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Community Matters: Building a Robust Arts Ecosystem through Access and Inclusivity

Art, in all its forms, has the power to transcend boundaries, enrich learning, and encourage innovation and creative thinking.

The Dallas Foundation invites its fundholders and partners to a conversation between The Dallas Museum of Art, KERA, and the Office of Cultural Affairs, three organizations whose missions center on the use of artistic forms to build a more interconnected and vibrant community. Learn about the transformative power of cultivating a robust arts ecosystem driven by principles of access and inclusivity as well as their efforts to ensure that everyone can enjoy and benefit from exposure to the arts.

Following the panel discussion, attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy light bites and explore Afro-Atlantic Histories, an ambitious exhibition that charts the transatlantic slave trade and its legacies in the African Diaspora. The exhibit is funded in part by a grant from the Jean Baptiste (“Tad”) Adoue, III Fund of The Dallas Foundation. Dallas is the final stop for the exhibit’s U.S. tour.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Agustín Arteaga, The Eugene McDermott Director, Dallas Museum of Art
  • Nico Leone, President and Chief Executive Officer, KERA
  • Martine Elyse Philippe, Director, The City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture
  • Moderated by Drex Owusu, Chief Impact Officer, The Dallas Foundation

If you have questions about the event or your registration, please email Ashton Gary, Administrative Assistant at

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