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The Zero to Five Funders Collaborativewas founded in 2008 by like-minded funders to ensure children in low-income neighborhoods are physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually ready for school by age five. Zero to Five serves as a collaborative backbone providing programs evaluated by partners at Southern Methodist University. In 2015, Zero to Five launched Bachman Lake Together to bring resources to help parents support their children’s development together under one roof. Families will have access to coordinated early learning experiences and parent engagement programming, all from the same experienced providers they know and trust from their neighborhood. Lumin Education, one of our partner agencies, also plans to open a school on the same property in the next three to five years.
PURPOSE/MISSION? To bring resources to help parents support their children’s development together under one roof. Families will have access to coordinated early learning experiences and parent engagement programming, all from the same experienced providers they know and trust from their neighborhood.
WHERE? West Dallas, Bachman Lake area. Moving into a new space in April 2016, off Northwest Highway and Webb Chapel.
WHAT DO THEY DO? Dual-generational engagement for families. Providing resources for families to ensure all children in the Bachman Lake area are Kindergarten ready. Additional programs: Interrupt, Dallas Afterschool.
WHO DO THEY SERVE? Bachman Lake area.
40,000 residents in the 75220 (zip code), of that, ½ of them are new residents within the last 10 years.
In the first 6 years, 5,500 children have been served.
In the first 6 years, 5,400 parents have been served.
LEADERSHIP: Jerry Hawkins, Project Director; Martha Rodriguez, Program Director
WORKSHOP: Led by Public Artist IVAN JASSO, this workshop will be a dual-generational acting class with parents and their school aged children presented in a bilingual format. Classes will be available in evenings and on weekends.
ABOUT BACHMAN LAKE TOGETHER
Bachman Lake Together is the first collective early childhood impact initiative powered by the Zero to Five Funders Collaborative. The Bachman Lake Together Family Center is an almost 20,000 square foot co-location facility for the community of Bachman Lake. Bachman Lake Together brings resources to help parents support their children’s development together under one roof. Families have access to coordinated early learning experiences and parent engagement programming, all from the same experienced providers they know and trust from their neighborhood.
CITY OF DALLAS
Beckley Saner and
Janie C. Turner Recreation Centers
The Dallas Park and Recreation Department is one of the largest municipal park systems in the nation and provides for the management, supervision, coordination, and implementation of an array of leisure service opportunities, including such organized activities including arts, crafts, drama, physical fitness and music, utilizing recreation centers, athletic fields, swimming pools, open space, schools, and special facilities.
PURPOSE? The Dallas Park and Recreation Department is committed to enhancing the quality of lives of Active Seniors and Adults over the age of 55 by providing recreation and leisure activities to complement your rich and rewarding lifestyle
WHERE? All over Dallas. Public Works Dallas is specifically engaging the Southern sector (Oak Cliff) of Dallas, with workshops happening onsite at Beckley Saner, Cummings and Singing Hills.
WHAT DO THEY DO? Aerobics, Walking, Clubs, Arts and Crafts, Book Clubs, Day Trips, etc.
WHO DO THEY SERVE? Seniors and adults in Dallas over the age of 55
PHONE: (214) 670 0355
LEADERSHIP: Daryl Quarles, Community Programs Coordinator
BECKLEY SANER WORKSHOP
Acting class for senior citizens,
Public Artist LIZ MIKEL
ABOUT CITY OF DALLAS PARK AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
Among the nation’s largest urban park systems, this award-winning department provides residents and visitors exceptional recreational opportunities and facilities. The department cares for almost 24,000 land and water acres that include 379 parks, 100 trail miles, athletic complexes, and natural areas. To encourage active and healthy living, it manages recreation centers, golf courses, community pools, tennis centers and family attractions Bahama Beach Waterpark and the historic Fair Park. This year, the department launched a new program division to serve the ever-changing needs of active senior adults. Visit www.dallasparks.org for details.
LIFT IS BENDING THE TREND.
1 in 5 adults in North Texas cannot read. This means that more than 800,000 adults in Dallas County alone are struggling with literacy and that number is projected to grow to more than 1 million by 2030.
We are reaching into the neighborhoods where people live, work and worship. By teaching adults to read, we increase access to employment, reduce reliance on social services and improve the quality of life for our students and their families.
