Mission & History


The South Dallas Cultural Center provides programs in the performing, literary, and visual arts with an emphasis on the African contribution to world culture. We facilitate enriching and dynamic opportunities for the Dallas community to experience, examine, and celebrate black creative culture.


The South Dallas Cultural Center seeks to promote a more equitable, cooperative, and empathetic community by engaging the public with art and cultural experiences influenced by the African Diaspora.


Our core values are:

  • Respectful stewardship of our facility on behalf of the Dallas community;Β 
  • A commitment to providing excellent cultural experiences; and
  • Ambassadorship for black creative culture.

Our History

The South Dallas Cultural Center (SDCC) is an arts and cultural institution based in the southern sector of Dallas, Texas near Fair Park. SDCC celebrates the creativity, vibrancy, and diversity of the African Diasporian culture by offering a range of programs across creative disciplines.

Since SDCC opened its doors in 1986, it has served a vital role as a provider of arts education and cultural enrichment to the Dallas community, and as a creative space for local and national artists. The Center became a reality through the efforts of key individuals in the African-American community, who encouraged the City of Dallas to develop a multi-purpose arts facility in South Dallas. Under the leadership of City officials and Park Board members, funds were allocated through the 1982 bond program to construct a $1.5 million, 24,000 square-foot facility, located across from Fair Park.

In 2007, the Center’s facility received a total renovation and expansion adding 10,000 square feet. Today, the Center offers a 110-seat black box theatre, a multi-arts studio, a visual arts gallery, a dance studio, a two-dimensional arts studio, and a full-service audio recording studio.

The South Dallas Cultural Center is a division of the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture, a member of theΒ Dallas Art Dealers AssociationΒ and a partner in theΒ National Performance Network. TheΒ DADA Fall Gallery WalkΒ takes place each fall.

The South Dallas Cultural Center is a program of the City of Dallas Office of Arts & Culture. All programs are subject to change without notice. The South Dallas Cultural Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, and/or handicapped status in employment and/or the provision of services to the general public.