Calling all artists – create a submission for Art for Dumpsters competition! Don’t be fooled by the name, it’s a really neat idea spotlighting recycling. Chosen artists will paint dumpsters live at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival.

Full info here.

Sanitation Services is accepting applications from artists and teams to compete in the Art for Dumpsters project, to be held Saturday April 2 during the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. The family-friendly event will include food trucks, music and interactive environmental education. Visitors will also be able to see the artists in action.

Selected artists will paint dumpsters and the final works will be exhibited on recycling containers throughout the city. The Best in Show award will be displayed as a wrap on a City of Dallas collections truck.

Artwork must reflect a message that communicates the benefits of recycling and being environmentally friendly and incorporates Dallas into the theme. Artists are encouraged to enter solo or as a team (maximum of five members). The goal is to provide a creative message about recycling and how it effects the environment and to increase awareness of the City’s Recycling Drop-Off Sites.

For details on how to enter, click CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Final

The revamped recycling dumpsters will be placed in high profile areas to make the surrounding neighborhood more aware of recycling and to engage people in recycling at the site.

For more information on Art for Dumpsters click Art for Dumpsters overview – FINAL


Dallas Public Library one of 30 finalists for National Medal Award

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced that the Dallas Public Library is among 30 finalists for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for community service.

“We are honored to be one of the finalists for this award,” said Dallas Public Library Director Jo Giudice.  “As a public library, we are committed to providing high-quality services to all members of the community, including people experiencing homelessness.”

The Dallas Public Library’s Homeless Engagement Initiative launched in September 2013 to improve its services to the many people experiencing homelessness who visit the system’s downtown location each day to access computers, reading material and as a respite from the streets.

Since its launch, the Initiative has garnered national attention for programs like Coffee and Conversation and Street View Podcast. To date, the initiative has engaged more than 4,000 people experiencing homelessness. For more information on the library’s Homeless Engagement Initiative, visit www.dallaslibrary.org.

“The 2016 National Medal finalists make lasting differences in their communities by serving and inspiring the public,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “As key stewards of our nation’s future, we salute them for their excellence in engaging our citizenry and expanding learning of all kinds.”

The 10 National Medal recipients will be named later this spring and the winners will travel to Washington, D.C. to be honored in the National Medal award ceremony.

IMLS is encouraging those who have visited finalist libraries and museums to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page. To Share Your Story visit www.facebook.com/USIMLS.

Learn more about the 2016 National Medal finalists at www.imls.gov/2016-medals.

Downtown Wanderland!

Join Downtown Dallas, Inc. for Downtown Wanderland, a multi-faceted experience offering a variety of ways to eat, drink, shop, and be merry for the entire season!

First things first, we’ve decorated Downtown to really get into the season.  Featured decorations include the Neiman Marcus Holiday Windows, holiday-themed B&Gs from the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Neiman Marcus Legacy Holiday Collection including the Car Tree at Pegasus Plaza and the Butterfly Garden at Belo Garden, as well as new decorative elements including a 20’ holiday wreath and new holiday tree at Main Street Garden.

Now that Downtown’s all decked out, you’re invited to join us for season-long programming that includes shopping, entertainment, and family-friendly activities, all set to live music, photos with Santa, and more!  We’re also hosting Wander Walks each Thursday evening featuring live music, DJs, live muralists, shopping, and more.

In addition to the tradition of shopping at Neiman Marcus, Downtown’s long-time retail anchor, shoppers will find many more participating retailers to find the perfect holiday gifts on their list.  Of course, participating restaurants, bars, and cafes will offer specials throughout the season to fuel holiday hunger.

And then there’s the pop ups!  Downtown Dallas, Inc. has partnered with Unbranded, a curated pop-up with over 20 brands to shop each week.  The founders of Need, Foremost, and Foot Cardigan, Matt Alexander and Bryan DeLuca, are providing free space at 1616 Commerce Street to a curated group of entrepreneurs, designers, coffee roasters, photographers, and artists.  Join Unbranded for weekly happy hours, DJs, live art, coffee provided by Method Coffee, and pop-up art galleries.

Also debuting this year is Park-It Pop-Ups, a series of unique rolling mini-boutiques rotating through Downtown public spaces like Pegasus Plaza and Stone Street Gardens.  Look for pop-ups like  Brad Oldham Sculpture, Charming Florals & Finds, Downtown Pawz, Kettledrum Allie, and other Downtown favorites.

