Arts and Culture
- The Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center
- The Ruth Paine House Museum
- The Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum
The department is under the supervision of the Executive Director of Arts and Culture.
The Irving Arts Board was created by the City Council in 1980 and charged with the responsibility of encouraging and supporting local arts activities and with the development and oversight of the Irving Arts Center and Irving Museums and Archives. The work of the 11-person board is funded through a portion of the local hotel room occupancy tax.
In 2017, the department began the design for a new 22,000-square-foot Irving Archives and Museum, which also will house the city archives. The Irving Archives and Museum is scheduled open in spring 2020.
The Irving Arts Center (IAC) exists to serve the residents of Irving and attract visitors through the support and development of artistic opportunities and is designed to accommodate a wide range of cultural and civic needs. The Arts Center’s 10‐acre complex, nestled in the heart of Dallas‐Fort Worth, features two fully equipped theaters; four galleries; meeting, classroom, reception, and rehearsal facilities; and a verdant sculpture garden.
Discover Irving's history through digital collections and resources provided by Irving Archives.
One of the finest repositories of African-American culture and heritage in the state, this facility was created to honor the history of the area settled in 1850 by freed slaves.
One of the largest equine sculptures in the world. The Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum is temporarily closed through late December for renovations. The sculpture remains open to the public.
President John F. Kennedy was killed by a bullet from a sniper’s rifle on Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas. On that day, what seemed to be another ordinary day began at a small home in Irving, Texas.