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Dallas as an Arts Hub: A Conversation with Dallas Arts District Leaders - Virtual Event


This is a virtual event

Join TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND’s Executive Director, Charles Santos, for a live talk with Dallas Arts District leaders Lily Weiss, Executive Director of Dallas Arts District, and Jennifer Scripps, City of Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs Director. This virtual conversation will focus on Dallas as a cultural hub, Dallas Arts month, and supporting our local artists and arts organizations.

Tune in on Thursday, April 8th 5pm CT on Facebook Live for this conversation. If you missed this event, or a previous salon, visit the Video tab on our Facebook page. 

TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND is a dance only presenter and a catalyst for cultural collaborations. Our Virtual Santos Salon series is designed to bring our arts community together and create meaningful conversations during this difficult time. Artists need to come together, support each other, and have these conversations so we can ensure that all voices are heard, now and in the future.

About the Speakers
Lily Cabatu Weiss is the Executive Director for the Dallas Arts District and served as the Artistic Director for Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts and Chair of the Dance Department that is now a national model. Holding two degrees in Dance from Texas Woman’s University, she taught on the dance faculties at Southern Methodist University and Houston’s HSPVA, and joined the faculty at BTWHSPVA in 1978. She has won awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Distinguished Teacher, Distinguished Teacher by the Commission on Presidential Scholars twelve different years by 14 students, SURDNA Arts Teacher Fellowship, Bates Dance Festival Teacher Fellowship and featured in two articles in Dance Teacher magazine for her work at BTWHSPVA. She serves on the Boards of TITAS Presents, Booker T. Washington HSPVA Advisory Board, Visit Dallas Cultural Tourism Committee, Advisory Board for the Creative Arts Center, Steering Committee for Moving Cities-Dallas and Texans for the Arts.

Jennifer Scripps is the Director of the Office of Arts and Culture at the City of Dallas. The Office of Arts and Culture oversees 19 cultural facilities, manages grant programs which support more than 200 arts organizations and individual artists, and runs the City’s public art collection which commissions new art pieces and stewards more than 300 pieces of art in the collection. Jennifer oversaw the year-long process which engaged more than 9,000 Dallas residents and culminated in the adoption of the Dallas Cultural Plan in 2018. Prior to the OAC, Jennifer worked on the team that built and opened the Perot Museum, and she was responsible for all earned income revenue at the museum. She graduated from Ursuline Academy, Penn, and Harvard Business School. In her spare time, she and her husband, Andy, and their two boys enjoy hiking, swimming, music, and vacations. They live in East Dallas.

Charles Santos has served as the Executive Director and Artistic Director of TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND since 2001. In his role, Charles oversees all aspects of TITAS including curation, programming, contract negotiation, and financial management. His skilled artistic vision has brought brilliant international artists to Dallas, accompanied by extensive community engagement to our community. Under his guidance, Santos has established TITAS and the City of Dallas as a significant entity on the international cultural landscape. Prior to TITAS, he founded the Austin Festival of Dance and served as the Managing Director/Development Director for Eos Orchestra, Producer for Dancers Responding to AIDS-BC/EFA, and Managing Director/Producer of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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