Join us on this arts and architecture themed Journey, where we will show you a side of Dallas, Texas that most people don't know exists!
Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force club of Dallas.
Live With a Local
- Enjoy a program that aims to promote cultural education and understanding, with a chance to see Dallas in a light different from the generally accepted stereotype.
- Experience the Soluna International Music and Arts Festival which is a festival that brings together international artists with our finest arts organizations. Anchored by performances with Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, SOLUNA celebrates Dallas’s rich cultural legacy and diversity of expression. According to Forbes.com, “Soluna Bridges The Gap Between Classical Music And Contemporary Culture."
- Tour of Fair Park, a 277-acre recreational and educational complex. The area is registered as a Dallas Landmark, as well as a National Historic Landmark. Fair Park contains the largest collection of 1930’s Art Deco exposition architecture in the US. Many of the Art Deco buildings were constructed for the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936.
- See the central city with contemporary and mid-century modern buildings designed by six different winners of the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize.
- Visit to the Warehouse Gallery, showcasing the private modern art collections of Howard Rachofsky and Vernon Faulconer - admission is by invitation only, but we have arranged for ambassadors to tour the collection during the Journey.
- Experience the Dallas Arts District which, at 68 acres, is the largest contiguous arts district in the USA. The Nasher Sculpture Gallery, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Meyerson Symphony Hall, Winspear Opera House and Wyly Theater are some of the venues in the Arts District you may visit or where you may attend theater performances.
Lovely accommodation of all ambassadors and we were well fed. Activities were delightful and engaging. - Ambassador Coordinator from Columbia Cascade, October 2016
Arts and Architecture in Dallas
8 Days / 7 Nights Program and Itinerary:
May 15, 2018 – May 22, 2018
Coordinator: Felicity Sentance
All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.
Tuesday, May 15
Arrival day; Welcome party at a local theatre at 7 pm. Please plan for arrival your arrival at either DFW or Love Field airports by 3 pm to allow your home host(s) time to meet you and take you to the party.
Wednesday, May 16
Art museum, theatre or architectural tour in the Dallas Arts District or downtown Dallas.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
Attend an afternoon performance by One Thirty Productions (one of our community theatres) at the Bath House overlooking White Rock Lake.
Small group dinners.
Thursday, May 17
Morning tours of local theatres and architectural sights.
To Fort Worth for lunch and the afternoon and early evening at the Kimbell Art Museum and other sites of interest.
Supper on your own in Fort Worth.
Friday, May 18
A late start since you’ll be out late this evening.
Lunch in a restaurant near the Arts District.
A trip to the Nasher Museum in the Arts District.
Supper at a nearby restaurant.
In the evening, a choice of attendance at one of these two performances in the Dallas Arts District; EITHER: Wagner’s ‘Die Valkurie’ performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jaap Van Zweden at the Meyerson Symphony Center (approximately 4 hrs 55 mins running time with 2 intermissions) OR: ‘Spring Celebration’ performed by Dallas Black Dance Theatre at the Wyly Theatre
Saturday, May 19
Late start since we were out late last night.
Lunch at NorthPark.
NorthPark Mall to see the sound sculpture ‘The Diffracted Symphony’ and the many other art installations in that location.
Supper in a local restaurant.
To Caruth Auditorium, Southern Methodist University, for a performance by Voices of Change, the Southwest’s premier professional chamber music ensemble, of music by South American composers, featuring works by Ginastera, Villa-Lobos, Guarnieri and Aguila.
Sunday, May 20
Free day for you to spend as you wish. We will provide a resource guide to help you decide.
For anyone who does not have specific plans, we can get together to go to the Dallas Arboretum.
Evening farewell party at the clubhouse of one of our members.
Monday, May 21
A tram tour of the magnificent Art Deco of Fair Park.
Lunch at a neighboring restaurant.
A visit to the Warehouse Gallery.
Free evening with your hosts.
Tuesday, May 22
You will be transported back to either Love Field or DFW Airports for your departure.
Know before you go
- Numerous arts locations and free activities will be available, both through the Soluna Festival and unrelated to the festival. We will provide a resource guide to help with participant decision-making.
- Ambassadors should speak English, be able to walk up to two miles and stand for museum visits and tours.
- Average temperatures in Dallas in May are 65-84°F or 29-19°C.
Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.