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State of the Arts: Lifting Every Voice - Making Space for History and Healing in Fort Worth

Kimbell Art Museum

Join KERA and the Kimbell Art Museum for a discussion exploring ambitious plans for three new museums and cultural centers in Fort Worth: the National Juneteenth Museum, the Fort Worth African American Museum and Cultural Center, and the Fred Rouse Center for Arts and Community Healing. This State of the Arts conversation is hosted by KERA’s senior arts reporter, Jerome Weeks.

Seating is limited. Free,  no registration required.


  • Dr. John Barnett Jr., Co-chair of the Fort Worth African American Museum and Cultural Center steering committee 
  • Opal Lee, Honorary Chair of the National Juneteenth Museum
  • Adam McKinney, Transform 1012 with the Fred Rouse Center for Arts and Community Healing 
  • Dione Sims, Founding Executive Director of the National Juneteenth Museum


Dr. John L. Barnett, Jr. began practicing pediatric dentistry in 1978 in New Orleans, Louisiana. During his time in New Orleans, Dr. Barnett was active in organized dentistry as a member of the American Dental Association, the National Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Barnett has served as president of the Pelican State Dental Association, president of the Louisiana Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and chairman of the Medicaid Task Force for the Louisiana Dental Association. For over twenty years, Dr. Barnett served as an associate professor at the LSU School of Dentistry.


Known as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth,” Ms. Opal Lee was present on June 17, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence DayAct bill that established June 19 or “Juneteenth” a federal holiday. Opal Lee was born in Marshal, Texas in 1926 and moved to Fort Worth in 1937. At the age of 12, her family’s home was destroyed by a white mob. Ms. Lee is the former Chairman of the Community Food Bank. She currently serves on the board of Unity Unlimited, Inc. and Transform 1012 N. Main Street. She is a Board Member and Honorary Chair of the National Juneteenth Museum. She has received three honorary doctorates, was named 2021 Texan of the Year by The Dallas Morning News editorial board, the 2021 Unsung Hero of the Pandemic, Fort Worth Inc.’s 2022 Person of the Year and most recently was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. 


Adam W. McKinney is a dancer, choreographer and activist. McKinney holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Butler University and an M.A. in Dance studies with concentrations in race and trauma theories from New York University. Formerly a dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, among other internationally renowned dance companies, McKinney is currently an associate professor of dance in the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He, alongside his husband Daniel Banks, is the co-artistic director of DNAWORKS, an arts and service organization committed to healing through the arts and dialogue. McKinney serves as president of Tarrant County Coalition for Peace and Justice, a Fort Worth-based social justice organization, and as co-secretary and founding board member of Transform 1012 N. Main Street, the project to transform Fort Worth’s former KKK auditorium into The Fred Rouse Center for Arts and Community Healing.


Dione Sims is a Software Quality Manager and is involved in many community organizations. She is the President and Founder of Unity Unlimited, Inc., a non-profit that focuses on providing opportunities to build collaboration and understanding through educational activities and training to enrich the lives of humanity. She is the producer of the annual Juneteenth Fort Worth Celebration with her grandmother Opal Lee. She currently serves as the Founding Executive Director of the National Juneteenth Museum. She is immediate past president of the Fort Worth Association of Federated Women’s Clubs (FWAFWC). She serves on several community advisory boards including BRAVE/R Together where she champions for equitable solutions for her community.  




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