Where to go for free arts and culture during Dallas Arts Month 2022 and beyond


It was decided in 2013 that April in Dallas would be Arts Month, and this impressively organized effort by the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture offers tangible proof that Dallas Arts Month is alive and strong – former mayor Mike Rawlings would be delighted.

While the Latino Center wrapped up its shows last weekend, there is still time for patrons of the Bath House, Oak Cliff Cultural Center and South Dallas Cultural Center to witness much of the work selected by the Curator Daisha Board. There are a few days of performances and exhibitions left at Moody’s in the downtown arts district (until May 1).

In the case of Bath House, the exhibition runs until the last day of April. (Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Open until 10 p.m. evenings with theatrical performances.) The address is 521 E. Lawther.

In Oak Cliff, the exhibition has just started and will run until May 21. Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. The address is 223 W. Jefferson.

At the South Dallas center, you can visit Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until May 28 – at 3400 S. Fitzhugh.

Last winter, the city put out a call for artist submissions, and (from what we’ve seen so far) the organizers have received a windfall of beautiful, creative, innovative, and diverse materials.

“Through this exhibition, the CAO hopes to discover and develop relationships with new artists, offer artists the opportunity to exhibit their work for the first time in one of our cultural centers or for the first time, and give artists who have already exhibited in a cultural center an opportunity to show their work in another center,” organizers said in a statement.

The office also aims to attract newcomers who are curious about, but have yet to experience our local art scene.

“This collaborative project will also attract audiences who have never visited (or even heard of) our cultural centers, which will lead to cross-pollination of audiences who frequent a specific center but have never known the others”, adds the CAD.

Artists on display at the Bath House Cultural Center in White Rock Lake include:

Chibuzo E. Amajor, Ruda Anderson, Henry Aschner, Sue Baadsgaard, Elizabeth Bentley, Jasna Boudard, Jim Brightwell, Tyra Burks, Eliana Campbell, Amaris Castillo, Ray-Mel Cornelius, Ron Taylor Crouch, Cecelia Feld, Abel Garcia, Jay Gardner, Nick Glenn, James Helms, Christian Ita, Duane Johnson, Brock Kingsley, Solomon Mahlatini, Sabeen Mansoori, Roberta Masciarelli, Ann Mccann, Brenda Mckinney, Julia McLain, Lin Medlin, Martina Noble, Ken O’Toole, Reyna Ramirez, John Reed, Maria Ruenes, Janie Stidham, Shayna Sutton, Claire Terrell, Marin Tisdale, William Toliver, Michelle Torres, Kameron Walker, Kat Warwick, Jomerra Watson, Daniel Williams, David Witherspoon, Kyle Wood and Donna Zarbin Byrne.

Artists on display at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center include:

Armando Aguirre, Samar Ahmed, Amaris Castillo, Justin Clumpner, Hannah M. Cottingham, Ron Taylor Crouch, AnaDuncan-Guzman, Amy Camille Fruit-Dobson, Gina Garza, Ann Huey, Alexandra Hulsey, Della Isaacson, John Koch, NiniLes, Benjamin Loftis , Jas Mardis, Goran Maric, Max Marshall, Romulo Martinez, Roberta Masciarelli, Adriane McCray, Julia McLain, Janak Narayan, Bob Nunn, Tippi Polo, Joy Reyes, Philip Samson, Mack Spence, Donald Thomas II, Nii Narku Thompson, Ortix Viktor , Becky Wilkes, David Witherspoon, Raymond Yeboah and Gordon Young.

The artists of the South Dallas Cultural Center are:

Susan Annand, Cristina Ayala, Jessica Baldivieso, Ed Barr, Grace Bell, Kelly Berry, Rebecca Reagan Boatman, Jim Brightwell, Samantha Buller, Michelle Cesar-Elwazir, Janae Corrado, Aliyah Cydonia, Monica Daucourt, Gail Delger, JanDreskin-Haig, Jordan Duell, Chelsea Emuakhagbon, Johnathon Foster, Nicholas E. Gully, Shahrzad Hamzeh, Denise Holguin, Bill Holmberg, Brock Kingsley, Jeffrey Lee, Alexandra Little, Benjamin Loftis, Tara Lyon, Jas Mardis, GinnyMarsh, Michael Mckenzie, Lin Medlin, Cher Musico , Anakha Nair, Gordon Nanc, Martina Noble, Jill Nonnemacher, BobNunn, Elaine Pawlowicz, Cai Rebecca, Kathy Robinson-Hays, Serina Rodriguez, Jeff Rogalski, Maria Ruenes, Leena Saleh, Martheya Scott, Ashley Shan, Amani Sodiq-Odunaiya, Shayna Sutton, Claire Terrell, Sarah Theurer Hunt, Nii Narku Thompson, Jesus Cristo Trujillo, Michael Van, Jose Vargas, VET, Robert Weiss, Sarita Westrup, Vance Wingate and Barron Wortham.

At Moody’s, artists include:

Armando Aguirre, Paul Armstrong, Michael Carter, Bharathi Dev, Daniel Gunn, Mary Hannigan, Brandon Harris, Justin O’Keith Higgs, Assandre Jean-Baptiste, Erok Johanssen, Edith Juanah, Shoka Kamaria-Ford, Sudeep Kumar, Solomon Mahlatini, Romulo Martinez, Gabriel Moreno, Anakha Nair, Cindy Nguyen, Hanna Robles, Robert Weiss, Gordon Young and David Zvanut.

The complete list of selected artists is available here.

Follow OCCC on Instagram for regular insight into artists, their work and artist statements.

For example, here is Nii Thompson’s Sister’s Love, acrylic and thread on canvas.

Courtesy of Oak Cliff Cultural Center

The jurors for the ART214 2022 exhibition are Marilyn Waligore, Raul Rodriguez, Narong Tintamusik, Gerald L. Leavell II and David McCullough.

Daisha Board was the exhibition curator for each of the participating art venues.

More information about the program and events here.

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