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Big Tex Urban Farms Donates More Than 295,000 Servings of Fresh Produce

to Fair Park Community in 2020

The State Fair of Texas is proud to announce that in 2020, Big Tex Urban Farms harvested and donated more than 26,000 pounds of food, which equates to more than 295,000 servings of fresh produce donated to nine organizations in the Fair Park and South Dallas communities. Since the inception of Big Tex Urban Farms in 2016, the State Fair has donated more than 688,000 total servings – bringing us nearly 70% of the way to meeting our million servings mission goal announced in the fall of 2018.

Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic, Big Tex Urban Farms never stopped operating in 2020. In response to the global crisis, the Farms adjusted their harvest and donation procedures to include proper safety protocols so the State Fair could continue to serve the community in this dire time of need. These safety protocols include workers wearing masks and gloves, socially distancing at all times, updating donation procedures to be contactless, and shifting tours of the Farms to be virtual rather than in-person.

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Perot Museum and African American Museum announce winner of Staircase Project celebrating Black STEM leaders

Calling it a “bold and inspiring tribute to African American leaders who made momentous contributions to science,” the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, in partnership with the African American Museum, Dallas, today announced that local architect and emerging artist Daniel M. Gunn is the winner of the Staircase Project design competition. In addition to a $5,000 prize, Gunn’s larger-than-life image, titled “GIANT STEPS – Celebrating Extraordinary Achievements of African-American Leaders in STEM,” has been installed on the Perot Museum’s multi-story, outdoor staircase facing Field Street. The Staircase Project is presented by Kroger.

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Hawthorn Opens in AT&T Discovery Center

ARG is excited to announce the opening of its newest concept, Hawthorn. Doors will open to the public at 4 pm on Friday, January 15, 2021. Due to the pandemic, the menu will be minimally abridged, and the hours limited as below. Ultimately, Hawthorn will open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner services.

Initial Operating Hours: Tuesday–Thursday 4 pm to 9 pm Friday-Saturday, 4 pm to 10 pm

“We are thrilled to be opening at the center of ATT’s Discovery District. To be a part of this prestigious development anchored by one of the world’s most dynamic companies is an incredible honor. Indeed, the growth trajectory of downtown in general is exciting and we are embracing the opportunity,” states Richard Ellman, ARG’s owner. “Hawthorn will seek not only to be a fantastic amenity for ATT’s workforce and the greater downtown area, but more than that we hope to be yet another reason for the greater Dallas population to come downtown.”

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Fort Worth Opera Announces A Night of Black Excellence: Past, Present, and Future

Fort Worth Opera (FWO) is thrilled to announce today the extraordinary line-up of dynamic artists headlining A Night of Black Excellence: Past, Present, and Future, an all-star virtual benefit concert to celebrate Black History Month. FWO proudly honors the rich cultural legacy, inspiring contributions, and trailblazing talents of Black musicians, composers, and librettists. On Sunday, February 21, at 2:00 pm CST, the company will pay tribute to Black brilliance through music, dance, and spoken word poetry with performances by some of the greatest Black opera singers and artists of our generation. Produced by Charles W. Bush, Founder of Appointed Productions, and directed by Sheran Goodspeed Keyton, FWO Manager of Education & Community Engagement, FWO’s virtual benefit concert will be one of the highlights of the 2021 season. 

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Trinity Groves Welcomes La Bajada P.O.P. Farm

Trinity Groves is known for creating some of the most exciting dining concepts in Dallas. But its restaurants can’t create delicious, finished plates without fresh ingredients. So, as people become more connected to their food sources and increasingly care about what goes into their bodies, Trinity Groves is excited to welcome the Promise of Peace farm, located just off Singleton Blvd at the western edge of the Trinity Groves complex.

The small farm is staffed by youth interns and community members, who grow a variety of seasonal ingredients—all without chemicals—to share with the neighborhood. These ingredients also go into the program’s “Soup It Forward” kits each month, in which fresh produce, broth and instructions are given to families in need, so they can make nourishing meals at home. La Bajada Farm also hosts volunteer opportunities, growing classes and garden tours.

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Dallas Chamber Music Society Presents Horszowski Trio

Giving performances that are “lithe, persuasive” (The New York Times), “eloquent and enthralling” (The Boston Globe), and described as “the most compelling American group to come on the scene” (The New Yorker), the Horszowski Trio has quickly become a vital force in the international chamber music world. Since their debut performance in New York City in 2011, they have toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, the Far East, and India, traversing the extensive oeuvre of traditional piano trio repertoire and introducing audiences to new music that they have commissioned and premiered.

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