South Dallas Stories

Fair Park Uprooted

Broadway Dallas presents and promotes excellence in live musical theater with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through community outreach and education and enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas, and the Southwest Region.

We are proud and honored to present our first equity, diversity, inclusion, and access exhibition entitled South Dallas Stories: Fair Park Uprooted commemorating the vibrant history of Fair Park/South Dallas and its community members.

One of our goals is to deliver the spirit of Broadway not only here in Fair Park but throughout the region in classrooms as well as other centers for art, community, and education. This goal can only be furthered if Broadway Dallas converts to a fully inclusive, multicultural, anti-racist organization.

Meet people from South Dallas

Inyang Essien

“I greatly appreciate the forgotten history of marginalized cultures and the ongoing transformation that accompanies coming into one’s identity.”

—Inyang Essien

Inyang Essien is a Nigerian American photographer and visual artist from Dallas, TX. Her work is based in photography, cultural textiles, video installations, and generative art to explore identity through culture, sexuality, and personal transformation.

In 2021, she was part of a recipient in the inaugural cohort of the Juanita J. Craft House Residency.  In that same year she received a Nasher Artist Grant and Cedars Union Art & Equity Scholarship.

She is passionate about creatively sharing the lived experiences of Black people across the diaspora

The Beauty of South Dallas

Nitashia Johnson

Lens on Dallas

Marion Butts

Our Mission

Broadway Dallas presents and promotes excellence in live musical theater with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through community outreach and education and enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas, and the Southwest Region.

Broadway Dallas is Committed

Broadway Dallas is committed to prioritizing institutional racial equity and sustaining accountability as part of our organization’s culture. We will continue to introduce equitable processes, programs, and exhibitions that engage our staff, board, and patrons.

We will hear the truth and we will tell the truth so that we completely understand the harm caused by racist systems and our obligation to dismantle these systems.

This and future equity, diversity, inclusion, and access exhibitions will share new narratives and
expose these truths to drive transformation within Broadway Dallas and inspire the community
we serve.

Broadway Dallas adopted a new Strategic Plan in 2017 that included a commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access and in 2021 we became aware of an opportunity to further inform and deepen our commitment. We embarked on a journey, with the guidance of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation* (DTRHT) who provided us with a framework to learn and internalize the truth of how racist systems and structures developed and how they continue to cause harm in communities and within our company for all people and disproportionately to those who identify as BIPOC. Broadway Dallas will share these truths with our staff, board and other constituents and together use this knowledge to drive change of systems that uphold a hierarchy of human value, allow race to impact a person’s agency or position and limit opportunities for people to become part of the Broadway Dallas family.

Broadway Dallas developed initial priorities for change with an aim to institutionalize Racial Equity as part of Broadway Dallas’s organizational culture, enable more equitable processes for our staff, board and patrons and set policy priorities, metrics, and accountability. These priorities became the building blocks to support modifying organization roles and power structures in vital business activities such as strategic planning and budgeting, redesigning recruiting to identify BIPOC candidates, altering hiring practices to create a more diverse staff, identifying, and dismantling dehumanizing systems and building a culture of belonging.

Broadway Dallas understands that a journey to become an anti-racist organization requires a steady and ongoing commitment to change by discovering and hearing truth, understanding harm caused by racist systems and challenging or dismantling them. We recognize that this commitment is not simply a department of Broadway Dallas or a project to be added on when convenient, but rather a lens that we must learn to apply to everything we do. Broadway Dallas’s mission to bring the best of Broadway to North Texas and to deliver the spirit of Broadway into all corners of our community, in classrooms and community centers throughout the region, can only be accomplished if Broadway Dallas also transforms to become a fully inclusive, multicultural, anti-racist organization.

Our journey has just begun.

*The W.K. Kellogg Foundation-led Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise is a multi-year, national and community-based effort to engage communities, organizations, and individuals from multiple sectors across the United States in racial healing and addressing present-day inequities linked to historic and contemporary beliefs in a hierarchy of human value.