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2011 Grantee – A Dallas Drinking Fountain Project

November 15, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A Dallas Drinking Fountain Project

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For decades, a seemingly innocuous metal plate attached to a marble wall hung above a public drinking fountain in the Dallas County Records Building.   One day in 2003, it came off.  A public outcry ensued as people learned what that metal plate was meant to cover up:  traces of a Jim Crow “White Only” sign that was removed during desegregation.  The metal plate inadvertently preserved a memory that it was meant to help erase…

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A DALLAS DRINKING FOUNTAIN PROJECT is a novel public artwork in three parts launching in Dallas County to address spectres that still haunt by utilizing the rediscovered residue from the “white only” sign to activate a public conversation in Dallas/Fort Worth on the historic Civil Rights Movement.

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The highlight of this ambitious work is the unveiling of Drinking Fountain #1 an interactive interventionist new media monument.  The monument will reside on the first floor of the Dallas County Records Building near the John F. Kennedy Memorial.

Join us for the launch of this project eight years in the making!

A DALLAS DRINKING FOUNTAIN PROJECT is supported by Creative Capital, The Idea Fund, Black Rock Arts Foundation, The Dallas County Commissions Court, The Puffin Foundation and Tribeca Film Institute.  Fiscal sponsorship partners:  New York Foundation for the Arts and Women and Women & Their Work.  Cultural production consulting provided by Sara Daleiden, s(o)ul.


November 15, 2013
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Dallas County Records Building
509 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75202 United States
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