In September 2019, the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) designated the Original Denton District as a cultural district. Celebrate the designation with us on Thursday, Oct. 17 - learn more here.

Texas Commission on the Arts Cultural Districts are formed around an existing concentration of “cultural assets” clustered in a walkable area that a city wants to promote to visitors and residents. Cultural assets include performances and exhibitions, creative activity, architecture, and historical offerings.

Denton has a wealth of cultural assets, and the Original Denton District (ODD) is a new way to embrace and showcase those assets for economic development and cultural tourism, as well as opening up a new avenue for grant funding for projects supporting arts and culture in the community.


Learn more about ODD and how you can get involved below.



The word “original” can mean first or earliest. It also can mean unusual or eccentric – maybe even odd.

The Original Denton District (ODD) is centered Downtown, where our community first began. The area encompasses the creative people, unique places, and authentic cultural resources that make Denton unusual and eccentric in the best way.

Click here to learn more about what the district offers to visitors.


Join us on Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center as we celebrate the official state designation of the Original Denton District.


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