 resident arts organizations create and work out of the Sammons Center. These are small and midsized arts nonprofits that tell stories through adventurous, unique work and represent culturally rich communities. Another 90 other groups use our building for rehearsals, performances, and meetings year-round.

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.

How

We are often called an “Incubator,” but prefer the term “Greenhouse.” A greenhouse cultivates and protects young, tender plants by providing a stable environment and the resources they need to grow. Similarly, local arts groups rely on the Sammons Center for a nurturing space and vital resources. The artistic energy these groups create is unlike any other — it’s the warm, “family” feeling you get when you step through our doors.

Performing arts groups at the Sammons Center benefit from shared administrative and technology resources, as well as subsidized rent, professional development opportunities, and proximity to other arts organizations. All these and more help build an artistic home, providing the stability they need to continue creating great art.

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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

Staff

Joanna St. Angelo
Executive Director, Position Endowed by Sammons Enterprises
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Michael Cook
Assistant Director
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Hannah B. Garcia
Director of Development
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Patricia Stewart-Gordon
Director of Finance
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Arlington Jones
Artistic Director
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Kara Walton
Office Communications Coordinator
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Marica Cruz
Assistant Office Coordinator
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Jaime Torres
Building Supervisor
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Charles Ragsdale
Assistant Building & Event Coordinator
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Board of Directors

Officers

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

Directors

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:      9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday:                    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday:                       Closed

Building Hours
Monday – Friday:      9:00 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 Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. For specific holiday closings, call (214) 520-7788.

Directions

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).

Parking

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 may need 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.

Accessibility

All levels of the Sammons Center are accessible to wheelchair users and others with special needs. The North Meadows Hall doors and the main front entry doors are fully wheelchair accessible and equipped with automatic door openers. 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?

Guests typically wear casual, comfortable clothing. Sammons Jazz: A reception including beverages on the second floor from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Table seating for 2 – 8 people (first-come, first-served). Sammons Cabaret: Reception with beverages from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the second floor, followed by the concert in Kurth Hall at 8:00 pm. Beverages are allowed in Kurth Hall; seating provides small side tables to hold your beverage. Most concerts include a brief intermission. Sammons Discovery: Beverages in Meadows Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. when doors open; music begins at 8:00 p.m.; open seating.

What is included in the price of my ticket?

Sammons Jazz, Cabaret, and Discovery: Complimentary valet and beverages.

Concert Attire

Guests typically wear casual, comfortable clothing. Some attendees wear cocktail attire.

COVID-19 Policy

The Sammons Center for the Arts created a Facility Reopening Policy to ensure the safe return of our patrons, guests, tenants, artists, and staff. Please view our statement regarding our response to COVID-19.

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