About Us

In the Middle Ages, cathedrals were erected as wonder-inspiring monuments to God at the heart of a city. The cathedral was not only a place of worship, it was also the center of a community’s culture and education. It was there that visual artists and composers presented their latest masterworks, and where dramatists produced mystery and morality plays to both entertain and teach. This centuries-old creative tradition provides the inspiration for celebrating arts, education and culture in Dallas’ historic Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral.

Founded in 2011, St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts is a center for arts, culture and community in our East Dallas neighborhood. During its first few years, SMCA has partnered with the Dallas Bach Society, La Novella Baroque, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Woodrow Wilson High School, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Chamber Music International to offer free public performances at the Cathedral, along with free public exhibitions in the newly-dedicated Justus Sundermann Gallery from prominent local artists including Carolyn Brown, Connie Sales, Fred Gardner, J.B. and Susan Harlin, Carlos Cázares, Richard Hill and Pamela Nelson.

St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts is a broad-based community of members and friends of St. Matthew’s Cathedral who give time, talent, and treasure to support the performing and visual arts at the Cathedral, raising awareness of the Cathedral’s commitment to the arts and strengthening the Cathedral’s identity within the liturgical and cultural life of our area.

St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts receives no funding from the Cathedral parish or the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. An integral part of the SMCA philosophy is to share the arts with the entire community, regardless of one’s ability to pay. Our present financial support comes principally from patrons and supporters who are members and friends of the Cathedral. Our goal is to generate new audiences, which in turn will provide financial support and benefits to sustain SMCA into the future.

St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts needs you!
Help make this young organization everything it can be. Volunteers are always welcome. Please contact us at 214-887-6552 or send an e-mail to

Read more about Dallas’ historic St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral HERE.

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Click here to read Nancy Cohen Israel’s article in Arts+Culture Magazine