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One Step Ahead Artist Talk June 17 at SDCC


“One Step Ahead”

Artist Talk
Sat. June 17, 2017 3:00pm – 5:00pm

One Step Ahead is a joint exhibition by Lyndon Barrois Jr. and Kahlil Robert Irving, that excavates a pivotal period of American culture and politics, examining loss as a stifling of progress. Reflecting on the affects of the assassinations of Civil Rights leaders Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Barrois Jr. and Irving mine cultural iconography, both celestial and terrestrial, presenting metaphorical and juxtapositional gestures that bring historic concerns into our present condition. Through both traditional and inventive strategies of making, One Step Ahead draws from the eponymous 1967 song by Aretha Franklin, which touches on time and the inevitability of heartbreak where love is concerned. In acknowledging two lives, two assassinations, and two directions of thought towards the progress of Black life in the United States, the artist hope to prompt past, present, and future reflections on mortality, while working to translate their perspectives into alternate ways of understanding identity and protest.

About the Artists:

Lyndon Barrois Jr. has exhibited nationally, including solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts (St. Louis), and group exhibitions at La Esquina (Kansas City), the Chicago Artist Coalition (Chicago) and Blackburn 20/20 Gallery (New York), to name a few. He received an MFA from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis. He has held residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts, Arteles Creative Center in Finland, and Nes Artist Residency in Iceland. Barrois Jr. was a teaching artist at the Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago and a faculty member at Washington University and Webster University. He is currently the Museum Educator at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

Kahlil Robert Irving is a multimedia artist living and working in Saint Louis, Missouri. He recently completed his undergraduate degree at the Kansas City Art Institute, double majoring in Art History and Ceramics. Currently he is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. At Washington University, Irving is a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow. His work in the collections of the Riga Porcelain Museum, in Riga, Latvia; Foundation for Contemporary Ceramic Art in Kecskemet, Hungary, and the Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. His work has also been exhibited at the Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Kansas City Artist Coalition, Kansas City, Missouri; Glassell School and Museum of fine art, Houston, Texas; and the Visual Arts Center, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho.

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Black Women’s Month @ SDCC (African Diaspora, Exhibits & Film Festival)


March is Black Women’s Month
at the South Dallas Cultural Center
3400 South Fitzhugh
Dallas TX 75210
Phone: 214.939.2787
African Diaspora: New Dialogues
Sanderia Faye in Coversation with Kiese Laymon

Thursday, March 2, 2017
7:30 pm
FreeWordSpace and the South Dallas Cultural Center present the third season of African Diaspora: New Dialogues, a series of free readings and discussions dedicated to bringing Dallas audiences major contributors to the literary life of the African Diaspora.Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University and is currently a Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi. Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, the UK edition released in 2016.This event will be hosted by Dallas novelist Sanderia Faye, whose novelMourner’s Bench won the 2016 Hurston/Wright Foundation Award for debut fiction.

invisible. &
Safe House

Special Black Women’s Month Gallery Exhibitions

Open Reception
Friday, March 3, 2017
6:00-8:00 pm

invisible. is a collection of new work by Ciara Elle Bryant that uses the black female body as a site to explore black female identity in popular culture. Invisible. uses mixed media to explore the themes of power, femininity and social objectivity.

Born in Miami Florida, Bryant is a fine art photographer residing in Dallas, Texas where she recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Performance with a concentration in Visual Arts from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Safe House is an exhibit on the African American coding tradition in quilts and the bond of black women in quilting circles. The quilts feature traditional block-quilting, original designs, and fiber art, quilted by hand as well as by machine. Creativity and improvisation are common characteristics of many African American quilts and theses quilts provide us with insight into a rich heritage and history. Quilts featured in the exhibit come from members of the Quilting Sister of Color Quilting Circle.

Friday, March 10, 2017 | 7:00pm – Black Box Theater
$10.00 General Admission
$5.00 Students/Seniors
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Daughters of the Dust: written and directed Juile Dash – At the dawn of the 20th century, a family in the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina — former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions — suffers a generational split. Talkback led by Angela Ards, Associate Professor of English at Southern Methodist University.

Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 7:00pm– Black Box Theater
$10.00 General Admission
$5.00 Students/Seniors
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Free Angela and All Political Prisoners: written and directed Shola Lynch- Free Angela is a gripping historic account of the events that catapulted a young University of California philosophy professor into a controversial political icon in the turbulent late 1960’s. Talkback lead by Dr. Latrese Adkins Weathersby – Beloved Community Consulting Group.

The Chanelle Pearson Suite – an evening of short films featuring the work of Chanelle Aponte Pearson.

Friday & SaturdayMarch 10-11, 2017 | 7:30pm– Studio Theater
$10.00 General Admission
$5.00 Students/Seniors

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So Young So Pretty So White, produced & co-directed by Chanelle Pearson, is a segment from a feature-length documentary that is currently in development the addresses the global practice of skin bleaching.

Chef Gaby: decolonizing the kitchen, produced and directed by Chanelle Person, is a short documentary about Gabriela Alvarez, a chef, healer, and activist living and working in Brooklyn.

