AIA Dallas, the AD EX, and DFW NOMA have come together to collaborate on a four-month long series of on-location meet-ups to sketch and learn about the diverse cultural history of Dallas. Each month’s meetup features a location of significance for Women’s History, Environmental Justice, Hispanic Heritage, and Juneteenth.

These events sharpen our sketching skills as well as our understanding of the form of the built environment that surrounds us and the cultural and historical context that created our current architectural and urban landscape.

Sketching Kaleidoscope will culminate in an exhibit of sketches of these locations and more at the Dallas Architecture and Design Exchange (AD EX) from June – August of 2021.


Whether you are a design professional, a sketching enthusiast, or a beginner looking to improve your drawing skills, we invite everyone to participate. Join us at an event or find a location to sketch, then submit your artwork to be a part of this fun, interactive exhibit.

This exhibit highlights locations that celebrate our diversity of cultures and history in Dallas. You can visit our featured locations or suggested locations on your own, then submit your sketch(es) to be a part of the upcoming exhibit!

In-Person Event Dates & Locations
March 27 from 10am – 12pm at Virginia Savage McAlester House
April 24 from 10am – 12pm at Trinity River Audubon Center
May 22 from 10am – 12pm at Anita Martinez Recreation Center
June 19 from 10am – 12pm at Eloise Lundy Recreation Center

Additional Suggested Locations:

  • Alexander Mansion
  • The Women’s Museum building at Fair Park
  • Bonton Farms
  • New Downtown Parks: Pacific Plaza or West End Plaza
  • Dawson State Jail
  • Pike Park
  • Luna’s Tortilla Factory
  • Latino Cultural Center
  • Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
  • Dallas Black Dance Theater
  • African American Museum at Fair Park
  • Knights of Pythias Lodge


  1. By email. If you would like to visit any of these locations on your own, or view them online and sketch on your own, you can submit your sketch by sending a photograph or scan of your sketch to ejones@aiadallas.org.
  2. In person. On Tuesday, May 25th, between 10am and 6pm drop off your sketchbook at the AD EX! Not willing to loan your sketchbook for the exhibit? No problem, we can photograph pages from your sketchbook for display.
  3. At a meet-up event. Leading up to this exhibit, AIA Dallas, the AD EX, and DFW NOMA are hosting four sketching meet-ups that are free and open to the public. Each month (March – June 2021), a group meets at one of the featured locations to sketch on site. Join one of our meet-ups and we can photograph your sketch while you are there!
  4. On social media. Post a photo of your sketch on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and tag @dallasadex and use the hashtag #ArchKScope to share your work with us.

When submitting a sketch, we ask that you provide the following information for each artwork:

  • The building or location being depicted in the sketch. (required)
  • Artist first name, last name, and email address. Or, if you wish to remain anonymous, please indicate that in your submission.

Call for Submissions

“Whether you are a design professional, a sketching enthusiast, or a beginner looking to improve your drawing skills, we invite everyone to participate.”


For more information about this event series and exhibit, contact ejones@aiadallas.org.