LIFT (Literacy Instruction for Texas) enhances lives and strengthen communities by teaching adults to read.
PURPOSE? By teaching adults to read, we increase access to employment, reduce reliance on social services and improve the quality of life for our students and their families.
WHERE? Southeast Dallas – CitySquare. 1610 S. Malcolm X Blvd Suite 320 Dallas, Texas 75226. However, they have classes all over the metroplex including Frisco, Plano, Garland, Irving, Mansfield, and Richardson.
WHAT DO THEY DO? Adult Basic Literacy, Spanish classes, GED classes, ESL, Family Literacy, LIFT Your Employee
WHO DO THEY SERVE? Mainly immigrants, adult student population.
► By 2030, an estimated 1 million people in Dallas County will be illiterate.
►40% of Dallas county residents speak a language other than English.
CONTACT: www.lift-texas.org (214) 824-2000
LEADERSHIP: Lisa Hembry, President/CEO
WORKSHOP: Exploration of improv theater, storytelling and building characters for adults led by Public Artist ACE ANDERSON
ABOUT LITERACY INSTITUTE FOR TEXAS
Founded in 1961, LIFT is one of the largest and most widely respected adult basic education programs in Texas. Our mission is to enhance lives and strengthen communities by teaching adults to read. Each year more than 3,500 adults seek economic empowerment through LIFT’s adult basic literacy, GED preparation and English as a Second Language programs. All instruction is outcome-focused, utilizes proven curricula and is delivered by 350+ dedicated, trained volunteer teachers. LIFT’s unique classroom-based approach creates a system of peer support and a sense of community that helps students develop a belief in their ability to succeed. To learn more, please visit lift-texas.org or call (214) 824-2000.
CHANGING LIFE THROUGH LITERACY
Founded as Vickery Meadow Learning Center
The mission of Literacy Achieves is to equip non-English speaking adults and their young children with English literacy and life skills to promote self-sufficiency and the overall well-being of our students, their families and the greater community.
Literacy Achieves is a non-profit adult literacy program designed to improve the communication and life skills of non-English speaking adults and children.
PURPOSE/MISSION? dedicated to improving English literacy levels among non-English speaking adults and their young children by providing programs in communication and life skills.
WHERE? North Dallas, Vickery Meadow neighborhood. 6329 Ridgecrest Dallas, Texas 75231
WHAT DO THEY DO? Workforce Literacy, Family Literacy, Early Childhood, Empowerment Program
WHO DO THEY SERVE? Mainly, this campus serves the Vickery Meadow neighborhood. They do have West and East Dallas campus. They currently serve 1,000 adult students and 300 children. Early Childhood starts at 4 months- 5 years old. Additionally, they have school aged programming and a teen group.
Early Childhood teachers are on staff
200 preschool children
Adult teachers are volunteers, totaling around 300.
60 languages spoken in the VM Neighborhood
On average students are in the program for 3 years
This neighborhood is the wealthiest neighborhood in Dallas
CONTACT: www.literacyachieves.org (214) 265-5057
LEADERSHIP: Sarah Papert, Executive Director
WORKSHOP: Explores physical theater through movement and viewpoints technique with adults, led by Public Artist SALLY NYSTUEN VAHLE
ABOUT LITERACY ACHIEVES
Literacy Achieves is dedicated to improving English literacy levels among non-English speaking adults and their young children by providing programs in communication and life skills. We do so in the belief that the ability to understand, read, write and speak English contributes to independence, productivity and the overall well-being of the learners, their families and the greater community.
The foundation for all of Jubilee Park and Community Center’s work is education.
The Children’s Education Initiative takes a holistic approach to educating children in the community with programs offered from birth through 12th grade. These programs offer a safe, loving and nurturing environment where children and young people are encouraged to improve academic performance, learn important life skills, express themselves creatively, develop their unique talents and increase knowledge through new experiences. Jubilee Park also provides adult education to expand personal and job skills, as well as learning opportunities for seniors.
Jubilee Park and Community Center is a catalyst for comprehensive community revitalization in Southeast Dallas, with emphasis on the education of children and adults.
PURPOSE? To improve lives and strengthen community.
WHERE? South Dallas, 907 Bank St. Dallas, Texas 75223.
