Dallas Area Cultural Advocacy Coalition (DACAC) will be holding its Dallas Mayoral Arts & Culture Forum so the candidates can address important issues facing the nonprofit arts and cultural community in Dallas. The forum will be at the Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. 75201, on Monday, March 25 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. with a chance to meet the candidates. The forum is free but registration at bit.ly/dallasmayorsforum is required.
Mayoral candidates will share their views on the arts and cultural community, supporting the vibrant and growing nonprofit creative economy, arts funding, the recently approved Cultural Plan, using the arts to address challenges and opportunities in our city, and more. The forum is part of the newly launched Arts Vote Dallas program in conjunction with the state-wide arts advocacy group Texans for the Arts. Arts Vote Dallas aims to engage candidates running for office in Dallas about arts, culture and creative expression and the role they play in building a more vibrant, connected and equitable Dallas. For more information visit www.DallasNeedstheArts.com. As part of Arts Vote Dallas, everyone is encouraged to take the arts and culture pledge here.
“With so many candidates in the Dallas mayoral race, it is hard to raise these important issues at the many debates going on before the May 4th election,” said Joanna St. Angelo, executive director at the Sammons Center for the Arts and president of DACAC. “This provides us all a chance to focus on arts and culture, which have a direct impact on our economy and the quality of life in our city.”
Seven of the nine official candidates have confirmed they will attend.
A study done by the Americans for the Arts showed that in 2015, the Dallas nonprofit arts and cultural sector generated an economic impact of $891M, affecting 33,554 jobs, attracting attendance of 4.6 million and generating $45 million in local government revenue.
The newly approved Dallas Cultural Plan revealed a cultural ecosystem that is highly diverse, robust and growing. It also includes strategies to address challenges, including historic inequitable distribution of resources, lack of work, performance and exhibition space, more arts experiences in underserved part of the city and the need for a sustainable business model for arts funding.
- Mike Ablon
- Albert Black
- Scott Griggs
- Lynn McBee
- Regina Montoya
- Miguel Solis
- Jason Villalba
- Eric Johnson
- Alyson Kennedy
Admission is free, but due to limited space, RSVPs are required at bit.ly/dallasmayorsforum.
Media attending are asked to email Joanna St. Angelo at Joanna@sammonsartcenter.org or call 214.520.7789.
About Dallas Area Cultural Advocacy Coalition (DACAC)
The Dallas Area Cultural Advocacy Coalition is a grassroots organization of members representing Dallas-area arts and cultural organizations. Established in 2007 as a Texas Nonprofit Corporation, this active coalition mobilizes support for issues of importance to arts and cultural groups, arts patrons, and individual artists in the greater Dallas area.