Inspire Art Dallas is a newly formed public/private entity that will support the conservation and maintenance of our cherished public art in Dallas. Inspire Art Dallas, formerly known and applauded as Dallas’ Adopt-A-Monument, will work closely with the Office of Cultural Affairs/ Public Art of the City of Dallas. It will support efforts to maintain Dallas’ public art collection, which boasts artwork throughout the City in every council district. The artwork is accessible to the public, enhances the environment, serves as place markers and gathering sites, and celebrates the artists of Texas and beyond. Inspire Art Dallas also will support emerging and established artists, and create vibrant and inviting spaces to expand the public appreciation of public art.
Dallas takes pride in instituting one of the earliest “Percent for Public Art” programs, which through capital bond programming provides 1.5% and .75% for certain projects. But capital bond programs do not provide for the maintenance of public art, and operational funds for public art maintenance and conservation have fluctuated significantly through the years. Inspire Art Dallas is being created as an advocacy group to ensure that we are excellent custodians for and proponents of Dallas’ public art for generations to come.
The exciting launch of Inspire Art Dallas was announced on April 5th, 2018 at a reception at the Magnolia Dallas Downtown Hotel during Dallas’ Art Month at which Inspire Art Dallas also announced its inaugural undertaking—the restoration of the badly deteriorated original 1934 oil derrick that supports Dallas’ beloved Pegasus.
Inspire Art Dallas is the successor to Dallas’ Adopt-A-Monument program, which was a highly successful public/private partnership formed in 1988 to preserve deteriorating monuments and sculptures owned by the City of Dallas. Adopt-A-Monument raised over $250,000 and used its funds to restore 16 of Dallas’ monuments and sculptures for the benefit of future generations. Inspire Art Dallas will continue Adopt-A-Monument’s legacy of helping to preserve Dallas’ public art, but will also expand its impact to support artists and to create imaginative ways to make Dallas public art approachable and a vibrant part of our community.