Located right in downtown Dallas, The Arts District is the metropolis’ visual and performing arts mecca. Today, over thirteen different facilities and organizations call the Arts District home, including: The Annette Strauss Artist Square, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Theater Center, Morton H, Meyerson Symphony Center, Nasher Sculpture Center, the Trammel & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art and more! The origin story of the Dallas Arts District goes back to the 1970s when consultants from Boston’s Carr-Lynch were hired to help determine where in the city, cultural and artistic institutions should be housed. Prior to the 1970s, the city had concert halls and museums, but they were spread out across the city limits. Based on the findings and recommendations offered by the consultants, the city of Dallas decided to build out an Arts District, with plans to relocate many of the city’s institutions to a more central area. This more central location would allow for easier access from highways and local streets, which would be good for both Dallas residents as well as out of town visitors. The Arts District as its known today is located in the northeast corner of Downtown Dallas, offering up a slew of retail stores and restaurants as well as a nice balance of both culture and history. Conceptualized in the late 70s and 80s, the development of the Arts District lasted nearly thirty years, beginning with the opening of the Dallas Museum of Art in 1984 and concluding with the 2012 opening of City Performance Hall. The original planned relocation of important artistic and cultural institutions actually concluded in 2009 with the grand opening of the AT&T Performing Arts Center.