In Spite of History
Location: Fair Park, Grand Place in Dallas, Texas (same place as Annual State Fair)
They open every Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM but with ASL Interpreter, It is set up on Saturday, July 16, 2022 – FREE ADMISSION!
In Spite of History Part 1 is an immersive community-driven storytelling experience, told from the perspective of those who live in Dallas and experienced Fair Park and the South Dallas community from the 1960s to today.
Six months of community interviews, research, and collaboration weave stories into a community-driven performance that will weave the audience from the Grand Place building, Nature Museum, Lagoon, Cotton Bowl, and Tower Building to the front of the Hall of State.
Our character Izzy simply wants to go to the fair, her grandpa Julius questions the destruction of the Hall of Negro Life at Fair Park, and the family has an important conversation about their own place in history, present, and the future.
Projection mapping on the Cotton Bowl Stadium, Tower Building, and the interior of the Nature Museum turn these fair park buildings into a canvas for uplifting narratives.
The history of the land, community, and buildings are given a voice and space for a discussion about racial healing that we hope everyone will take and continue that discussion.
The future is big enough (or has space enough) for all of us, as long as we acknowledge our history and don’t repeat our failures of the past. That all starts with a conversation and you, please join us for that conversation.
In Spite of History is presented by Artstillery in partnership with Fair Park First, Broadway Dallas, Lightware Labs, Dallas Puppet Theater, Manhattan Project Beer Company, the State Fair of Texas, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and many neighborhood organizations, including the Mill City Community Association, Cornerstone Baptist Church, and the Dolphin Heights Neighborhood Association.
To register an event with ASL interpreter (scroll down): https://www.artstillery.org/reservations-page-coming-soon