Community Support

Karen Rike

Flora Lofts is creating ‘infraculture’ in the Dallas Arts District by providing affordable housing to working artists and their families. It completes the original Sasaki Plan vision for the Arts District, to include “a place where the serious artist can work and/or live within the Arts District.” Flora Lofts will provide 43 apartment homes for income-qualified artists, plus nine market-rate residences for artists. It also adds shops, restaurants, public parking and other amenities, expanding services to area residents, visitors and employees and encouraging more tourists to visit the Arts District and spend more time when they do. Without Flora Lofts, living in the Arts District is not affordable for most artists. With it, a mix of qualified arts in this location can help fuel creative growth of the Dallas arts community.

More than 50 arts and community leaders and institution, shown below, have written letters of support for Flora Lofts to provide affordable live-work space for working artists in the Dallas Arts District.

 

CULTURAL

Arts Management and Entrepreneurship, Southern Methodist University, Zannie Voss, Professor and Chair

– Art Professionals of Texas

The Arts Community Alliance

 AT&T Performing Arts Center

 Business Council for the Arts

 Bruce Wood Dance Project

– R. Clay Reynolds, Ph.D.

– College of Visual Arts and Design, University of North Texas, Robert Milnes, Dean

 Creative Arts Center

– CREDO Choir

– Crow Collection of Asian Arts

– Dallas Area Cultural Advocacy Coalition

 Dallas Art Dealers Association

 Dallas Arts District

 Dallas Black Dance Theater

– The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture

– Dallas Museum of Art

– The Dallas Opera

– Dallas Symphony Orchestra

– Dallas Theater Center

 Dance Council of North Texas

– Goss Michael Foundation

– Kitchen Dog Theater

– Meadows School for the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Michael Corris, PhD, Professor and Chair

– Nash Flores

 Nasher Sculpture Center

– Oil and Cotton Creative Exchange of Dallas

 Sammons Center for the Arts

– School of Arts and Humanities, University of Texas at Dallas, Frederick Turner, Founders Professor

– Second Thought, Karol Omlor

 Shakespeare Dallas

 St Matthew’s Cathedral Arts

– Teatro Dallas

– Texas Visual Arts Association

 Theatre Three

TITAS

 Undermain Theatre

– University of Texas at Dallas, Joseph Milazzo, Lecturer, Creative Writing

COMMUNITY

– Billingsley Company

– Catholic Diocese of Dallas, Cathedral Shrine of Guadalupe

– Center for Architecture

– Congress for the New Urbanism

 Downtown Residents Council

– First Presbyterian Church

– Greater Dallas Planning Council

 School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Arlington, Donald Gatzke, AIA, Dean

– The Foundation for Community Empowerment

– Trinity Trust, Gail Thomas, Ph.D., former President and Executive Director

– Veletta Forsythe Lill

GOVERNMENT

– Daniel H. Branch, former Texas State Representative

– Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas

– Royce West, Texas State Senator

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