Saturday, April 17, 2021

Strauss Square

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Due to impending weather, the date has changed to Saturday, April 17, 2021 with two shows, one at 7:00 pm and one at 8:45 pm.

Dallas Arts District presents Changing Perspectives Block Party, a Celebration of Dallas Artists. This reimagined signature event will spotlight ten Dallas companies in the beautiful outdoor performance venue, Annette Strauss Square, at AT&T Performing Arts Center. Experience the arts under the stars in two different programs: 7:00 pm and 8:45 pm, and join us to celebrate Dallas Arts Month.

Changing Perspectives Block Party is free and open to the public. RSVP to let us know you are coming and arrive early to guarantee your spot!

This is a limited capacity event. Entry to the event will be on a first come, first serve basis. Once capacity is reached, entry will be closed. As attendees leave or exit the venue, additional entry will be permitted until capacity is reached. RSVP’s are optional and are not required to attend. RSVP’s do not guarantee entry or reserve space for you/your party. Ensure you are able to enter the venue by arriving early!

The first program at 7:00 pm features Percussion Things, Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Cry Havoc, Texas Ballet Theater, and B. Moore Dance. The second program at 8:45 pm includes Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble, Bruce Wood Dance, The Dallas Opera Chamber Orchestra, and Dallas Black Dance Theater. (Program subject to change.)

Located in the northeast corner of downtown Dallas, the Dallas Arts District is the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation, spanning 118 acres. This iconic neighborhood has more buildings designed by Pritzker award-winning architects than any location in the world. Dallas Arts District unifies culture and commerce with integrated and exemplary artistic, residential, cultural, and commercial life and was awarded a maximum 3-star rating by the prestigious Le Guide Vert – Michelin Green Guide. Its programmatic highlight is the Signature Block Party Series; with safety as our priority, these free public events are redesigned for 2021.

7:00 p.m.
Percussion Things
Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico
Cry Havoc
Texas Ballet Theater

8:45 p.m.
Bandan Koro African Drum & Dance Ensemble
Bruce Wood Dance
The Dallas Opera Orchestra members
Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Guests who wish to see both programs can ticket both. (Programs subject to change.)

Ticket Holders: Protective face masks are required. Please review the COVID-19 Safety procedures here and the venue policies here.

Permitted Items for events in Strauss Square

The following is a list of items that are permitted in Strauss Square unless otherwise noted on the event page:

1. Chairs

  • Structure does not matter
  • Chair leg height not to exceed 4”

2. Blankets

Prohibited Items for events in Strauss Square

1. Outside Food or Beverages
2. Pets
3. Strollers
4. Smoking
5. Weapons
6. Umbrellas
7. Bags or Coolers
8. Laser Pointers

Bag Policy

As of the 2020 season, ALL bags outside of the parameters below, will not be allowed inside the venue:

  • One bag that is clear plastic or vinyl and does not exceed 12”x6”x12”
  • OR One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar) AND a small clutch purse, no larger than 4.5”x 6.5”
  • All clear bags and clutch purses will be screened prior to entry into the venue.


Patrons who need medical supplies or devices and members of the working media are not subject to the new bag policy, but will need to go through the bag check line at the entry gate for a thorough screening of the bag and the medical items. The person requiring these supplies or devices must accompany the bag at all times. Media and medical exception bags will be tagged once cleared through security.