Ongoing Projects


THE 1936 HALL OF NEGRO LIFE: A Documentary

We are celebrating the 1936 Hall of Negro Life, a momentous prelude to Civil Rights History, through a documentary film with Southroad Pictures. This documentary serves to honor and share the story of The Hall of Negro Life, which was in itself, a groundbreaking exhibition hall that existed on the grounds of Fair Park for only one year. The Hall has received little attention since 1936 and few stories exist to preserve this momentous moment of history.

In support of this important documentary film, the OAC is inviting all to join in commemorating this extraordinary exhibition. We are looking for memories, images, audio histories, artifacts, documents, or any other ephemera relating to the Hall of Negro Life!

Learn more HERE


By Jennifer Cowley and Tyra Goodley. The artwork is planned to pay tribute to well-known the African American Dallas artist, Arthello Beck, whose works depicted the themes from the Civil Rights Movement, African American children and references to events and activities in the African-American community.

A longtime resident of Oak Cliff, Beck established the Arthello Beck Gallery, where he displayed his work and was supportive of the careers of many African American artists.  In 2007, the Arthello Beck gallery was named in his honor at the South Dallas Cultural Center.

To Be Installed: TBD


Adelfa Callejo sculpture, Dallas’ first of a Latina, will land at in downtown Dallas. A City Council committee accepted the statue as donation. The placement location of the statue was chosen as the North East corner of Main Street Garden Park, facing the UNT Law School. The statue will be placed in the chosen location in March of 2021, if COVID restrictions allow.

To Be Installed: March 2021


By Andrew Scott. This tribute to Anderson Bonner will be located at Anderson Bonner Park located at 12000 Park Central Drive.

Anderson Bonner was an African-American landowner, entrepreneur, and early Dallas pioneer. By 1870, Bonner had arrived in Dallas, along with his sister Caroline and his brother Louis, where he worked the family farm north of White Rock Creek. Over the next few decades Bonner secured a remarkable amount of land, making him a financial phenomenon of early Dallas. He ultimately ended up with nearly 2,000 acres of land, located mostly along White Rock Creek and surrounding areas in what is now North Dallas and Richardson, including the land which is now Medical City Dallas Hospital, located at Forest Lane and North Central Expressway.

To Be Installed: July 2021


The Office of Arts and Culture’s Public Art Program is developing a public art project that will honor the victims of racial violence lynched in Dallas County.​The location for the artwork, approved by the Park Board, will be Martyrs Park, 379 Commerce Street.

POSTPONED: pending review of installation site

STACKED FRIENDS at Hillcrest Village Green

By Brad Oldham and Christy Coltran.  Stacked Friends is at the entrance to Hillcrest Village Park, located at 6959 Arapaho Road. Hillcrest Village Green is a new park in north Dallas and the work will welcome visitors to the park in a highly visible location on Arapaho Road. Artists Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin are well-known for their large-scale and fanciful installations of stainless steel artwork around Dallas.

Installed: December 2020 


Due to COVID-19 restrictions there was not an on-site dedication at Kiest Park for the new work of public art paying tribute to the musical contributions of Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan. 

Video Dedication

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