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09/09/2021
Fair Park Cultural District – Exciting things are happening here.

Exciting news. Check out the below press release from Fair Park, TX:

DALLAS (September 9, 2021) - The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) announced today that it approved the official designation of the Fair Park Cultural District as a new cultural district in the State of Texas. Cultural districts are special zones that harness the power of cultural resources to stimulate economic development and community revitalization. Official designation allows cultural districts and qualifying resident arts organizations to apply for significant Cultural District Project funding through TCA.

“This is a well-deserved recognition for a cultural cornerstone of our city and our state,” said Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson. “Fair Park and its surrounding communities have long boasted unique artwork, beautiful architecture, renowned events, iconic entertainment venues, and amazing people. With this designation, we can build an even brighter future for Fair Park while honoring its rich history.”

The Fair Park Cultural District encompasses the historic campus of Fair Park and all of its resident institutions, including the Hall of State (Dallas Historical Society), the African American Museum, The Music Hall (Dallas Summer Musicals), and WRR, among others. It also includes the South Dallas Cultural Center, Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House, the Forest Theater, Ash Studios, and the surrounding South Dallas neighborhoods of Expo Park, South Boulevard-Park Row, Wheatley Place, Queen City, and a portion of Jubilee Park and Forest Heights. Overall, there are 11 art galleries and music studios, 19 live music and performance venues, 22 arts organizations, 25 non-profit organizations, over 270 murals and public art installations, and over 180 annual cultural festivals. As Dallas’s earliest community for African Americans and European immigrants, the Fair Park Cultural District embodies an under-represented part of Texas history.

Fair Park First, the non-profit organization charged with management and stewardship of the historic Fair Park campus, spearheaded the cultural district application process. Fair Park First will lead the direction of the cultural district in close partnership with the district’s institutions and stakeholders.

“Official recognition of Fair Park as a State of Texas Cultural District is the formal acknowledgment of what we Dallasites have long known,” said Jennifer Scripps, Director of the Office of Arts and Culture for the City of Dallas. “The cultural assets within the park – the Dallas Summer Musicals, the African American Museum, and the Historical Society to name just a few – as well as the City’s neighboring facilities at the South Dallas Cultural Center and the Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House are treasures that should be promoted to all our residents and visitors.”

The TCA is the only body able to officially designate cultural districts on behalf of the State. Cultural districts are marketable tourism assets that highlight the distinct identity of a community and encourage in-state, out-of-state, and international visitors. Cultural district development helps a community boost its economy while realizing other cultural and civic benefits. The outcomes of cultural districts extend beyond the arts and benefit all members of a community.

“Fair Park was the original cultural district of Dallas, so it’s encouraging that it is now official,” said Dr. Harry Robinson of the African American Museum. “Having this designation will bring better awareness and fundraising opportunities to the institutions in the area. It’s a plus for us all.”

For more information about the Fair Park Cultural District, visit www.fairparkculturaldistrict.com or email [email protected].

09/06/2021
Thursday is Hansen’s final day as WFAA-TV’s sports broadcaster after 38 years in the job. During his career, Hansen beca...
09/02/2021
Mayor Johnson proclaims ‘Dale Hansen Day’ in Dallas

Thursday is Hansen’s final day as WFAA-TV’s sports broadcaster after 38 years in the job. During his career, Hansen became a Dallas media icon and has received national recognition for his commentary and coverage of Dallas sports.

DALLAS — Mayor Eric Johnson has issued a proclamation declaring Thursday as “Dale Hansen Day” in Dallas.

The Dallas City Council is discussing the upcoming city budget today. Soon: proposed budget amendments. Tune in here:
09/01/2021
City Council Video Stream

The Dallas City Council is discussing the upcoming city budget today. Soon: proposed budget amendments. Tune in here:

The cablecast of City Council Meetings and other programming can be viewed on the Dallas City News Network on these television providers:

To encourage the planting of new hardwood trees, Branch Out Dallas will be giving away a free five-gallon tree to Dallas...
08/31/2021
Branch Out Dallas offering free trees to Dallas residents - Dallas City News

To encourage the planting of new hardwood trees, Branch Out Dallas will be giving away a free five-gallon tree to Dallas residents.