Worry No. 473 of 1000 Worries that a Black Person Should Not Have to Worry About, produced by Chanelle Pearson is a short film made in collaboration with Blackout for Human Rights.

Something to Believe, produced by Chanelle Pearson, is a film that addresses the detachment we all battle, when faced with the world’s overwhelming issues.

Frenel, produced by Chanelle Pearson, highlights the life and work of a Brooklyn-based milliner.

195 Lewis pilot episode, written, produced and directed by Chanelle Pearson, is your introduction to a group of friends navigating the realities of being Black, queer, and polyamorous in Brooklyn, New York.

Ryann Holmes: the work is waking up, produced and directed by Chanelle Pearson, is a short documentary about Ryann Holmes, a community organizer and co-founder of bklyn boihood, a collective of Black and Brown women and transmen working towards reframing and redefining masculinity.

*Chanelle Person and Ryann Holmes will be in attendance

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Lauren Cross: Everyday Use opens March 21 at SDCC


“EVERYDAY USE”: an exhibition by Lauren Cross

In “Everyday Use“, interdisciplinary artist Lauren Cross explores everyday objects and memories as artistic contributions to African American history and culture. Using photographic images and installations, including found family photographs, found papers and objects, sound, and digitally manipulated fibers and tapestries, Cross speaks to the history of “making” within the African American community. Through her own family images and memories, Cross creates installations that speak to the ways in which everyday objects such as frames, fabric, sewing machines, and brown paper bags signify alternative, subversive meanings within African American history and culture. Cross draws inspiration from Alice Walker’s writings “Everyday Use” and “In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens” to revisit the everyday creative practices of African American women and families as not only an art form but as documentation of the influence of makers within African American history. The show opens Saturday, March 21 at 5 pm and runs through April 25, 2015.
Join us as we celebrate the Black Woman at South Dallas Cultural Center.
South Dallas Cultural Center
3400 S. Fitzhugh Avenue Dallas TX 75210

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The Irving Black Arts Council presents “ART: A Profound Impact”


February 7 – March 1, 2015

Irving Black Arts Council invites the public to celebrate the works of Ashley Frye, Dennis Webb Jr. and Beth Ritter-Perry, the featured artists in their annual exhibition commemorating Black History Month.

Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75062


Gallery Admission is FREE

Gallery Hours:
Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00-5:00 p.m.




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Celebrate Black Man’s Month at the SDCC


Two exhibitions open in the galleries that showcase the work of two Dallas African American artists. In the main gallery, Philmore Peterson V shows “Here & Back Again/Black & White Delight” exhibits monoprints and paintings and Kenneth Murray’s “K.R.Murray’s Tri Polar Experience”, a body of mixed media paintings. Mr. Murray, who is also a poet, will have a book-signing. Both exhibitions close June 28, 2014.

Opening Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 5-7 pm 
The Arthello Beck Gallery

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Making Connections Inc. will conduct a La Cultura Cura! Youth Leadership-Cultural Identity workshop. Students will engage in arts activities designed to unleash their creativity in a variety of arts areas. In addition to exploring the arts, students will explore leadership models to help them better understand how to make productive choices in life. To register for this event, contact Making Connections, Inc. at DulceP@aol.com. Students must pre-register to attend as seating is limited. Lunch is provided.

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 10 am- 2 pm FREE
South Dallas Cultural Center Theater

CREATED EQUAL: America’s Civil Rights Struggle presents
Slavery By Another Name
Directed by Sam Pollard, produced by Catherine Allan and Douglas Blackmon, written by Sheila Curran Bernard, Slavery By Another Name is based on the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Blackmon. Slavery by Another Name challenges one of our country’s most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. The documentary recounts how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage, trapping them in a brutal system that would persist until the onset of World War II. This CREATED EQUAL: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Community Conversation will center on how today’s prison industrial complex as continued this legacy of “slavery by another name.”

Conversation facilitator: Dr. Marvin Dulaney. 

The screening is free but reservations required. Call 214.670-0315 to receive your reservation confirmation. Dinner provided. Participants are asked to stay for entire the program.

“Created Equal” is part of the Bridging Cultures initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities produced in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America. 
Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 6- 9 pm FREE
South Dallas Cultural Center Theater
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Black Men in Film hosted by Black Vision Film Series presents “Home”.
BLACK VISION FILM SERIES: Black Men in Film presents an award-winning drama,HOME directed by Jono OliverStarring Graceland’s Gbenga Akinnagbe, Brother From Another Planet ‘s Joe Morton, Heroes’ Tawny Cypress and NYPD Blue’s James McDaniel, HOME is an award winning film that tackles a little discussed topic in Black America. 33 year old Jack Hall is in the midst of an exciting transitional period. Diagnosed with mental illness at the age of 19, he’s had some rough times over the years. But, having gone through dozens of arrests and hospitalizations, he’s brought himself to a point where he has a steady job, a stable place to live, has achieved a high level of recovery in his illness, and is ready to move on. Mature Audiences

Pre-screening reception 7-8 pm.
Screening starts at 8 pm. 