Featured hours of Unbranded and Park-It Pop-Ups: Thurs – Sat, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Sun, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday evenings for Wander Walks until 9:00 p.m. from November 19 – December 17.


Only in Dallas, Where Horses Can Fly!

We have likely all experienced our unfair share of art and film this past month with Dallas Art Fair, Dallas International Film Festival, Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Dallas Arts Week, and the loads of parties that came with those events. But have you been Downtown lately and really soaked in the arts and public spaces? It seems like temporary (and some permanent!) public art installations have been popping up everywhere Downtown. It’s perfect timing too with the Congress of New Urbanism conference attendees here this week to discuss and collaborate on the demand for walkable places (and even building a temporary park in Deep Ellum!). One of the greatest assets of a walkable, urban neighborhood can be the little surprises you find during your everyday routine. Whether biking or walking, you’re sure to come across these gems along the way – enjoy them while you can!

Here are just a few of the recent public art installations you can find as you roam the streets of Downtown:

The original Pegasus, fabricated by Texlite Signs of Dallas and once perched atop the Downtown Dallas headquarters of the Magnolia Petroleum Co. from 1934 to 1999, has a new home in front of the Downtown Omni Dallas Hotel. Installation just began and should be complete in May. The restoration and installation of the Pegasus is the result of a partnership between the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and Matthews Southwest. The two red flying horses measure 40 feet in length and 32 feet in height and are spaced 14 feet apart. In addition to a new derrick, weighing 12,000 lbs., and a new support structure, weighing 600 lbs., the flying red horse will incorporate a quarter mile of new neon light tubing and rotate upon completion.

SkaterBIRD is a new 22-foot tall sculpture by Brad Oldham (who also created the famed Traveling Man sculptures in Deep Ellum) atop the parking garage at 1200 Ross. Brad Oldham International moved into the ground floor of the parking garage in October – stop by and purchase your own smaller version of many of his sculptures!

The Encore Park Sculpture Wall “The Birth of a City” at 508 Park is a lost-wax bronze sculpture wall created by Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin that features iconic and lesser-known visual stories unique to Dallas. These stories are told across ten 6-foot by 4-foot relief panels along Park Avenue and Young Street.

Mother Earth (#LookDallas) is a 6-foot photograph by Jeremy McKane that was installed at Main Street Garden in honor of Earth Day and will be up through Mother’s Day.

Photographer Richard Andrew Sharum has teamed up with five Downtown building owners to launch the largest street photography exhibit in Dallas history. Observe Dallas 2015 aims to portray instances of everyday life with unparalleled realism, and just received a $5,000 grant from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program. You can see the photographs at these five Downtown buildings through May 31st: 211 North Ervay Street, 800 Main Street, 500 South Ervay Street, 325 North Saint Paul Street, and 601 Elm Street.

The Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas has helped bring in Wings of the City, an exhibit featuring nine of Jorge Marín’s sculptures. The works have been placed in locations in and around Downtown. It is the first time for the Consulate to bring sculpture work to the city, and the exhibit was previously in Discovery Green Park in Houston. Our favorite sculpture, a pair of wings with space between them, is on display at One Arts Plaza, giving people a perfect ‘angelic’ photo opportunity!

One Meter at a Time is a pilot program of temporary public art coordinated by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs that contributes to the visual enhancement of Dallas streets. Selected artists were commissioned to create site-specific public art on the exterior of a set of 10 parking meters in four locations in Dallas. Downtown locations include Elm Street near the Majestic Theatre, Dallas Farmers Market, and Deep Ellum.

Just recently, Downtown Dallas, Inc. partnered with an art conservator to restore the bronze sculpture at Cancer Survivors Plaza. And speaking of parks and plazas, you can find the infamous B&G sculptures at Main Street Garden and Pegasus Plaza as part of the #DallasBIG campaign, where you can put the “I” in BIG.

