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In Dallas’ refugee-rich Vickery Meadow neighborhood, there’s a group of artists that’s determined to change the conversation around women and race. These artists are young, but age doesn’t stand in their way.

Courtesy of Alicia Eggert

Alicia Eggert isn’t a writer, but she likes to play with words. The Denton sculptor creates work that uncovers layers of meaning in common phrases and places.

Cara Mía Theatre & DTC’s co-produced “Deferred Action.”
Courtesy of Karen Almond

In movies, acting is all about the face and the close-up. But on stage, Dallas actor and teaching artist Ivan Jasso uses his body to transform into characters.

Dane Walters / Art&Seek

We hate to sound like a broken record, but vinyl is back. Last year vinyl album sales grew 10 percent, topping an 11-year streak of positive growth. That’s great news for one North Texas record label that’s hoping to become major player in the resurgence of vinyl. 

Dwell With Dignity Founder Lisa Robison (left) and Vice President Kim Turner (right) admire drapes with volunteer.
Hady Mawajdeh / Art&Seek

In an apartment inside a public housing complex, the sounds of drilling and women talking fill the space. Those women are working to get drapes hung and furniture built, because it’s their final day to whip this empty south Dallas apartment into a beautiful home for a single mother and her four children.

This is a promotional photo for DGDG's "War Flower."
Danielle Georgiou Dance Group

Choreographer Danielle Georgiou is known in North Texas for bold and often provocative work about feminism, sexuality and culture. Her most recent project — "War Flower" — tackles rituals and media consumption.  

Dane Walters / Art&Seek

Dallas producer Sikwitit has had an enviable start to his career. He’s performed with rap superstar Lil Wayne, produced viral beats for hip-hop magazine XXL, and his music was featured on the Showtime series “Power.” He’s also earning recognition locally, because of his documentary "Sound Collectiv #DallasUp" and his winning of the Dallas Observer's award for "Best Producer."

Justin Locklear is lucky. He knew what he loved to do, had to do, from an early age. As early as elementary school in Atlanta, Georgia, he was doing pretty much anything involving performance.

Dane Walters / KERA News

By the early 1980s, Vernon Fisher was part of a loose group of artists who broke with abstract painting. He’d been painting abstract works himself in the ’70s but, discouraged, he began playing with books and texts, scraps he found around his studio. One day, he was printing out words with an old Dymo plastic label maker.

Hady Mawajdeh / KERA News

In Dallas, a number of art galleries and performance spaces have recently been cited for safety violations and other issues. At a meeting today, the city says it wants to help the arts community address these problems. 

Kirk Hopper Fine Art/Facebook

Recently, art gatherings and galleries in Dallas have been cited, and sometimes shut down, for a variety of zoning and code violations. Locals in the arts scene feel like they’re being targeted by city safety officials.

Hady Mawajdeh / KERA News

Five years ago, Longhui Zhang flew from China to Denton — his first time outside China. When he landed at DFW, North Texas was not what he expected. He wasn’t expecting a Hollywood Western, but this certainly didn’t look like New York or LA, either.

A Tour Of Fort Worth’s Public Art

Aug 3, 2016
Dane Walters / KERA News

Fort Worth’s Cultural District is home to some of the region’s most prized masterpieces and cultural exhibits. But, whether you’re parking across the street from the Convention Center, jogging along the Trinity River or simply having lunch in Fairmount Park, you’re never very far away from art.

Chevy Music Showcase

Petra Kelly is not a singer-songwriter. She's not a band leader, she's not the vocalist out front. She's the fiddle player off to the side. But she's the epitome of a gigging musician. Kelly waits for the right moment to pitch in the tonal effects her violin can bring to a song -- lift it with ethereal wails or gun it forward, backing up the bass guitar's chopping rhythms.

North Texas Teen Gets A Shot At Broadway

Jul 22, 2016
Chelsea Mayo

Chelsea Mayo of Farmers Branch has never been to New York City before. And that’s not her only first this weekend: she’s never been on a plane either.

Welcome to the Art&Seek Artist Spotlight. Every Thursday we’ll explore the personal journey of a different North Texas creative.  As it grows, artandseek.org/spotlight should ultimately paint a collective portrait of our artistic community. Enjoy, and let us know what you think.

Karen Almond / Dallas Opera

Can you imagine a big opera premiere opening on the same night as the Super Bowl? In the same city as one of the big game teams? That’s just one of the turns in the opera "Great Scott," which opens this Friday in Dallas.  

Dane Walters KERA

Critics say the organ inside the Meyerson Symphony Center is one of the greatest. In this installment of  Secrets of the Meyerson, from KERA’s Art&Seek, we explore why the organ, a unique Dallas asset, is not used as much as many might wish.

Dane Walters / KERA

Spectacular acoustics. That was the holy grail for the designers of the Meyerson Symphony Center.  Art & Seek takes a behind-the-scenes look in a series called Secrets of the Meyerson. Today's story:  replicating the sound of great concert halls was a serious gamble.

Karen Almond

Jonathan Lethem’s best-selling, award-winning novel, The Fortress of Solitude, premiers this week as a musical at the Dallas Theater Center. The musical follows two boys, one white, one black, growing up in the ‘70s in a Brooklyn full of graffiti, music, drugs – and superheroes. KERA’s Jerome Weeks sat down with the novelist before his appearance at Arts & Letters Live at the Dallas Museum of Art last month.

Art&Seek contributor Audra Schroeder chronicles the wacky life of Tachowa Covington -- a sword-wielding, rollerblading "superhero" who spent eight years in an abandoned California water tank, until the superstar artist Banksy turned his home into a work of art. Strap in: It's a wild ride.