Irving Arts District: A Cultural Hub for Any Lifestyle
Irving Arts District: A Cultural Hub for Any Lifestyle
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This is one in a series of blogs that takes deep dives into neighborhoods to give readers a sense of life in that community. In this blog we take a look at the cultural hub that is the Irving Arts District.
Irving Arts District - Irving, TX
Irving Arts District, located just west of the University of Dallas, in North Irving, is home to about 6,000 people and spans a little less than a square mile. It is located between Highway 183 to the south, George Bush Turnpike and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to the west, John W. Carpenter Freeway to the north, and Highway 12 and the University of Dallas to the east. The Arts District hosts the Irving Arts Center, plenty of restaurants, and plenty to do across the district and Irving as a whole.
The neighborhood features a good mix of affordable houses, apartments, and condos. Home values in the neighborhood have experienced 43% growth since 2014, and prices range from $199,000 to $351,000. Monthly rental prices at the time of publication range from $1,685 to $1,900 a month.
Irving Arts District is fairly young, with a median age of 31 and 20% of the population falling between the ages of 25 and 29. The median household income for the neighborhood is $50,133. Approximately 78% of residents have graduated high school and 25% of residents have a university degree. Latest census figures place 15.2% of residents below the poverty line.
With a WalkScore® of 43, the neighborhood is car-dependent for daily tasks or even for the daily commute. There are Dart rail stations a 10 minute drive from the Arts District and other public transportation options such as nearby bus stops, but relying solely on public transit can be a challenge. Uber, Lyft, and Curb ride hail apps will get you a car with limited wait time.
Plenty of beautiful bike and walking trails are available across Irving. Mandalay Canal Walk at Los Colinas is a gorgeous walk passing shops, offices, and restaurants. It follows a serene, winding canal with ducks. Events are often hosted on the canal, including Illuminate Irving. Campion Trail is a beautiful 22-mile greenbelt along the Elm Fork and West Fork of the Trinity River that is perfect for walking, biking, and jogging.
Food & Shopping
For farmers markets, check out Las Colinas Farmers Market or Grand Prairie’s Farmers Market, which are both within a 15-20 minute drive and available year round on Saturdays. Grocery options include Tom Thumb and Kroger.
Source: Las Colinas Farmers Market
Food options are extensive and diverse throughout the Arts District and greater Irving. Barbecue, Mexican, and Tex-Mex options are plentiful, as well as other options such as Italian. If you’re looking to expand your palate, stop by Vila Brazil for authentic Brazilian food. La Margarita offers a twist on traditional Mexican cuisine with options such as Applewood Smoked Bacon Wrapped Shrimp. If you’re looking for elevated surf ‘n’ turf with a Texas twist look no further than LAW Restaurant offering amazing buffets of meats, poultry, and seafood. Via Real offers diners a mix of Southwestern and Mexican options. Stop by the Italian Cafe to feed your Italian crave with some pizza or pasta.
The city of Irving has plenty of fun venues and activities. The Toyota Music Factory hosts events throughout the week including beer and barbecue pairing, live music, and brunch. Restaurants and pubs are available throughout the venue offering a great combination of dining and entertainment space. Attached to the Toyota Music Factory is the Irving Convention Center, which provides 100,000 square feet of event and meeting space. The convention center hosts events for a wide range of groups, from the Dallas Tattoo Expo to the Texas Bridal & Wedding Expo.
Source: Toyota Music Factory
Lee Park Recreation Center, located within the Irving Arts District, features a fitness center, a swimming pool, a full kitchen and grill, as well as basketball and racquetball courts. There are options for kids and teens including after school programs, a playground, and a teen center and game room.
The Cottonwood Valley Golf Course and Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club are both 5 minutes from the Arts District and offer two 18-hole golf courses for members. Both courses offer golf lessons for those looking to learn the sport.
A variety of strong schools are available in Irving. The lowest public school score from GreatSchools.org is a 4 out of 10, but most score 5-6 or above. Those schools in or closest to the Arts District score in the 5s and 6s, while schools ranked more highly by GreatSchools are primarily north of the Arts District and feature different focuses for students of all interests.
College is available within Irving with the University of Dallas less than 10 minutes from the Arts District. Other options include the University of Texas at Dallas, a 30-minute commute from the neighborhood, and Southern Methodist University, a 20-minute commute from the neighborhood.
The Irving Arts District is home to the Irving Arts Center, which contains 10 resident art organizations. The center provides its community with the opportunity to be a part of the arts. Community members are able to participate as artists, actors, musicians, or even handle the behind the scenes tasks for these events. Programs are available for kids, young adults, and adults alike, including weekend events, schools, and camps. Upcoming exhibits include children’s book illustrations, traditional art, and photographs.
Source: Irving Arts Center
Be sure to check out the Meetups boards for art-interested groups in the area. Groups for fashion illustration, poetry, and spoken word events are available.
Irving is home to several museums, including the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center, sharing the heritage of the oldest African-American communities in Dallas, the Ruth Paine House Museum, teaching more about the death of John F. Kennedy, and the Mustangs of Los Colinas Museum, which discusses the process of developing the Mustangs of Los Colinas Sculpture.
While the Irving Arts District community is able to participate in community events and activities at the Irving Arts Center, there are many other options all across Irving to be a part of the community. At the Irving Community Theater, residents are able to audition for roles involving singing, acting, dancing, or playing musical instruments. The entire group is run by volunteers and provides for a great way to get involved with the arts community.
The Irving All Sports Association is an organization which hosts and organizes over 10 local athletics groups all across Irving. The organization works with adults and children alike coordinating sports leagues for sports such as soccer, baseball, softball, and many others. Meanwhile, the organization offers scholarships to high school seniors for tuition, books, and housing.
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