The Branch Out Dallas Tree Giveaway Program is returning for another year to provide trees to residents at no cost! The program was started by the Dallas Water Utilities department as an effort to reduce the Heat Island Effect and increase the overall tree canopy in the city. Each tree planted helps...

"Homelessness is one of the city’s most pressing issues. But because of that complex nature of homelessness, it is far m...
08/30/2021
Making strides on homelessness in Dallas (and other updates)

"Homelessness is one of the city’s most pressing issues. But because of that complex nature of homelessness, it is far more than a City of Dallas problem to solve. That is why, in the State of the City speech, I called on private partners and every level of government 'to do more to address the root causes of homelessness' in the region and asserted that only 'a collective effort' could help turn the tide."

Now, it is up to city staff and the partners in this effort to ensure that this plan is properly implemented and executed.

“Dallas is a vibrant and diverse city,” Mayor Eric Johnson said. “This proclamation serves as a way to honor our city’s ...
08/26/2021
Mayor Johnson signs official proclamation declaring August ‘Black Business and Philanthropy Month’…

“Dallas is a vibrant and diverse city,” Mayor Eric Johnson said. “This proclamation serves as a way to honor our city’s incredible Black businesses and philanthropists, who are pillars of our communities. They deserve our recognition and support.”

DALLAS — Mayor Eric Johnson has issued an official proclamation declaring the month of August 2021 “Black Business and Philanthropy Month”…

Photos from Eric Johnson's post
08/24/2021

Photos from Eric Johnson's post

"It is clear after the meeting that city management must now ensure that the district attorneys who have jurisdiction in...
08/23/2021
A new era of accountability at Dallas City Hall

"It is clear after the meeting that city management must now ensure that the district attorneys who have jurisdiction in Dallas have the information needed to move forward with criminal prosecutions. Internally, they must also put policies and procedures in place so that this never happens again."

The loss of digital evidence in pending criminal cases remains a serious matter that will require continued attention.

The column, titled “Make a deal and get it done: The case for more bipartisanship,” asserts that the national debate ove...
08/19/2021
Mayor Johnson calls for more bipartisan action on major issues in Roll Call column

The column, titled “Make a deal and get it done: The case for more bipartisanship,” asserts that the national debate over President Joe Biden’s agenda “is about far more than the cost of rebuilding our country’s crumbling infrastructure. It is about rebuilding our nation’s political discourse.”

DALLAS — In a new column published Thursday by Roll Call, Mayor Eric Johnson lauded the U.S. Senate’s recent passage of a bipartisan…

A special-called joint meeting of the City Council Government Performance and Financial Management Committee and the Pub...
08/19/2021
City Council Video Stream

A special-called joint meeting of the City Council Government Performance and Financial Management Committee and the Public Safety Committee is about to begin. On the agenda: the Dallas Police Department data loss. Tune in:

The cablecast of City Council Meetings and other programming can be viewed on the Dallas City News Network on these television providers:

Key appointments made to the Regional Transportation Council, North Central Texas Council of Governments, VisitDallas, a...
08/18/2021
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announces appointments to key organizations

Key appointments made to the Regional Transportation Council, North Central Texas Council of Governments, VisitDallas, and the North Texas Commission.

DALLAS — Mayor Eric Johnson on Wednesday announced he has appointed City Councilmembers to represent the city’s interests at the Regional…

ICYMI: Mayor Eric Johnson and The DEC Network have partnered to create the Mayor's Startup Package — a collection of $50...
08/17/2021
Mayor Johnson Partners With The DEC on a New Startup Package for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs » Dallas Innovates

ICYMI: Mayor Eric Johnson and The DEC Network have partnered to create the Mayor's Startup Package — a collection of $500k of free and discounted services that can help small businesses and entrepreneurs grow. Read more:

Local entrepreneurs and small business owners can apply now to receive discounted and free services—from Amazon, IBM, Google, Dell, Microsoft, and more—to go toward cloud services, software, tech consulting, training and education, inbound marketing, networking, events, and accelerators.

Kids have through Saturday to log their reading for "SMART Summer with Mayor Johnson" so they can win great prizes. Visi...
08/13/2021

Kids have through Saturday to log their reading for "SMART Summer with Mayor Johnson" so they can win great prizes. Visit DallasLibrary.Beanstack.com now!

