EVENT: Creative Arts Center Honors Founder Octavio Medellín with the Debut of Driving Tour & Map
WHEN: Sunday, October 9 from 3 to 5pm during Hispanic Heritage Month
WHERE: City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora, Dallas Arts District
EVENT: Celebrating its 50th anniversary,the Creative Arts Center of Dallas (CAC) is hosting its culminating event honoring its founder, Octavio Medellín, with the debut of the Octavio Medellín Driving Tour & Map printed in English and Spanish. The map features locations of Medellin’s significant public and institutional work that can be found throughout North Texas, including the City Performance Hall, Love Field, the Dallas Museum of Art, The Joule Hotel, the Meadows Museum of Art and other locations. In addition to the debut of the fun cartoon map, the event will feature key speakers including elected officials, representatives from the Office of Cultural Affairs and Southern Methodist University where Medellín’s archives are maintained.
There will also be an exhibition of key work from Medellín at the City Performance Hall on view through December 1presented by the Dallas Adopt-A-Monument Fund of The Dallas Foundation. Entertainment during the event includes a brief play commissioned presented by Teatro Flor Candela, focusing on a mock conversation between Frida Kahlo and Medellín who were both born in 1907; the W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy Student Mariachi Band; dancers from Alegre Ballet Folklórico and drop-in art activities presented by CAC’s Art as a Second Language program. The event is free and open to the public.
FUNDERS/SPONSORS: Media sponsors for the event are The Dallas Morning News/Al Dia, Univision and Arts & Culture Magazine with additional support from the City of Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs, City Performance Hall, Latino Cultural Center and Humanities Texas. Additional sponsors for the event are Ben E. Keith Co.; Center for the Advancement & Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA); Dallas Arts District; Dallas Downtown, Inc.; Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Co; Gensler; Hall Group; Thompson & Knight LLP and Trinity Ceramics Supply Co.
The 50th anniversary year began at the Latino Cultural Center with the retrospective The Legacy of Octavio Medellín: His Life & Influence followed by CAC’s signature fundraiser, the Blue Plate Special in April. Honorary Co-Chairs for CAC’s 50th anniversary are Patricia B. Meadows and Gail Sachson with Todd C. Hedrick serving as the event chair.
About CAC: CAC is now located on a two-acre campus off of Ferguson Road in White Rock Hills, four miles east of downtown Dallas. Last year, more than 1,500 students took more than 500 classes and workshops at CAC. As a nonprofit community arts organization and school of visual arts geared to working artists and adult students of all skill levels, CAC is an incubator for emerging artists.
About Octavio Medellin:
Octavio Medellín’s life and art embody the powerful narrative comprised of countless lives that have emigrated from Mexico to the United States and transcended the cultural boundaries of each to forge a new Mexican American identity or a life that Medellín described himself as “American of Mexican heritage.” Just as his life traces the path to embracing a new national identity while paying tribute to one’s ethnic and cultural origins, his opus is a reflection of the synthesis of different artistic traditions to develop a new and distinct form of creative power. Medellín’s life and career bookend the 20th century, a period when artistic expression through a multitude of channels including Modernism, American Regionalism and Social Realism became “modern art,” and when American society witnessed large-scale migration from Mexico beginning with the bloody Mexican Revolution in 1910 and continuing with waves of post-NAFTA immigration in the 1990’s. Medellín was a prolific and successful artist with work exhibited throughout Texas and the nation, including New York’s 1939 World’s Fair and the MoMA. In addition to creating art, Medellín spent decades sharing his talents as a teacher at the DMA; Southern Methodist University; North Texas College, now UNT; and his own Medellín School of Sculpture, now CAC. Medellín passed away in Dallas in 1999, yet his art and legacy are very much alive.