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Business Council for the Arts Announces Annual Project

Business Council for the Arts’ 2013 Leadership Arts Institute Class announces its annual project, entitled Chair Art in the Park, a youth art contest and auction benefiting the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. Open to area students in grades 6-12, applicants must submit an application via the Business Council of the Arts website by Friday, March 15, 2013 to be eligible for selection.

Chair Art in the Park was created to showcase and celebrate the artistic talents of emerging young artists and support an important service for abused children by helping to fund needed therapies, including art and music therapy, at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. Business Council of the Arts’ 2013 Leadership Arts Institute Class has partnered with the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, which manages and operates Klyde Warren Park, on the project. Students selected during the application review process will be given the opportunity to create “chair art” to be displayed and auctioned at Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas during the Chair Art in the Park event on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Cash awards will be given to an overall winner and also to the first and second place selections from the middle school division defined as 6th – 8th grade, and the high school division defined as 9th – 12th grade. All applications will be reviewed by a panel of professional artists, and those selected to participate will be judged on originality and quality of art work.

“We are very proud of the Leadership Arts Class of 2013 and their choice to promote young artists in one of Dallas’ most exciting new public spaces that bridges the Arts District with uptown, Klyde Warren Park,” said Katherine Wagner, CEO of Business Council for the Arts. “We are particularly excited about how this group has worked together to benefit art therapy programs at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center.”

Open to be public for less than six months, Klyde Warren Park has quickly become Dallas’ best-known central gathering place and serves as the new front lawn for the Dallas Arts District. Ideally suited for public exhibitions of arts and culture, Klyde Warren Park was a natural fit for a community-based arts project.

“Since our opening in October, Klyde Warren Park has been committed to showcasing the arts and culture of Dallas,” said Celia Barshop, vice president of business affairs of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. “Projects like Chair Art in the Park support our mission to help bring together people from across the metroplex to enjoy art in the heart of our city.”

The funds raised by the Leadership Arts Institute Class of 2013 will be directed to the Chair Art in the Park Committee to fund awards and support materials for the project. All additional funds raised will benefit the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. For detailed rules and submission guidelines, visit

Those wishing to make a 100% tax deductible financial contribution toward Chair Art in the Park benefiting the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center can donate by accessing

About Business Council for the Arts / Leadership Arts Institute

Business Council for the Arts (BCA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 as an initiative of the Dallas Citizen’s Council by Raymond D. Nasher and other local business leaders to create business/arts partnerships, leading to enhanced quality of life and economic growth for the region. For 25 years, Business Council for the Arts has developed business leaders for nonprofit arts and cultural boards of directors; fostered employee creativity, engagement and creativity through the arts; guided strategic business support for the arts; and measured the economic impact of arts and culture in North Texas.

A program of Business Council of the Arts, Leadership Arts Institute (LAI) was founded in 1989 at the request of businessman and philanthropist Ray Nasher, to develop the next generation of business and arts leaders and encourage passion for the arts in North Texas. Each year, a limited number of business professionals are selected for LAI. The program provides training in leadership and nonprofit board best practices for cultural institutions in North Texas. The methodology consists of ten seminars led by expert speakers and an annual project that serves as a practicum. Upon completion of the program, graduates are individually matched to service on nonprofit boards of directors.

Leadership Arts Class of 2013-2014

Stacie Adams, Crow Collection of Asian Art; Serri Ayers, City of Richardson; Ann Badmus, Badmus Law Firm; Miranda Clark, Deloitte, L.L.P.; Justin Cohen, Thompson & Knight L.L.P.; Ron Corning, WFAA-TV Channel 8; Elizabeth Crusius, Richardson Independent School DistrictKate Eberhardt, Addison Law Firm; Brinkley Eiting, MoneyGram International; Kathy Everitt, Business Council for the Arts; Keila Fairbanks, Town of Addison; Rebekah Feather, Grant Thornton LLP; Tom Fenton, Dean Foods; Shelly Garcia, Dallas Opera; Allyn Giles, Oncor; Joe Griffith, Greenberg Traurig; Katie Grissel, Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P.; Magda Grohman, University of Texas at Dallas; Jessica Hammons, Thompson & Knight L.L.P.; Julie Harding, J.P. Morgan; Lindsey Harmon, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP; Anthony Herrera, Patton Boggs; Catherine Horsey, Sustainable Places, Sustainable Organizations; Gerald Jones, Allegro Guitar Society; Tyler Jones, Grant Thornton LLP; Susan Kennedy, Baker Botts L.L.P.; Steve Lange, AT&T Performing Arts Center; Shelly Locke, Beck Group; Becky Madole, Highland Park Presbyterian Dayschool; Dan Manley, Grant Thornton LLP; Gerald McGaughey, American Airlines; Ryan Miller, Deloitte, L.L.P.; Angie Milton, LOOK Cinemas; Kelly Moore, Gensler; Nick Moore, Grant Thornton LLP; Terry Morawski, Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts; Dustin O’Quinn, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP; Keith Owens, University of North Texas; Stephen Park, Corgan Associates, Inc.; Angie Parra, UBS Financial Services; Bailey Pham, Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P.; Mione Plant, Texas Instruments; Terri Provencal, Patron Magazine; Jill Siragusa, Deloitte, L.L.P.; Benji Smith, projekt202; Logan Smith, AT&T Performing Arts Center; Victoria Snee, NorthPark Management Company; Stephanie Sparks, Jackson Walker L.L.P.; Joni Strickland, United Healthcare; Meredith Strode-Merlo, Nasher Sculpture Center; Paul Theiss, Jones Day; Heather Thompson, Frost Bank; Norio Tsuchiya, HKS; Anastasia Villescas, Jackson Lewis LLP; Phyllis Walker, Big Thought.

About Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center

The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center is where healing begins for abused children. DCAC provides a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse cases in Dallas County. DCAC works in agreement with public and private agencies including law enforcement, Child Protective Services, the District Attorney’s Office, and Children’s Medical Center (REACH Clinic) to streamline child abuse cases in Dallas County. DCAC was a pioneer in the Children’s Advocacy Center movement, and today is recognized internationally for its expertise in child abuse cases, for its cutting-edge therapy programs for victims and for its community and professional education programs. Since opening its doors in 1991, DCAC has provided hope and healing to 30,000 children in our community.

About Woodall Rogers Park Foundation and and Klyde Warren Park

Founded in 2007 to fund raise and build a park over Woodall Rodgers Freeway, the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation transitioned to a public green space upon Klyde Warren Park’s completion in October 2012. Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation manages and operates the property, which is owned by the City of Dallas, with the mission of keeping the park clean, safe and active. The Foundation provides free daily programming that showcases the artistic, cultural and educational organizations of Dallas.

Klyde Warren Park serves as a central gathering space for Dallas and its visitors to enjoy in the heart of the city. The 5.2-acre deck park, designed by the Office of James Burnett, creates an urban green space over the existing Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul Streets in Downtown Dallas. The park includes a performance pavilion, restaurant, shaded walking paths, a dog park, a children’s park, great lawn, water features, and an area for games, providing year-round activities to all citizens of Dallas. For more information on volunteering or donations, please visit

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