Of course I’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our visual and performing arts and the many beautiful and significant sculptures in the nation’s largest contiguous urban arts district – the Dallas Arts District, the Dallas Design District, Deep Ellum’s many colorful outdoor murals and street art, the iconic 30’ Eye sculpture by Tony Tasset on Main Street across from The Joule Hotel, the cow sculptures designed by Harold F. Clayton along the Trinity Skyline Trail, and the 30’ tall Bowler Hat sculpture in the Cedars. And ArtPrize Dallas is coming to Downtown – providing even more opportunities to be engaged in public art, complete with the ability to vote on your favorite – for 19 days straight come April 2016.

And if you need another excuse to get Downtown as quickly as possible, you should consider attending one of these upcoming events:

  • Deep Ellum Instagram Scavenger Hunt – “Art Edition” on April 30th.
  • Celebrate Downtown – a must-see tour of rooftops and historic places brought to you by Downtown Dallas, Inc. and Preservation Dallas on May 2nd. You can get tickets at preservationdallas.org.
  • Homegrown Music and Arts Festival at Main Street Garden on May 9th.

Find a complete list of upcoming events at www.downtowndallas.com. Other resources: Public Art Walk and Pegasus Urban Trail.



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Downtown Dallas Featured in Dallas Business Journal Special Insert – July 19, 2013

Downtown Dallas was recently featured in a special insert in the Dallas Business Journal. Click the link below to read about updates on Downtown Dallas 360, the fifteen districts, the Downtown retail market, entertainment districts and economic development.

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DDI Honors Downtown Champion: Jeff West

Some called him a Downtown champion, others called him an artist and others will remember Jeff West as a savvy businessman. He was an active member of the DDI Board and Executive Committee. Here around the DDI office we will remember Jeff as the guy full of life. You always knew when Jeff was in the room. His laugh was contagious. He always seemed genuinely interested in what you had to say, he could always relate and he gave the best hugs around.

Jeff West worked behind the scenes for many years to better Downtown Dallas and improve the city’s arts. He died Monday at 54.  West’s work included 11 years as executive director of the Sixth Floor Museum and five years as managing director of the Dallas Theater Center. At the time of his death, he was working as vice-president at Matthews Southwest, the development company responsible for the Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel.

West helped bring the American Film Institute brand to Dallas during the 3-year run of the AFI Dallas International Film Festival. That event is now known simply as the Dallas International Film Festival.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. President & CEO, John Crawford recalled West’s dedication to the city thru his work in numerous non-profits over the last 20 years in everything from the film festival to working to bring conventions to town.

“One of the marks of success is that you leave a place better than when you started.”  Crawford said.  “Jeff West accomplished that with all he did as an advocate for Downtown and the arts. It’s a sad day for all of us.”

Downtown Dallas Fall 2011 Wrap-up

We’ve been running around like zombies but not because of Halloween. We’ve been working hard to make Downtown FUN! It all started late last month with a new TX/OU tradition thanks to Downtown Dallas, Inc. and Mike Hoque’s DRG Concepts. Football & BBQ – what a winning combination, if we do say so ourselves!

We put a couple of Texas pitmasters up against some Oklahoma pitmasters before the big game. In the end we had Fort Worth’s Cousin’s competing against Leo’s from Oklahoma City and Cousin’s came up victorious, winning the title of Ultimate Pitmaster.

By all accounts, the first-ever Red River Rivalry BBQ Shootout was a tremendous success, bringing over 1500 people downtown for community and good food!

Earlier this month we started the Pegasus Plaza Outdoor Markets and the Fall Movies Series. Today is actually your last chance to enjoy the markets and tomorrow is your last chance to pack a picnic and watch a movie at Main Street Garden.

The Outdoor Markets have been very successful and we want to thank all of the vendors who made it a grand success. We want to especially thank YOU for coming out, spending time with neighbors and supporting these local vendors.  These outdoor markets have created great community and we will hope to explore similar endeavors.

Earlier this week we had our 360 Community Forum and Reception. We began the evening with a quick update on Downtown Dallas 360. You may recall the City approved the plan in April. After the update, attendees were treated to yummy street vending, music, art and cocktails, as we activated Browder Plaza. This temporary urban space is an indication of what’s to come as we complete those “quick wins” laid out in the Downtown Dallas 360 plan.  Whew, what a ride. Again, pardon us if we look like zombies… Fall is almost over!

P.S.  Many thanks to Jaime Clintsman & Dustin Bullard for working day and night to make Downtown FUN!