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Delving Deep

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A former warehouse district east of downtown, Deep Ellum is the heart and soul of the city’s public art. The 42 Murals project, in conjunctio­n with the neighborho­od’s galleries, is a boon for showcasing local talent. Every April, the Deep Ellum Arts Festival (this year, April 5-7), puts 200 decorative and visual artists on display and features 150 bands and singer/songwriter­s playing on seven different stages, pulling in Deep Ellum’s history as a hotbed for blues musicians. Even the dog-friendly Bark Park is full of artwork, as are light poles installed as part of the recent renovation of Elm Street. The beauty extends into the Deep Ellum Urban Gardens, which encourages a healthly lifestlye and community involvemen­t. 214.984.7300

BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT

Known as the hangout beloved by hipsters and the avant-garde, the Bishop Arts District makes artists’ hearts flutter. It’s also called Dallas’ most independen­t neighborho­od, home to more than 60 independen­t boutiques, restaurant­s, bars, coffee shops and art galleries. Vintage shoppers, rejoice! This walkable district is on the site of what was Dallas’ busiest trolley stop in the 1930s. At North Bishop Avenue and West Davis Street. www.bishoparts­district.com

DALLAS ARTS DISTRICT

The largest urban arts district in the country, the Dallas Arts District is a 19-block cornucopia of notable sites for the aesthetica­lly-inclined. Among the jewels in its crown are the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Winspear Opera House and Meyerson Symphony Center. It houses more buildings by Pritzker Architectu­re Prize-winning architects than any other in the world. At Flora and North Pearl streets and Woodall Rogers Freeway between St. Paul and Routh streets. www.dallasarts­district.org

FORT WORTH CULTURAL DISTRICT

Home to what is considered one of the finest collection­s of museums in the world, in addition to performing arts venues, a botanic garden and a botanical research institute, Fort Worth shines for the culturally-inclined. Among its stand-outs is the Renzo Piano- and Louis I. Kahn-designed Kimbell Art Museum, where collection­s range in period from antiquity to the 20th century. The museum houses approximat­ely 350 pieces chosen for their aesthetic beauty and historical importance. www.fortworth. com/about/neighborho­ods-districts/cultural-district

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN GRAPEVINE

This preserved historic district is among the most quaint we’ve seen. Marvel at the Grapevine Glockenspi­el Clock Tower, sip wine at one of the many tastings, visit a Western-themed gallery or glassblowi­ng studio and top it off with a show at the Palace Arts Center. Visitors center at 636 S. Main St. www.grapevinet­exasusa.com

 ??  ?? The Kimbell Art Museum is an anchor of Fort Worth’s Cultural District For more informatio­n wheretrave­ler.com
The Kimbell Art Museum is an anchor of Fort Worth’s Cultural District For more informatio­n wheretrave­ler.com
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Murals abound in Deep Ellum

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