Artist & Elaine Thornton Foundation for the Arts
The Artist & Elaine Thornton Foundation for The Arts was established in 1986 as a non profit organization designed to uplift, educate, promote and embrace the arts of all disciplines. Those disciplines include drama, dance, visual, music, etc. This institution will also promote occupational awareness by providing several vocational training projects within the Arts discipline. Its mission is to bring about positive social awareness to the inner city community. Art is its vehicle for positive change.
Programs sponsored by the Thornton Foundation include the Young Photographers' Workshop, The Photography Guest Lecture Series and The Gordon Parks Young Photographers Competition.
From the beginning of their time together, 32 years, Artist & Elaine Thornton always possessed a love and deep concern for the arts. They are painter and writer; both are actors of stage and screen. They are producers of plays and film. Their experience spans more than twenty five years.
Artist & Elaine founded the South Dallas Cultural Center and the Bath House Cultural Center after many years of lobbying the City Of Dallas for four centers total, that would provide a forum for artists and others aspiring to channel their talents into the disciplines of the arts in their neighborhood. The Latino Cultural Center is the latest of the cultural centers concept to come to reality in Dallas.