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Walls Project 2022 - Year in Review in Texas

For the past ten years, The Walls Project has been an integral part of creating a brighter future in southern cities by enhancing the quality of place with professional murals, educating youth in tech & digital arts, and leading massive community cleanups. Today, I’m asking you to join me to ensure the next 10 years look even brighter across the Texas sky.


Public Art & Placemaking


Juneteenth Fest 2022, spurred from the MLK Fest events in DFW, created a bi-annual opportunity to engage creatives and residents. SSQDC, Epiphany, and several partners and community advocates which include: Urban Specialists, The Walls Project, RHI management, Dallas Designing Dreams, New Era Management & The MLK Center have all come together to encourage and support residents, organizations, and businesses to come together to restore this emerging part of sunny South Dallas.


This event, held all day on Saturday, June 18th, saw community building, artwork creation, and blight cleanup at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Fair Park amphitheater, and at Gilley's Southside on Lamar. Collaborating artists included Izk Davies, Jerod Davies, Ebony Lewis, Brooklyn Easley, and Ventrill Art.


At Fair Park, a large circular mural was created on canvas, helped by artists and volunteers alike. Hear more from artist Izk Davies in the video!


Additionally, art activities, cleanups, and community-focused conversations were highlighted throughout the event.


Explore the creativity of Juneteenth Fest 2022.



2022 program success was made possible by the support of:


SSQDC, Epiphany, Urban Specialists, The Walls Project, RHI management, Dallas Designing Dreams, New Era Management & The MLK Center


 

Futures Fund


In 2022, Futures Fund welcomed Dominique Dallas as its first Program Director. Through her addition, the program continues to align its web development curriculum to lead graduates to higher-paying jobs in the emerging and lucrative tech industry.


In October and December, Futures Fund held its FREE workshop series of events called BREAK N2 Tech. Conversations around "Employment in the 21st Century" and "Placemaking vs. Colonization" led participants into discussions about new approaches for long-term equitable redevelopment in Dallas, as well as how to proactively engage with them.


This community event featured a diverse panel of practitioners and thought leaders in neighborhood redevelopment, public art, and tech. Through these two panel discussions, conversations were inclusive to culture bearers, private developers, muralists, small business owners, and community members looking for pathways to high-paying jobs in the Tech & Creative sectors.


This series demonstrated the intersectionality of mindful commercial/residential development, arts districts and generational neighborhood residents earning power are all part of the equitable development movement in the City of Dallas.


Celebrate a year of digital and creative tech advancements.



2022 program success was made possible by the support of:


Santander Consumer USA, Moozie Foundation, State Fair of Texas, Capital One, ExxonMobil, Microsoft


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