Fifteen Arts Centers Included in $75.2M Bond Proposition

Dallas Museum of Art
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Improvements and repairs at the Dallas Art Museum represent the largest financial commitment in a $75.2 million bond proposition designed to enhance the city’s cultural scene.

Opened in 1984 and expanded nine years later on North Harwood Street, the 528,000-square-foot building anchors the western side of the Dallas Arts District. Proposition E would provide just over $20 million in taxpayer money to install temperature and humidity-control terminal boxes, an exhaust ventilation system, redundant utility support, a make-up air system, a chiller replacement, an air handler and switchgear replacement, and a fire suppression system.

The Dallas Art Museum is one of 15 cultural centers designated for funding through Proposition E. The others are:

  • Oak Cliff Cultural Center ($450,000) — Parking lot improvements and ADA enhancements to restrooms
  • Sammons Center for the Arts ($3,789,492.93) — Water-infiltration mitigation, drainage repair, window replacement, and elevator and restroom improvements
  • South Dallas Cultural Center ($2,276,078.49) — Replace HVAC, roof replacement, mitigate water infiltration, improvements to black box, upgrade restrooms, gallery floor replacement, and improve hallway floor
  • Bath House Cultural Center ($1,474,180) — Replace electrical components and roof, enhance exterior restoration sealant, and water-infiltration mitigation
  • Annette Strauss Square ($575,575) — Replace stage house roof and restrooms roof, replace HVAC, improve lighting, and upgrade fire-suppression system
  • AT&T Performing Arts Center ($881,032) — Safety and security upgrades and repairs to parking garage and plaza
  • Dallas Black Dance Theatre ($3,127,850) — Terra cotta tile replacement, security and elevator upgrades, floor replacement, water-infiltration mitigation, and HVAC replacement
  • Kalita Humphreys Theatre ($8,983,794) — Security and safety upgrades, fire alarm replacement, elevator upgrades, HVAC repair and replacement, ADA enhancements, backstage improvements, and water-infiltration mitigation
  • Latino Cultural Center ($4,033,356.40) — Repair foundation, replace and repair paver stones in the main plaza, window replacement, replace electrical components, water-infiltration mitigation, and roof replacement
  • Majestic Theatre ($8,344,274.49) — Water-infiltration mitigation, window replacement, elevator upgrades and repairs, ADA enhancements, install HVAC controls, restore historic facade, and replace seating
  • Meyerson Symphony Center ($7,318,996) — Roof repair, water-infiltration improvements, replacement of reverb chambers
  • Moody Performance Hall ($2,308,978.49) — Replace HVAC controls, repair roof, and install HVAC control
  • Winspear Opera House ($6,614,190) — Repair canopy, upgrades to safety, flooring, lighting, HVAC, and elevators, and upgrades to backstage information technology, black box space, and fire alarm and suppression systems
  • Wyly Theatre ($5,007,584) — Elevator and roof repairs, fire alarm and suppression systems upgrades, black box, window, and floor-to-ceiling repairs, replacement scenic mechanisms, and repair window scenic elements.

The Dallas Office of Arts and Culture manages Moody Performance Hall, Majestic Theatre, Bath House Cultural Center, Latino Cultural Center, Oak Cliff Cultural Center, South Dallas Cultural Center, and Juanita Craft Civil Rights House. The City owns but does not manage the other properties in Proposition E, including the African American Museum, Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, Perot Museum of Nature & Science, Music Hall at Fair Park, and Hall of State.

Early voting in the $1.2 billion bond election continues through May 2. Election Day is May 4.

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