WHO DO THEY SERVE? Largely Spanish-speaking population that includes school aged kids and a robust senior citizen group.
WHAT DO THEY DO?
►Out of School Time Programs, Senior Services, Volunteer Opportunities, Public Health & Public Safety, Affordable Housing Initiative
►Adult Education: GED classes, ESL classes, partnership with El Centro Community College
►Senior zumba, lunches, field trips and housing
►After-school programs are reading and math focused
►7-week summer camp for school aged kids
►Annually, 14 staff members and more than 800 volunteers provide services and education to over 1,100 individuals in Jubilee Park and the surrounding area. Jubilee operates a multi-facility campus which includes the Walt Humann – T. Boone Pickens Community Center, a resource center, two Head Start schools, a senior housing complex and a three acre park.
►62-block neighborhood bounded by I-30.
►Neighborhood consists of working-poor families.
►46% of which are living below the federal poverty level.
►All senior citizens come from 75223 zip code
CONTACT: (214) 887 1364 www.jubileecenter.org
LEADERSHIP: Ben Leal, CEO
WORKSHOP: Theater Arts/Acting for youth, led by Public Artist
ABOUT JUBILEE PARK AND COMMUNITY CENTER
Jubilee Park & Community Center (Jubilee) was founded in 1997 through a collaboration between St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps. Jubilee is a catalyst for comprehensive community revitalization and enrichment in the southeast Dallas surrounding neighborhood, with emphasis on the education of children and adults. Jubilee’s purpose is to improve lives and strengthen community. Jubilee takes a comprehensive approach to revitalization through education, health, safety, economic development and housing. The neighborhood is a 62 block neighborhood bounded by I-30, East Grand and Fair Park. The majority of families are working poor, with 46% living below the federal poverty level. Annually, 14 staff members and more than 800 volunteers provide services and education to over 1,100 individuals in Jubilee Park and the surrounding area. Jubilee operates a multi-facility campus which includes the Walt Humann – T. Boone Pickens Community Center, a resource center, two Head Start schools, a senior housing complex and a three-acre park.
Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company member
Ace is a member of Dallas Theater Center’s Brierley Resident Acting Company, where his credits include Sweat; White Rabbit Red Rabbit; The Trials of Sam Houston; The Great Society; Hair; Inherit the Wind; the Public Works Dallas inaugural production of The Tempest; A Christmas Carol); The Houston Trials (workshop); All the Way; and King Lear. Ace is a Dallas-based actor who is represented by The Campbell Agency, and is also the owner of The Striped Heart, a graphic design company. As a multidisciplinary artist and alum of Southern Methodist University (Acting BFA ’13), he has traveled the country as a spoken word poet and is most inspired by his collaborative work with Bill T. Jones in Masterclass on HBO. His other theater credits include The Shipment (Undermain Theatre), Radio Golf (AART), Blues For Mister Charlie (SMU), and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Jubilee Theatre) as Levee Green for which he won Best Actor 2014 (BroadwayWorld.com). Follow Ace @AceShotThat.
TIANA KAYE BLAIR
Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company member
and Public Artist, City of Dallas, Janie C. Turner Recreation Center
Tiana is an MFA graduate of Southern Methodist University and a Brierley Resident Acting Company member. Dallas Theater Center: Hood: The Robin Hood Musical Adventure; A Christmas Carol; Dreamgirls; The MountainHair; top; The Book Club Play. SMU: Look Homeward, Angel (Eliza Gant). Prairie View A&M University: Once on This Island (Madame Armand/Andrea/Storyteller), To Be Young, Gifted and Black (Lorraine Hansberry), and Jelly’s Last Jam (Anita). Tiana is a proud company member of Progress Theatre Touring Ensemble based in Houston, Texas. She enjoys serving the community and inspiring social change through the arts.
Actor and Public Artist, Bachman Lake Together
Ivan is a member of Cara Mía Theatre’s Resident Artistic Ensemble where his credits include: Blood Wedding; Lydia; References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot; Zoot Suit; Teotl; The Magic Rainforest; Nuestra Pastorela; Tina’s Journey; The House on Mango Street; and Crystal City 1969. Ivan has worked with several local theater companies including: Dallas Theater Center; Ochre House Theater; Shakespeare Dallas; Kitchen Dog Theater; Undermain Theatre; Amphibian Stage Productions; Contemporary Theatre of Dallas; Garland Summer Musicals; and Dallas Children’s Theater. Mr. Jasso is represented by the Mary Collins Agency.