Dallas experienced robust population growth in the last decade — outpacing the growth in the U.S. population — and held ...
08/12/2021
Census release shows America is more diverse and more multiracial than ever

Dallas experienced robust population growth in the last decade — outpacing the growth in the U.S. population — and held strong at its ranking as the ninth-largest city in the country.

Non-Hispanic White Americans continue to be the most prevalent group in every state, except for in California, Hawaii and New Mexico, as well as in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Joining the Committee will help expand Mayor Johnson’s push to enhance the city’s global economic ties and international...
08/09/2021
Mayor Eric Johnson joins Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations

Joining the Committee will help expand Mayor Johnson’s push to enhance the city’s global economic ties and international stature — a key part of his Build for the Future agenda for Dallas.

DALLAS — Mayor Eric Johnson on Friday announced that he has joined the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations.

“I am imploring all of our Dallas residents to please get vaccinated as soon as possible,” Johnson said.
08/05/2021
Dallas Mayor Promotes COVID-19 Vaccines

“I am imploring all of our Dallas residents to please get vaccinated as soon as possible,” Johnson said.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said Wednesday he is doing all he can to promote vaccines and stop the COVID-19 pandemic, as positive cases and hospitalizations keep rising among unvaccinated people with the delta variant surge.

08/04/2021

Encouraging vaccinations and announcing some of the Mayor’s Vaccine Raffle prize winners today with The Dallas Foundation.

08/03/2021

Our first #MayorsVaccineRaffle prize winner picked up his prize today! Josh is a public school teacher and recently got vaccinated to help protect his community and slow the spread of #COVID19. He entered the raffle and won a BBQ grill! 🎟 #GetVaccinated #StayOnGuard

08/02/2021

The Dallas City Council is back from recess. The council's Environment & Sustainability Committee is meeting now, and the Economic Development Committee is meeting this afternoon.

On Wednesday, the City Council will receive briefings about the digital equity plan and the Real-Time Rapid Rehousing strategy.

Stay engaged, and get ready for budget season!

The initial registration deadline was Friday, but the maximum registrant number was reached by Thursday afternoon. The f...
07/29/2021
Registration closes for 25th annual Mayor’s Back to School Fair

The initial registration deadline was Friday, but the maximum registrant number was reached by Thursday afternoon. The fair this year will provide more than 10,000 supply packs to students this year — more than in any previous year.

DALLAS — Registration closed Thursday for the 25th annual Mayor’s Back to School Fair.

Mayor Eric Johnson advocated for Dallas to adopt a violence interrupter program as one of his Task Force on Safe Communi...
07/27/2021
Dallas Cred Wants to Help the City Heal

Mayor Eric Johnson advocated for Dallas to adopt a violence interrupter program as one of his Task Force on Safe Communities recommendations. Johnson formed the task force in August 2019 to receive recommendations for non-law enforcement solutions to crime and violence in Dallas.

“We cannot and should not rely on police alone to stop the violent crime increases in our city,” Johnson said in a statement. “Violence interrupters, which were highly recommended by my Task Force on Safe Communities, will stop conflicts before they become violent and can help our people and our neighborhoods to grow and thrive."

Dallas Cred violence interrupters fan out to four crime-heavy areas of the city. They don’t intervene in active violent situations. Their job is to interrupt patterns that lead to violent behavior and wreak havoc on communities.

Mayor Eric Johnson advocated for Dallas to adopt a violence interrupter program as one of his Task Force on Safe Communi...
07/27/2021
Dallas Cred Wants to Help the City Heal

Mayor Eric Johnson advocated for Dallas to adopt a violence interrupter program as one of his Task Force on Safe Communities recommendations. Johnson formed the task force in August 2019 to receive recommendations for non-law enforcement solutions to crime and violence in Dallas.

“We cannot and should not rely on police alone to stop the violent crime increases in our city,” Johnson said in a statement. “Violence interrupters, which were highly recommended by my Task Force on Safe Communities, will stop conflicts before they become violent and can help our people and our neighborhoods to grow and thrive."

Dallas Cred violence interrupters fan out to four crime-heavy areas of the city. They don’t intervene in active violent situations. Their job is to interrupt patterns that lead to violent behavior and wreak havoc on communities.

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