Mesquite Arts Center
If you’re not really into sports and you’d rather enjoy some local culture, head on over to the Mesquite Arts Center, where you can enjoy a variety of different performances and exhibits all year round. Check the calendar before you go to see what’ll be on while you’re in town. The Mission of The Mesquite Arts Center is to make visual and performing arts available to all the communities of North Texas; to become a creative force and an educational resource for our regional residents; and to deliver the economic vitality of the arts to our public.
Cohn Drennan: Manager, Mesquite Arts Center Manager Cohn Drennan was the co-owner and Director of contemporary art gallery Cohn Drennan Contemporary in the Dallas Design District. Prior to returning to Dallas, Mr. Drennan was the Director of the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University and the Deputy Director of the US Department of State’s Art in Embassies Program. Mr. Drennan is the Curator for the international art collective Take Me to the River, and serves on the Advancement Board for the College of Visual Art and Design at the University of North Texas. From symphony to drama to art exhibits, a wide variety of cultural activities can be found at the Mesquite Arts Center. The Concert Hall is home to the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra and the Mesquite Community Band; the Black Box Theater houses the Mesquite Community Theater, and artists display their talents in the Main and Chamber Galleries.
Mesquite, Texas, named by the state legislature as the Official Rodeo Capital of Texas, may not be the Music Capital of Texas just yet. But it may well be right on its way. For years, the City has had a thriving music scene propelled by a world-class symphony. Thanks to this and concerts at the Mesquite Arena, the City is now home to many award-winning performances. Located just 15 minutes east of Downtown Dallas, Mesquite is probably familiar to most people in the region, if only for the rodeo. But that’s not all that this town has to offer. From great restaurants to historical sites and outdoor adventures, Mesquite is filled with activities just a short drive away. If you like for your music to have a little more story and dance, then you’ll want to keep an eye on the Mesquite Arts Theatre. This local group of community-based players has been around since 1983. Since then, they’ve put on classic performances such as “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Nunsense the Mega Musical Version”, along with contemporary plays. You can catch a play at the Black Box Theatre at the Mesquite Arts Center.