Arts and Culture

Irving's Department of Arts and Culture oversees the Irving Arts Center, the city’s historical archives and the city’s museums: 

  • The Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center
  • The Ruth Paine House Museum
  • The Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum

The department is under the supervision of the Executive Director of Arts and Culture. 

The Irving Arts Board was created by the City Council in 1980 and charged with the responsibility of encouraging and supporting local arts activities and with the development and oversight of the Irving Arts Center and Irving Museums and Archives. The work of the 11-person board is funded through a portion of the local hotel room occupancy tax. 

In 2017, the department began the design for a new 22,000-square-foot Irving History Museum, which also will house the city archives. The Irving History Museum is scheduled open in spring 2019.