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Dallas Arts Week Celebration Launches with City-wide Photo Contest

To celebrate Dallas artists and the city as a prominent cultural destination, Mayor Mike Rawlings and the Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission are proud to announce the first Dallas Arts Week, April 7-14, 2013. During Dallas Arts Week, residents and visitors alike can participate in this community-wide celebration that embraces, educates and raises awareness of Dallas as an art nexus. The first year will launch with a social media photo contest using the hasthag #DallasArtsWeek and Mayor Rawlings moderating a free panel discussion at the new City Performance Hall on April 10 called Dallas Arts: A Creative Conversation.

“Dallas Arts Week is a great opportunity to show the variety and quality of literary, visual and performing artist in Dallas,” said Mayor Rawlings. “This week-long celebration will become a signature event in our city, and we look forward to showcasing our city’s passion and commitment to supporting and advancing the arts.”

To document Dallas Arts Week, Dallasites are encouraged to share their experiences with art around the city online. Participants can enter the contest and win prizes by sharing their photos using the #DallasArtsWeek hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, or by visiting the photo contest tab on the Dallas Arts Week Facebook page. Prizes include memberships and tickets to exhibits and performances throughout Dallas.

On April 10, Mayor Rawlings will moderate a panel called Dallas Arts: A Creative Conversation, sponsored by the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau. The event will take place at the Dallas City Performance Hall and will focus on the state of the arts. Individuals and organizations citywide are urged to attend and participate in the discussion. Likewise, venues advocating for the arts are also encouraged to host their own events to deepen the dialogue and broaden the spectrum of participants in the conversations reflecting the diversity of artists and venues in our community.

“Dallas’ commitment and support for the arts continues to build each year with a diversity of new talent, venues, programs and events,” said John Paul Batiste, chairman of the Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission, TACA board member and founder and CEO of AVOI, an arts advocacy consultancy. “Dallas Arts Week will bring awareness and celebrate the renaissance that is happening in our unique cultural communities and art centers.”

Dallas Arts Week will coincide with the Dallas Art Fair, Dallas Art Ball, Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month (D’JAM) celebration, ARTsPARK, the dedication of new public art works at Love Field Airport, the official historical marker of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas International Film Festival, Target Second Saturday at the Latino Cultural Center, Dance Planet 17, the League of Historic American Theatres Conference, the Visit Dallas’ BIG campaign and many more performances and exhibitions around the city. KERA’s Art & Seek calendar has a full calendar of events where organizations can submit for the public to discover and enjoy.

For more information on Dallas Arts Week and the social media photo contest, please visit www.facebook.com/DallasArtsWeek.

About Dallas Arts Week

Dallas Arts Week is a week-long event designed to build awareness and appreciation for the cultural renaissance occurring in Dallas. The campaign encourages Dallas residents and visitors to document their encounters with the arts by taking photos and participating in the Dallas Arts Week social media photo contest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Directed by Mayor Mike Rawlings and the Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission, Dallas Arts Week will coincide with Dallas Art Fair, Dallas Art Ball, Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month (D’JAM) celebration, ARTsPARK, the dedication of new public art works at Love Field Airport, the official historical marker of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas International Film Festival, Target Second Saturday at the Latino Cultural Center, Dance Planet 17, the League of Historic American Theatres Conference and the Visit Dallas’ BIG campaign, allowing the entire city to participate. For more information on Dallas Arts Week, please visit www.facebook.com/DallasArtsWeek.

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