CHRISTOPHER “CLEW” LEW
Assistant, Public Works Dallas
Clew is a DFW-based actor who hopes to see theatre continue becoming a more inclusive, diverse, and accessible art form. He received BS degrees in Nutrition and Radio-TV-Film from The University of Texas at Austin, and studied Acting & Performance at Collin College. Stage credits include Doom McCoy & The Death Nugget (Ochre House Theatre); An Octoroon, The Royal Society of Antarctica (Stage West);Jungalbook (Dallas Children’s Theater); Cymbeline (Shakespeare in the Bar); She Kills Monsters (Theatre 3); Life of Galileo (Undermain Theatre); and King Lear (Shakespeare Dallas). In his spare time he works in fundraising for nonprofits, and at Baylor’s Clinical Learning Resource Center. He is represented by The Callidus Agency. @champlew.
Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting company member and
Public Artist, City of Dallas Park and Recreation Active Senior Adult Programs (ASAP)
Liz is a member of DTC’s Brierley Resident Acting Company. Selected DTC: Bella: An American Tall Tale; Romeo and Juliet; Medea; School for Wives; The Rocky Horror Show; A Raisin in the Sun; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat; The Wiz; Dividing the Estate; A Christmas Carol; Death of a Salesman; Give It Up!; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2009, 1991); The Who’s Tommy; Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Crowns. Broadway and Off-Broadway: Lysistrata Jones. Regional: American Repertory Theater; The MUNY; The Cape Playhouse; A Contemporary Theater; Arkansas Repertory Theater. Local: Casa Mañana Theatre; Dallas Children’s Theater; Jubilee Theater; Theatre Three; WaterTower Theatre. TV/Film: Get On Up; Dallas; The Secret Life of Walter Mitty; Straight A’s; Past Life; Friday Night Lights; Sordid Lives: The Series; and Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins. Awards: Leon Rabin, DFW Theater Critics Forum, D Magazine, Dallas Observer, Dallas Voice, and multiple Column Awards. 2015 Lunt Fontanne Fellow.
CHRISTOPHER LLEWYN RAMIREZ
Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company member
Public Artist, Jubilee Park and Community Center
Chris is a member of Dallas Theater Center’s Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company, where his credits include: White Rabbit Red Rabbit; Hair, Hood: The Robin Hood Musical Adventure; Public Works Dallas’ The Tempest. Chris received his BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University in 2013. His other stage credits include The Great Distance Home , Elliot, A Soldiers Fugue (WaterTower Theatre); Empathitrax (Second Thought Theatre); An Octoroon (Stage West); It Shoulda Been You, Titanic(Uptown Players); Zoot Suit, blu, Crystal City 1969 (Cara Mía Theatre Co.); Hands on a Hardbody (Theatre Three); The Winter’s Tale, Pericles, The King’s Face (Shakespeare Dallas); and assistant director of Romeo and Juliet, Dogfight, and RENT, all with Junior Players. He taught high school theatre for three years at the Jack E. Singley Academy in Irving,TX where his UIL one-act-play team advanced to the 6A state meet with Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, the Amazing Adventures of Louis De Rougemont (As told by himself) in 2016. He is currently the voice of Seth in the new anime Radiant with FUNimation and is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency. @chrisllewynramirez
SALLY NYSTUEN VAHLE
Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting company member
and Public Artist working with Literacy Archives
Sally is a member of Dallas Theater Center’s Brierley Resident Acting Company. For the past 25 years, Sally has been fortunate to act in a wide range of roles at DTC. Favorite recent shows/roles at DTC include: Linda Loman in Death of A Salesman, Fraulein Kost in Cabaret, Annette in God of Carnage, Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park, and Medea in Medea. Most recently, Sally appeared in Electra as Clytemnestra. Sally is a 2011 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Award recipient, Co-Founder of Dallas’ Kitchen Dog Theater, and she works extensively in broadcast/voice over. Sally is proud to serve the University of North Texas Department of Theater as Associate Professor of Acting and Voice. She is represented by The Mary Collins Agency.
