DCCCD offers a vital and accessible resource for emerging artists and performers to excel -- a training ground where students and faculty gather to achieve creative expression through their minds, their talents, their hearts and their souls. DCCCD's arts programs produce talented students who go on to study at prestigious institutions in the performing and visuals arts and attract reputable faculty with extensive experience in their respective fields.
Recognizing the significance of supporting a thriving arts community that attracts world-class venues and that plays a major role to Dallas County's economic growth, the Foundation plans to expand DCCCD's capacity to produce more outstanding students in the arts and to support quality instruction. The Foundation's Campaign for Excellence in the Arts will raise awareness in the community about the DCCCD's high-quality arts education programs and its efforts to support Dallas County's transformation into a national leader in the arts.
The Arts Initiative will enhance student and faculty excellence, environmental aesthetics and innovation through the following areas of support:
Provides funds for a central repository of supplies or funding for supplies, removing the barrier of cost in acquiring expensive media for faculty demonstrations and student learning
Summer Enrichment Series
Designed to rejuvenate the imaginations and teaching skills of K-12 arts teachers throughout Dallas County
Provides students, faculty, and the community with direct artistic experiences through personal interaction with a working artist
Allows each DCCCD college and key location to have a commissioned "gateway" sculpture or other significant artistic expression featured in a prominent setting.
City Center for the Arts
Once an old cotton gin, this 2,800-square-foot space located in the DCCCD Headquarters provides an ideal setting for community events, performing arts concerts, visual arts exhibits, symposia and other gatherings
The Arts Initiative committee, chaired by Foundation Board member and well-known local arts advocate Lynn McBee, gathered for the first time on Feb. 22 at Brookhaven College to kick off campaign plans. The committee comprises 37 distinguished leaders in the community with strong ties to the local arts community, including Foundation board members Norm Bagwell, Sally Berry, Robert Hallam, Margo Keyes, Jack Matthews, Lyn Muse, Judy Pesek, Gay Solomon and Robert L. (Bob) Thornton III.
Mary McDermott Cook and David Droese, who served on the committee that McBee chaired for the design of the new Founders' Foyer in the DCCCD Headquarters, also join this "dream team" of community leaders.