Dallas Arts Month to spotlight Cultural Plan, artistic renaissance

Mayor Rawlings kicks off his signature arts event, which includes April 9 Creative Conversation at Moody Performance Hall

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings today announced the second Dallas Arts Month, beginning on April 1. The month-long celebration, which began as Dallas Arts Week in 2013, shines a spotlight on the city’s vibrant and dynamic cultural scene.

“One week just wasn’t enough to showcase all the arts our city has to offer,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “By expanding from Arts Week to Arts Month last year, we were able to involve more artists, arts organizations and residents, and offer more free events. This year is a crucial one for our city, because we are in the middle of developing a new Cultural Plan. This month, let’s celebrate our city’s vibrant arts and culture scene, but let’s also continue to work together to further elevate our city’s artistic profile and make Dallas a place that no artist and art enthusiast can afford to miss.”

During Arts Month, City leaders are encouraging art lovers and those who are new to the arts to explore the diverse array of work being created by hundreds of artists and arts organizations in Dallas. There are several community events, which are free and open to the public, and special ticketed events.

Below are some key events to watch out for:

  • TITAS Presents: L.A. Dance Project
    March 30 – 31, 8 p.m. at the Moody Performance Hall
  •  Festival of Joy
    April 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Klyde Warren Park
  • Mayor’s Creative Conversation
    Dallas Cultural Plan: Working Together for a Creative City
    April 9, 6 – 8 p.m. at Moody Performance Hall
  • Dallas Art Fair
    April 13 – 15 at the FIG (Fashion Industry Gallery)
  • Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month
    April 14, 1- 4 p.m. at Moody Performance Hall
  • Changing Perspectives Block Party 
    Dallas Arts District presents Australia’s Strange Fruit at 8:30pm and 10:00pm, Jessie Frye + local artists.
    AT&T Performing Arts Center in partnership with TITAS Presents | Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District | Downtown Dallas Inc | HALL Group | Office of Cultural Affairs |Texas Commission on the Arts
    April 14, 6 p.m. – midnight on Flora Street
  • Arts Advocacy Day
    April 17, 12 p.m. at the Latino Cultural Center
  • Dallas Poetry Project Finale
    Featuring two-time National Poetry Slam champion, Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre and Dallas Poetry Slam Team’s Awaji Johnson
    April 28, 7:30pm at Texas Theatre

Cultural participants in Dallas Arts Month range from large established institutions to small, emerging arts groups and individual artists. Arts Month kicks off with a TITAS Presents performance by LA Dance Project, as well as the presentation of the 2018 Nasher Prize to American social practice artist Theaster Gates on April 7.

The Mayor’s free Creative Conversation returns to Moody Performance Hall on April 9 and will be a discussion on the emerging insights from the Dallas Cultural Plan. Other free events include Dallas Arts District Block Party featuring Australia’s Strange Fruit, and the first Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) city-wide juried exhibition, ART214 featuring 192 pieces by 137 local North Texas artists in OCA’s four cultural centers. As part of the National Poetry Month, OCA will hold the Dallas Poetry, a series of six poetry events in April.

“We want to continue to bring engaging artistic experiences into communities and neighborhoods,” said Jennifer Scripps, Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs. “We have an exciting literary arts community in Dallas, and OCA’s Poetry Project will show that through our six unique poetry events.”

Councilwoman Sandy Greyson, who chairs the City’s Quality of Life, Arts and Culture Committee, stressed the importance of the arts to Dallas’ economy and quality of life.

“Just as people want to live in cities that are safe and have amenities like parks and libraries, the ability to enjoy artistic expression as a resident is appealing and vital,” said Councilwoman Sandy Greyson. “More than 30,000 workers participate in our arts economy and I know that everyone will be impressed with the wide range of artistic work that will be on display during Dallas Arts Month.”

For more information, please visit DallasArtsMonth.com. Artists and arts organizations may register their events at artandseek.org. Follow Dallas Arts Month on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #DallasArtsMonth.

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About Dallas Arts Month
Dallas Arts Month, first launched by Mayor Mike Rawlings as Dallas Arts Week, is a city-wide celebration of Dallas arts held in the month of April. Arts Month is designed to build awareness and appreciation for the work of Dallas artists and organizations and foster creative learning and activity throughout the city. Residents and visitors are encouraged to participate in events and programming offered by art and cultural institutions from all disciplines