Dialogues on Race

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Venue: CentralTrak
Admission: Free
Season: 2014-15

CentralTrak in collaboration with Make Art with Purpose (MAP) presents Dialogues on Race, a conversation with artists, cultural producers and community leaders about concerns connected to race that were explored in MAP’s Dialogues on Race billboard and mural campaign. The discussion will include short presentations by the artists that designed the billboards and contributions by community leaders and advocates connected to the themes of the billboards. Participants include: Christopher Blay and Gerardo Robles, together they designed a billboard that drew inspiration from the killing of young African American men in cities and towns across the country. Rebecca Carter and Daryl Ratcliff, together they designed a billboard inspired by our common human genome, which traces back to Africa. Jin-Ya Huang and Thania Dominguez McElory, together they designed a billboard that addressed the fact that when a person undergoes an organ transplant, race is not an issue. Morheshin Allahyari and MAP Director Janeil Engelstad, together they designed an electronic billboard that comments on the fact that when you type the words People from the Middle East into Internet search engines the search engine often recommends derogatory content. Community participants include: Roberto Corona, Community Outreach Coordinator, Embrey Human Rights Program, Southern Methodist University; Alia Salem, Executive Director  of the DFW chapter of the Council on American –Islamic Relations, Suzy Miller, Executive Director of Donate Life Texas, and Alpha Thomas South Dallas Community Organizer.

MAP developed and produced Dialogues on Race in response to the racial tension in cities around the United States, including Dallas where conversations on racial equity and justice are happening in city government led initiatives, in the media and at grassroots community organizations. As Dallas citizens demonstrate in solidarity with people in Ferguson, New York and other places impacted police violence and the killing of young black men, MAP aims to make a meaningful, artist led, contribution to this dialogue.



CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, established in 2008, is dedicated to the creation, presentation, and advancement of the contemporary arts.  As a live/work space for eight artists, it serves as a community center in the North Texas area for broad intellectual discourse around the arts.  While the residency promotes artistic experimentation through its support of production, the companion gallery encourages critical engagement in a local urban context through exhibitions and related programs. By building on the forward-thinking academic resources of the School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas, CentralTrak unites artists from an expansive range of creative disciplines to extend and challenge contemporary notions of artistic practice, creative expression, and the role technology plays in these processes.

CentralTrak is supported in part by the generosity of numerous donors and partners from the North Texas area and The University of Texas at Dallas.



Make Art With Purpose (MAP) is an innovative platform for artists, designers and architects working in social practice. MAP partners with artists, thinkers, shape-shifters and organizations to advance alternative models for creative practice and to produce projects that create positive social and environmental change. MAP projects often include communities as partners in the production of the work, directly engage the audience to participate beyond the role of passive observer and involves creative collaboration from museums, schools, government, NGOs and other partners. Current MAP initiatives include an interactive web site that houses artists projects from around the world and an international program that addresses issues connected to immigration, migration and race.




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Admission: Free

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