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Big Art Grant Brings Awareness to Racial Injustice

By Allana J. Barefield
Staff Writer 

The Office of Arts and Culture (OAC) recently was awarded a grant of $15,000 from the Government Alliance on Race and Equity Summer 2020 Innovation and Implementation Fund.

The grant will be used to confront racism, under the Re: Imagine Vacancy project. 

“Advancing racial equity is about policies, practices and procedures that improve outcomes,” city manager T.C. Broadnax said.

According to officials, the GARE grant will transform an abandoned lot in Dallas into a temporary sculpture garden. Artists and students working on the project will be paid a stipend and the artwork that will be created is to help bring awareness to racial equality. 


“We are grateful to have been selected as one of six jurisdictions nationally and for the opportunity to pilot new solutions to advance racial equity in collaboration with artists and local neighborhoods,” Jennifer Scripps, office of arts and culture director. 

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