Friday, May 16, 2014 $15

South Dallas Cultural Center Theater

South Dallas Youth Poetry Contest

Join us and celebrate the poetic genius of our youth. This event is sponsored by The We Shall Overcome Fund and is presented in collaboration with S.T.R.U.G.LIN LCG. Students will compete for VISA giftcards, a Samsung Galaxy Tabl3 and other great prizes.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 3-5 pm. FREE

South Dallas Cultural Center Theater
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SDCC presents 
Teo Castellanos D-Projects FAT BOY

Fat Boy is a dance/theater work exploring world poverty, hunger, American consumerism and waste. The core of its choreography is hip hop based and is also influenced by Balinese Rice Rituals and Mythology, as well as traditional Buddhist ritual movement. The work also incorporates Dub Reggae music composed by Grammy-nominated DJ LeSpam and video projections of Asia and Africa. A pre-show presentation by North Texas Food Bank. Mature Audiences

This performance is supported in part by South Dallas Cultural Center, New England Foundation for the Arts, National Performance Network, and Southern Methodist University.

May 23-25, 2014 8 pm. $10
South Cultural Center Theater

SDCC Receives Lots of New Funding! Mo Money, mo money!
The 2014 season is looking pretty wonderful for SDCC. We got our very first National Endowment for the Arts grant ($15,000) to support the commissioning work we’re doing with local performing artists, making it possible for them to create new work. We also received our largest grant to date from the Texas Commission on the Arts ($16,500) that will help us sustain our regular programming while expanding our community outreach to include the Juvenile Detention Center kids. Our special film series “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Add to all this goodness a $16,000 subsidy from New England Foundation for the Arts and we can truthfully say we’re feeling blessed! We also are fortunate to be continuing our partnership with Big Thought/Thriving Minds that supports scholarships for South Dallas kids to attend our Culture Out of School Program. And of course, we remain partners in the National Performance Network which provides funding support for our national visiting artists. Look for us to knock it outta the ballpark this year with programs that will delight and excite, all while educating and uplifting!

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The South Dallas Cultural Center is grateful to our donors! 

Absolutely Blooming!
Action Metals
Michael Benson, Ebby Halliday Realty
Big Thought/Thriving Minds
Bridging Cultures
Capital One
Chase Bank
Class Act Catering
Dallas Arts Salon
Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Weekly
Matthews Southwest
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
New England Foundation for the Arts
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

.Marla Bane.Robert Barsamian.Loris Beckles.Lueretha Booker.Cora Cardona.Dr. Marvin Dulaney.Robert Edison.Janelle Ellis.Dr. Catalina E. Garcia.Mary Greene in Memory of Lovell Jenkins.Curtis Harris.Phyllis Jeff. John Lewis.David Lozano.Vicki Meek.Cheryl Mick.Kevin Moriarty.George Morton.Vickie Washington-Nance. Dulce Parker.Dr. Ramona Rhodes.Kenneth Rowe.Charlotte Schuman Living Trust.Linda Stevens.Gail Thomas.Ava Wilson.Laney Yarber.


South Dallas Cultural Center
3400 S. Fitzhugh Avenue Dallas TX 75210


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50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act call for entries


It’s My Right: an exhibition honoring the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of one of the most important civil rights legislation passed in America, the 1964 Civil Rights Act. With today’s controversy over voter suppression, the curtailment of women’s rights, immigration reform and redistricting, it seems appropriate that we take a look at how far we’ve come and how much further we have to go in the fight for equal rights for disenfranchised groups. Artists can submit work that addresses any aspect of the issues surrounding equal rights. All work must be 2-dimensional and come ready to hang. This is an equal opportunity exhibition so if you have something to say visually about this issue, be a part of “It’s My Right”! All work must be delivered to the Arthello Beck Gallery in South Dallas Cultural Center by no later than Saturday, February 1 at 4 pm. Call 214/670-0315 or email victoria.meek@dallascityhall.com for an entry form. There is no entry fee.

The exhibition dates: February 8 – March 1, 2014. Opening reception is Saturday, February 8 at 5 pm.

South Dallas Cultural Center
3400 S. Fitzhugh Avenue Dallas TX 75210

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Romare Bearden’s Improvised Art, lecture by O’Meally Aug. 8


On Thursday, August 8, from 6–7 p.m., the Amon Carter Museum of American Art is offering Romare Bearden’s Improvised Art, a lecture presented by Dr. Robert O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University and curator of Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey.

Come and listen to exhibition curator and Romare Bearden scholar Dr. Robert O’Meally share insights into the artist’s life and work with emphasis on the Black Odyssey series. This series expanded Bearden’s earlier explorations of historical narratives by presenting his own reinterpretation of the subject.

Call 817.989.5030 or email visitors@cartermuseum.org to register for this free event.

This program on American art, culture, and society is made possible by a generous gift from the late Anne Burnett Tandy.

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Ft. Worth, TX 76107

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