Thursday was Arts Advocacy Day in Dallas, and arts organizations from across the city attended the annual luncheon at the Wyly Theater. I was joined by several of my colleagues: Councilmembers Jerry Allen, Ann Margolin, and Delia Jasso.
The featured speaker was Douglas Sonntag, Director of Dance for the National Endowment for the Arts, who discussed the importance of the arts in American life and the challenges posed by the 21st century. He posited that attendance at live cultural performances are down, and that technological advances (e.g., watching the Kiev Opera on the interwebs) is a troubling trend.
I have to respectfully disagree with Mr. Sonntag (who, by the way, was a very gracious guest and interesting speaker). I love that technology opens up the arts to a much broader audience and takes people to cities and events that they may not otherwise experience.
Enjoy these photos from the Wyly.