LRTX supports artists in their art-making. All of our programs provide a stipend and a materials budget to participating artists, who are chosen through a proposal/jury process. Then we make every effort to involve the surrounding community, with the philosophy–backed by NEA research–that participating in art-making helps create artists as well as audiences for the arts. Our location in west Oak Cliff gives us a unique opportunity to work with schools and neighborhoods without ready access to the arts and arts organizations.
The Parade of Giants was a one-time event for 2012, a signature event of Bridge-o-Rama, West Dallas’s celebration of the opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. LRTX is coordinated artists working with community groups to create giant puppets representing historical figures important to the evolution of West Dallas. In cooperation with the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce, ArtLoveMagic, and Oil and Cotton. Some of the 15 resulting giants will also be displayed during Upstart Productions‘ production of The Better Doctor, and at Dallas City Hall this summer.
Art Chica@s, an annual program that teams high school students with established artists to create an installation on site that the students then exhibit to family, friends and the general public. Partners include the Deaf Action Center, the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, the Dallas Independent School District, Uplift Education, and the Dallas Art Dealers Association.
Found Object Art, a partnership with the Dallas Independent School District and the Nasher Sculpture Center. Students learn about found object art at the Nasher and then, while helping clean the LRTX site, take some of the cast-off material back to their art classrooms to use to create sculptures. The resulting work is exhibited at the Nasher in spring. Here’s a little photo book created during the 2012 exhibit.
Environmental Art, an annual juried program in which local artists create ephemeral work on site, primarily using natural materials found on the site. Works have included tree carvings (candidate trees have been identified by trained arborists), wood sculptures, privet-vine archways and huts, and carved benches. The current theme is Site and Sound and will include sculptures of wood and steel, and a multi-focal percussion performance.