Ceremony kicks off week-long grand opening celebration of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts
The Catholic Foundation will announce the winner of the 4th Annual Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition and unveil new larger-than-life artwork on the outdoor Art Wall during a public dedication ceremony in the Dallas Arts District on Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. As part of the week-long grand opening celebration of The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, the unveiling will immediately follow the blessing of the Winspear Opera House and Wyly Theatre.
“We are delighted to honor the talent of one of our local artists in conjunction with the celebration of this exciting time for the Dallas arts community and Dallas citizens alike,” said Edwin M. Schaffler, President and CEO of The Catholic Foundation. “The grand opening festivities of the new Dallas Center for the Performing Arts are truly a celebration of the growth and continued success of everything that the Dallas Arts District has to offer. We encourage visitors to enjoy the free public space of the Art Plaza nestled in the middle of this booming district.”
Earlier this year, the Catholic Foundation invited professional artists living in the North Texas area to submit proposal designs for consideration. A panel of highly respected members of the local arts community chose the winning piece. The grand winner will receive a $2,500 stipend and their artwork displayed on a 28’ by 9’8” wall for approximately one year at the Catholic Foundation Plaza located on the grounds of the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the Dallas Arts District.
Former winners include Marty Ray for her work “Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art” in 2006, Ann Cushing Gantz for her work “Trumpeting Angels” in 2007, and Pamela Nelson for her work “Magic Carpet” in 2008.
The Catholic Foundation Plaza, dedicated in October 2006, was a gift from The Catholic Foundation to the Dallas community to commemorate the Foundation’s 50th anniversary. In addition to the art wall, the 3,900-square-foot public space is an oasis for Dallas citizens and visitors to enjoy.
Chartered in 1955 by a group of dedicated Catholic laymen, The Catholic Foundation is a donor-focused community foundation that guides benefactors in compassionate charitable giving endeavors, utilizing extensive expertise to carry out the various philanthropic goals of its donors. The Foundation’s planned giving programs connects donors directly with organizations they wish to support within the Diocese of Dallas and elsewhere, whether that is a home parish, Catholic school or a community-based charity. Thanks to the generosity of donors both past and present, The Foundation has provided approximately $22 million to local organizations through hundreds of grants over the past 53 years, and donor-advised funds maintained at the Foundation have accounted for even more grants amounting to millions of dollars.
For additional information about The Catholic Foundation, call 972.661.9792.