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; small group pot luck dinners at members’ homes to allow relaxed setting to mingle with home-hosts, members of the club, and other participants.
Wednesday, May 16
Art museum, theatre, and architectural tour in the Dallas Arts District.
Dinner with home hosts.
Thursday, May 17
Visit Fort Worth – Kimbell and Amon Carter Museums for art and architecture tours with lunch at one of the Fort Worth art museums.
Dinner on your own in Fort Worth or return to home-host for dinner.
Friday, May 18
Tram tour of Fair Park.
Lunch at Kalachandji’s restaurant.
Dinner with home-host.
Evening performance (to be confirmed with Soluna Festival schedule).
Saturday, May 19
A late start today since due to the performance last night.
Afternoon tour of an Arts District Performance Hall or theatre.
Dinner near the Arts District.
Evening performance (to be confirmed with Soluna Festival schedule.)
Sunday, May 20
Free day to visit the numerous arts and architectural offerings in this city. A resource guide will be provided.
Monday, May 21
Visits to The Warehouse Gallery and Valley House Gallery in the Dallas area.
Lunch in that area.
Remainder of afternoon with your home hosts.
Tuesday, May 22
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.