CORPORATIONS / INSTITUTIONS
AT&T Performing Arts Center
The Donna Wilhelm Family Fund
Embrey Family Foundation
Jennifer and Peter Altabef
Irv Ashford, Jr.
Edward and Connie Copley
Carolyn and Robert Dickson
Jenifer and Peter Flynn
Jan Gartenberg and Don Croll
Jennifer and John Gates
Rozelle and Richard Gilman
Jeff Heald and Michael Zerbach
ABOUT THE PUBLIC THEATER
The Public Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare, the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. Celebrating his 10th anniversary season at The Public, Eustis has created new community-based initiatives designed to engage audiences like Public Lab, Public Studio, Public Forum, Public Works, and a remount of the Mobile Shakespeare Unit. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues—including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe’s Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Shakespeare Unit, whichaudience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues—including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe’s Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Shakespeare Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City’s five boroughs. The Public’s wide range of programming includes free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company’s dedication to making theater accessible to all; Public Works, an expanding initiative that is designed to cultivate new connections and new models of engagement with artists, audiences and the community each year; and audience and artist development initiatives that range from Emerging Writers Group and to the Public Forum series. The Public is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and in October 2012 the landmark building downtown at Astor Place was revitalized to physically manifest the Company’s core mission of sparking new dialogues and increasing accessibility for artists and audiences, by dramatically opening up the building to the street and community, and transforming the lobby into a public piazza for artists, students, and audiences. The Public is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning Fun Home and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed American musical Hamilton. The Public has received 47 Tony Awards, 167 Obie Awards, 52 Drama Desk Awards, 48 Lortel Awards, 31 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Critics Awards, and four Pulitzer Prizes. www.publictheater.org
ABOUT SMU MEADOWS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
Meadows School of the Arts, formally established at SMU in 1969 and named in honor of benefactor Algur H. Meadows, is one of the foremost arts education institutions in the United States. The Meadows School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in advertising, art, art history, arts management and arts entrepreneurship, communication studies, creative computation, dance, film and media arts, journalism, music and theatre. The goal of SMU Meadows School of the Arts, as a comprehensive educational institution, is to prepare students to meet the demands of professional careers. The Meadows School is a leader in developing innovative outreach and community engagement programs, challenging its students to make a difference locally and globally by developing connections between art, entrepreneurship and change. Meadows is also a convener for the arts in North Texas, serving as a catalyst for new collaborations and providing critical industry research. For more information, visit www.smu.edu/meadows.
Inaugurated in October 2009, the Meadows Prize is presented annually to up to two pioneering artists. It includes support for a residency in Dallas, in addition to a $25,000 stipend. In return, recipients are expected to interact in a substantive way with Meadows students and collaborating arts organizations, and to leave a lasting legacy in Dallas, such as a work of art that reminds in the community, a composition or piece of dramatic writing that would be performed locally, or a new way of teaching in a particular discipline.
ABOUT AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
The AT&T Performing Arts Center is a nonprofit foundation that operates and programs a 10-acre campus comprised of three premier performance venues and a park in downtown Dallas. Opening in October 2009, the Center helped complete the 30-year vision of the Dallas Arts District. Audiences enjoy the best and most recent from Broadway and off-Broadway; the finest dance companies from across the globe co-presented with TITAS Presents; top concerts and performers through Center Presents; cutting-edge speakers from the #hearhere series; and a five-year initiative to present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. The Center has also become known as a platform for world premieres, including new creations from Twyla Tharp, Kyle Abraham, St. Vincent and Pharrell Williams, as well as acclaimed new works from its five resident companies. They are among the city’s leading arts institutions: Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center and Texas Ballet Theater. The Center’s iconic venues include the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Annette Strauss Square and Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park. The Center offers free programming for audiences from every part of the community and produces the expansive, biannual light-based art event Aurora across the Arts District. Thousands of students explore and more deeply experience the arts through the Center’s education program, Open Stages. The Community Partners program works with local service agencies to provide free tickets to underserved individuals and families. These programs are made possible by the ongoing support of donors and members. The Center’s mission is to provide a public gathering place that strengthens community and fosters creativity through the presentation of performing arts. www.attpac.org