The Happening

Each year, Artpace presents its Happening, a creative twist on a gala celebration benefiting the non-profit’s renowned contemporary art programs. As a public charity, Artpace depends on the success of the annual Happening to sustain its free, dynamic programming. Please join us for an unforgettable evening that directly benefits Artpace’s residencies, exhibitions, and education efforts—and ensures Artpace continues to flourish.

2014 – Shanghai Swing

Glamorous and intriguing Shanghai in a bygone heyday served as the theme for an evening that celebrated the international scope of the organization’s reach. Artpace guests knew how to Shanghai Swing when Artpace went East.

2013 – Come Glamping With Us

You love creative expression and the thrill of the open road — so do we — which is why we were honored to take you “glamping” for Artpace’s 8th Annual Happening. Guests joined the caravan and claimed their campsites under the Artpace tent.

2012 – Art Is The Future

At Artpace, today’s artists set the foundation for tomorrow. Through our residency, exhibition, and education programs, the future is defined by creative culture, whether we’re nurturing the career of an emerging talent or engaging our youth audiences in conversations about contemporary art. In 2012 Artpace gave you a glimpse into a fantastical world where Art is the Future.

2011 – Under The Big Top

Step right up and prepare to feast your eyes on the grand spectacle that delights and dazzles the senses! Artpace celebrated under the big top at the annual fundraising gala. Featuring overflowing libations, unexpected epicurean delights, and dancing at death-defying heights on the Artpace rooftop.

2010 – Quinceañera

In our hometown of San Antonio, Quinceañeras are elaborate affairs celebrating 15th birthdays. With feasting, music, decadence, and lace, Artpace’s 2010 Happening took its cue from one of the most memorable milestones in life.

2009 – Je Ne Regrette Rien

Inspired by the Olympia in Paris, and chanteuse Edith Piaf, who achieved legendary status on the famous music hall’s stage, guests celebrated with abandon as Artpace brought you Je Ne Regrette Rien.

2007 – In The Limelight

From colorful cocktails in the tent, to fiery cuisine in the galleries and red hot salsa on the cool rooftop, gala guests enjoyed a truly transcendent experience. Attracting a unique blend of community leaders, influential patrons of the arts, and business executives, this annual gala celebrated the spotlight shining on the art world.

2006 – The Black and White Ball

An elegant evening of magnificent proportions was the setting as Artpace re-wrote a legendary cultural happening. Artpace was the place to see and be seen at the reincarnation of Truman Capote’s famed 1966 “Party of the Century,” The Black and White Ball.


An evening of elegance and surprise at the newly-renovated loft of Founder Linda Pace, the inaugural Happening benefitted Artpace’s happening programs.