CULTURAL EQUITY – ORGANIZATIONS (CEO)
CULTURAL EQUITY – INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS (CEA)
The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs works to enhance the vitality of the city and the quality of life for all Dallas citizens by creating an environment wherein arts/cultural organizations and individual artists thrive and all people enjoy opportunities for creative expression and the celebration of our community’s multicultural heritage. For FY16-17 OCA is focusing on Cultural Equity.
Our mission is to establish a cultural system that ensures all Dallas citizens and visitors have an opportunity to experience the finest in arts and culture. OCA commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that help empower a just, inclusive, and equitable City.
OCA Definition of Cultural Equity
The Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) intends to address cultural equity in depth in the upcoming cultural plan. Until then, based on the comprehensive work and commitment from the Americans for the Arts, OCA has adopted the following statement as its definition of Cultural Equity;
Cultural equity embodies the values, and practices that ensure that all people – including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion are represented in the development of art and culture in the City of Dallas.
Cultural Equity projects should be innovative projects or services that create active and ongoing cultural equity with people, neighborhoods and communities in Dallas.
Goals of this Initiative
- Enhance Understanding
- Increase Access
- Connect People
- Invest in Underserved Communities
Applications must align with one of the following cultural equity outcomes;
- Enhance understanding of and respect for diverse cultural traditions, heritages and forms of expression
- Increase access and inclusivity in the experience of art and creativity for communities that have been historically underserved
- Connect individuals from diverse cultures, ages and economic means in an effort to strengthen communities and/or neighborhoods through the arts.
- Invest in historically underserved communities with artists or organizations rooted to build individual capacity and economic viability
To access the Online Cultural Application, click here
Download FY 2017-18 CVP Timeline (pdf)
Download FY 2016-17 Cultural Vitality Program Guidelines (pdf)
Funding Review Panels
Most funding program applications are reviewed by a panel made up of qualified candidates from the professional arts and cultural field and approved by the Cultural Affairs Commission. Panel nominations are accepted throughout the year. Panel Review Nomination Form UPDATED