Southern Methodist University | SMU Meadows School of the Arts
The SMU Meadows School of the Arts, formally established at SMU in 1969 and named in honor of benefactor Algur H. Meadows, is one of the foremost arts education institutions in the United States. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in advertising, art, art history, arts management and arts entrepreneurship, communication studies, creative computation, dance, film and media arts, journalism, music, and theater. The goal of SMU Meadows, as a comprehensive educational institution, is to prepare students to meet the demands of professional careers. It is a leader in developing innovative outreach and community engagement programs, which challenge students to make a difference locally and globally by developing connections between art, entrepreneurship, and change. SMU Meadows is also a convener for the arts in North Texas, serving as a catalyst for new collaborations and providing critical industry research.
University of Texas at El Paso | Rubin Center for the Visual Arts
Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is committed to excellence in the exhibition of contemporary art that encourages adventuresome thinking and dialogue. Located at the epicenter of the Americas, it serves as a laboratory for emerging artists and innovative practitioners, providing access for an audience of multiple and diverse communities. It offers our geographically isolated region a direct experience with contemporary art of international recognition and importance.
It serves as a learning site for students from the University of Texas at El Paso and the surrounding community by creating opportunities for student involvement in the planning and execution of exhibitions, and through formal and informal educational opportunities for audiences of all ages.
Arizona State University | ASU Gammage
Arizona State University is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but rather by whom it includes and how they succeed. Its values include advancing research and discoveries of public value, as well as assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural, and overall health of the communities it serves.
For more than 50 years, ASU Gammage has been a top cultural destination in the Valley. The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed performing arts center, located on the Tempe campus of ASU, is one of the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world and a top touring market for Broadway. Home to the Desert Schools Broadway Across America—Arizona and BEYOND series, its mission of Connecting Communities™ goes beyond the stage to impact the community through shared experiences in the arts.
Jubilee Park | Jubilee Park Community Center
Jubilee Park Community Center is a catalyst for comprehensive community revitalization and enrichment in the southeast Dallas surrounding neighborhood, with emphasis on the education of children and adults. Jubilee’s purpose is to improve lives and strengthen community. Jubilee takes a comprehensive approach to revitalization through education, health, safety, economic development and housing.
The foundation for all of Jubilee’s work is education. The Children’s Education Initiative takes a holistic approach to educating children in the community, including Head Start (ages 3-5) and Early Head Start (ages newborn – 3) programs located on the Jubilee campus, an after school program for Kindergarten through 8th grade, summer programs, and weekend activities including tutoring. Jubilee also provides adult education including classes in English as a Second Language and computer literacy.
Jubilee combines healthy meals, nutrition education and exercise initiatives aimed at improving nutrition and wellness for all area residents.The Jubilee Park area is designated as a “food desert” with no grocery store located within the neighborhood. Healthy meals are provided to children in the afterschool program each day and healthy snacks are provided for the weekend.
Jubilee serves as an advocate for residents and a facilitator of community-led initiatives for home improvement. This has included collaborating with community members, corporations and other nonprofit partners to build new homes as well as make repair to numerous existing homes. Jubilee worked with the City of Dallas to build new affordable housing for neighborhood seniors in 24 apartment-style residences. By the end of 2016, 28 affordable homes for families will be built in the neighborhood.
buildingcommunityWORKSHOP | bcWorkshop
The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP is a Texas based nonprofit community design center seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. We enrich the lives of citizens by bringing design thinking to areas of our cities where resources are most scarce. To do so, [bc] recognizes that it must first understand the social, economic, and environmental issues facing a community before beginning work.
As the only community design organization working across Texas, [bc] is unique in its approach to community engagement. We form strong relationships through our collaborative design work, educational outreach activities, and social media channels, enabling us to engage with a broad segment of the population. The success of our work is contingent upon reaching those residents not typically sought out by the design and planning community.
[bc] has been fortunate to receive several awards from AIA Dallas & LRGV AIA, the 2010 National AIA/HUD Secretary's Award for Community-Informed Design and a 2011 National SEED Competition award. In 2013, [bc] was awarded the prestigious Rudy Bruner Award Silver Medal for the Congo Street Initiative. We were recently awarded the Texas Society of Architects Design Award for the La Hacienda Casitas. Little Free Libraries/Libros Libres was also awarded the 2014 SXSW Eco Place by Design award.
[bc] was established in Dallas in 2005 and a field office in Brownsville opened in 2011, and a Houston office followed in 2013.
