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A Colorful Can-Do Collab

How our city’s new destination brand came to life.
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What happens when 6 local artists collaborate with some of Dallas’ most dynamic can-do personalities? An iconic new brand campaign. You’ve probably been seeing some colorful and creative billboards, kiosks, and banners around town lately. There’s a story behind all of that inspirational artwork and can-do spirit, and it involves some of Dallas’ most impactful personalities and Dallas’ diverse and talented community of artists.

This multi-media campaign is the brainchild of the Visit Dallas team and their advertising agency, who wanted to express the new city brand by celebrating those who embody that mindset the most: the “can-doers”. Each of these difference makers was paired with a local artist to create a unique portrait of their Maverick, can-do spirit.

Artist Jeremy Biggers painted Dallas Mavericks’ President/CEO Cynt Marshall and WNBA Dallas Wings superstar Arike Ogunbowale.

Artist Hatziel Flores painted Daron Babcock, Founder of Bonton Farms and brothers Terrence and Tim Maiden of the Maiden Foundation.

Artist Haylee Ryan painted Chef Michelle Carpenter of Restaurant Beatrice and Zen Sushi.

Artist Michelle Dekkers depicted owner Daisha Board of Daisha Board BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ Contemporary Art Gallery.

Artist Armando Sebastian painted culinary innovator and James Beard Award semifinalist Chef Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman of restaurant Jose.

Artist Blake Wright created and contributed more than 150 hand-drawn illustrations depicting the maverick, can-do spirit and inspired mindset of the people of Dallas.


To nominate a future “Can-Doer” for recognition and to learn more about the artwork visit DallasCanDo.com.

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