Volunteers Adorn Dallas With Love

Downtown Dallas

The iconic city of Dallas, Texas is well-known for a number of reasons. The Dallas Cowboys, a staple of fall and winter TV as well as the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are household names around the world.

The Dallas Mavericks of the NBA and MLB team Texas Rangers call the area home as well as the Dallas Stars hockey team.
The 80s hit Dallas, revisited in the last decade, also put the name and location of the city on the map, chronicling the dramatic up and downs in the lives of the Ewings at South Fork ranch.

Perhaps most tragically, Dallas, Texas is known as the city where President John F. Kennedy met his end 50 years ago to bullets fired from the Scholl Book Depository as his motorcade wound through downtown.

To commemorate one of the darkest moments in American history, Dallas citizens spent the weekend hanging local works of art from children and adults, in key areas around the city. The focus is on the motorcade route through downtown, but art will also be displayed from Valley View Center to Trinity Grove. The displays will extend south to Lamar and more will be hung at Parkland Hospital. Art work can also be seen at J. Erick Jonsson Central Library.

The Dallas Love Project is an effort to “paint Dallas with in a different light”, as each poster contains a phrase, quote or thought centered on the International Day of Peace and love. It is integral to the Dallas’ efforts to mark the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination and perhaps take steps to try to ease the blemish of that stark moment in history.

Quotes and phrases on the posters come from various sources, from Mother Theresa, Jimi Hendrix, Charles Dickens and Emily Dickinson. There are thoughts from other worldwide proponents of peace, including Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr. Some are original thoughts from the artists. The mind behind the project is Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Karen Blessen, founder of the lead organization on the project, 29 Pieces.
“It’s a real joy to see it come together, ”Blessen remarked, according to DallasNews.com.

“We want to make Dallas a huge walking art gallery,” says project spokesman Mauricio Navarro.
Efforts to get the project going included door to door campaigns and seeking the support of over 120 community partners. “We moved mountains to do this project,” says Blessen.

Keller school district contributed over 12 thousand pieces to Love Project. The entire student body and staff of Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership school added their artistic skills and volunteered to hang artwork. Blessen is pleased to see children taking such a large part in the project. Teachers, peace advocates and students all came together to make the Dallas Love Project a labor of love.
Dallas Love Project volunteers will be installing artwork on weekends until mid-October. The posters are to remain on display until Nov. 30.

Written By: Brandi Tasby

Dallas Love Project

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