Friday, May 24, 2024 May 24, 2024
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The Dallas Arts District Family Portrait

These 25 people—artistic directors, restaurateurs, developers, curators—represent the hundreds who dreamt and toiled and sacrificed to make the Arts District a reality.
photography by Randal Ford

Before the photo shoot, our deputy art director, David Radabaugh, took the stage and said the following to those assembled in the Wyly Theatre: “A modern Italian on her way to lunch can casually pass the same stones where Pope Leo the Great and Attila the Hun bartered for the fate of Rome. We can barely wrap our heads around the idea of interacting with history in this way. But in 100 years, 250 years, when people celebrate the anniversary of the Arts District, they’ll find this photograph we’re shooting here today. They’ll see your faces and say, ‘These are the people who laid the stones where we celebrate our culture. These are the people who started the traditions that we pass from generation to generation.’ We can’t imagine the impact this place will have on people’s lives. I proposed to my wife inside one of the sculptures at the Nasher. No one could have predicted this. The Arts District is not just a place for exhibition; it’s not just a place for performance; it’s a place for the art of life. My job is to tell this story in a visual way. Randal’s job is to give it form. Your job, for the next hour, is to represent the hundreds of people who dreamt and toiled and sacrificed to make the Arts District a reality.”


A. Charles Santos, executive director and artistic director, TITAS

B. Amy Lewis Hofland, director, Crow Collection of Asian Art

C. Mark Nerenhausen, president and CEO, Dallas Center for the Performing Arts

D. Tracie Fraley, principal, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

E. Paul Pinnell, owner, Dali Wine Bar & Restaurant

F. Bonnie Pitman, the Eugene McDermott Director, Dallas Museum of Art

G. Roslyn Walker, senior curator of the arts of Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific and the Margaret McDermott Curator of African Art, Dallas Museum of Art

H. Christopher Adkins, principal cellist, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

I. Errika Y. Flood-Moultrie, senior director of marketing, Dallas Black Dance Theatre

J. Stephan Pyles, chef and owner, Stephan Pyles

K. Jed Morse, acting chief curator, Nasher Sculpture Center

L. John Sughrue, chief executive officer, Brook Partners (f.i.g., Museum Tower)

M. Veletta Forsythe Lill, executive director, Dallas Arts District

N. Jeremy Strick, director, Nasher Sculpture Center

O. Mark Depker, executive vice president, Hall Financial Group

P. Trammell S. Crow, president, Crow Family Foundation, Crow Collection of Asian Art

Q. Isabella Crow, daughter of Trammell S. Crow

R. Lucy Billingsley, partner, Billingsley Company and developer of One Arts Plaza

S. Phillip Drayer, chief operating officer, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

T. Shiyuan Yuan, curator, Crow Collection of Asian Art

U. Jeffrey Grove, the Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum of Art

V. Kevin Moriarty, artistic director, Dallas Theater Center

W. Nash Flores, chairman of the building campaign, Booker T. Washington High School for The Performing & Visual Arts

X. Teiichi Sakurai, owner and chef, Tei An

Y. Jonathan Pell, artistic director, Dallas Opera