The McKinney Avenue Contemporary | The MAC
The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) opened in October of 1994 as the first venue in North Texas where contemporary art in all disciplines could be explored under one roof. With exhibitions from regional, national, and international contemporary artists, The MAC’s intimate and flexible space presents art on a human scale. All visual art exhibitions, lectures and literary readings are free and open to the public. Performances are offered at a small admission fee. The MAC strives to make the challenging world of contemporary art relevant and accessible to new and continuing audiences. Since it’s opening, The MAC has set an extraordinary record of presenting over thirteen hundred artists in the galleries, including our annual membership exhibition, with monthly seminars by artists and art professionals. In 2012, The MAC welcomed more than 14,000 visitors to the gallery making it the home of some of the most inspiring, challenging and riveting art in Dallas and North Texas
The MAC is a nonprofit organization that stands as a Dallas advocate for creative freedom offering the opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art in all disciplines. It supports the emerging and established artist’s role in society by providing a forum for critical dialogue with their audiences. This relationship is cultivated through education and innovative programming.
Nasher Sculpture Center | The Nasher
Located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the Nasher Sculpture Center is home to the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculpture in the world. The longtime dream of the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher, the museum was designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano, in collaboration with landscape architect Peter Walker, to seamlessly integrate the indoor galleries with the outdoor garden spaces, creating a museum experience unlike any other in the world. In addition to gallery spaces, the Center contains an auditorium, education and research facilities, a cafe, and an award-winning store.
On view in the light-filled galleries and amid the garden grounds are rotating works from the Collection, which features more than 300 masterpieces by Calder, Giacometti, Matisse, Picasso, Rodin, and many more modern masters, as well as rotating installations by celebrated and emerging contemporary artists. In dialogue with the Collection and special exhibitions, the Nasher also offers an elevated series of special programs, including artist talks, lecture programs, contemporary chamber music concerts, artist-led classes, and exclusive member events, all meant to enrich the museum experience and highlight the Center as a catalyst for the study, installation, conservation and appreciation of modern and contemporary sculpture.
Arts in a Changing America| ArtChangeUS
ArtChangeUS: Arts in a Changing America is a new, five-year initiative that seeks to explore and understand the dramatic demographic transformation of the United States and its profound impact on arts and culture. Led by Roberta Uno and based out of the California Institute of the Arts, ArtChangeUS is creating a vast network of relevant organizations, artists, scholars, idea producers, and resource people across sectors to reframe the national arts conversation at the intersection of arts and social justice. Through a carefully curated series of special events, performances, presentations and conferences, ArtChangeUS will serve as an urgently needed catalyst that brings unheard, leadership voices in the arts to the forefront of social discourse, arts production, and community change. The mission of ArtChangeUS is to reframe the national arts conversation by responding to the cultural assets of demographic change and creating opportunities for artists, organizers, and thinkers to advance cultural equity.
Howlround | Howlround.com
HowlRound is a condition—one that results in a howling noise when sound from a loudspeaker is fed back into a microphone. It’s an amplified feedback loop. This idea of a feedback loop represents the condition upon which HowlRound was born five years ago—as a place for artists to provide feedback, learning, expertise, frustration, and vision. We believe that making art is more than a money game, that ticket sales for a live performance are just one piece of what it takes to claim success in our art form. Access and engagement are our highest values, and everyone, yes everyone, has something to contribute to the learning, the making, and the sharing of art. All of our content comes from our community. We curate by saying yes. We curate by listening to you.
The Meadows Prize
New Cities, Future Ruins is the 2016 recipient of the The Meadows Prize, which is awarded as a key part of Ignite/Arts Dallas, a program launched by the SMU Meadows School of the Arts to foster projects that integrate the arts and community engagement in the broader SMU campus, the city of Dallas, and the arts field at large. Led by Clyde Valentín, Ignite/Arts Dallas aims to engage SMU Meadows in deep relationships with the Dallas community, using the arts to foster connections between diverse groups and to introduce its students to the arts’ critical role in social engagement.
Re-envisioned in 2009, the Meadows Prize is now presented annually to innovative artists and projects in a discipline represented by one of the academic units within SMU Meadows: advertising, art, art history, arts management and arts entrepreneurship, communication studies, creative computation, dance, film and media arts, journalism, music, and theater. The Prize includes support for a residency or program in Dallas in addition to a $35,000 award. In return, recipients are expected to interact in a substantive way with Meadows students and collaborating arts organizations and to leave a lasting cultural legacy in Dallas. The Meadows Prize is sponsored by SMU Meadows and The Meadows Foundation.