Leadership Arts Institute

Class Project

Each class is required to plan and execute a class project throughout the nine-month program. This project is an opportunity for participants to practice the skills they are learning in class, gain leadership experience through a simulated board, learn something new about the community, and create a legacy that will leave their mark on North Texas.


Recent Projects

2016 (Dallas) - Arts & Economic Prosperity 5
This study produced by Americans for the Arts is designed to measure the economic impact of arts and culture across the nation. The Dallas Class of 2016 worked to increase awareness of and participation in the study throughout North Texas by administering surveys at arts events and educating arts organizations about the importance of the study.

2016 (Collin/Denton) - Biz/Arts Mixer
The inaugural LAI class in Collin and Denton Counties organized a business/arts mixer at Mercedes Benz of Plano to raise awareness about business support for the arts in North Texas. The happy hour event featured dancers and performers, refreshments, swag bags, and a brief program by the Mayor of Plano.

2015 - Discover Arts
Discover Arts is the only resource that geographically pinpoints the cultural assets within North Texas. The map is meant to connect local businesses with the arts in their areas, and help draw prospective new residents, visits, and businesses to our vibrant region. Most importantly, it will help to strengthen the arts communities that we all love, and which make our region one of the best places to work and live.

2014 - 5th Anniversary ARTsPARK
In order to bring more awareness and attention to the arts, the Class of 2014 chose to help commemorate the fifth anniversary of ARTsPARK, an annual event sponsored by NorthPark Center and Business Council for the Arts. The expanded two-day celebration of the arts in North Texas began with ARTsPARK After Dark on a Friday night, followed by the free, family-friendly ARTsPARK on Saturday.

2013 - Chair Art in the Park
Chair Art in the Park was a youth art contest and auction benefiting the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center. Middle and high school students created art objects from chairs, which were displayed and auctioned at Klyde Warren Park. Money raised was dedicated to funding therapies for abused children, including art and music therapy, at the DCAC.

2012 - Parkland pARTners: Advancing Healing Through Art
The Class of 2012 raised $50,000 to allow for the acquisition of artworks for patient rooms in an entire wing of the new Parkland Hospital. This was the first donation to the Parkland Foundation allocated to the acquisition of evidence-based artwork, which has been proven to expedite the healing process.