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

2018 (Dallas County) – The Art of Healing: Supporting Parkland’s Comprehensive Breast Center. The class raised over $25,000 to support the acquisition of evidence-based art that will create a healing environment at the new breast health center at Parkland Hospital. The class proudly followed in the footsteps of the 2012 class, who were first to partner with Parkland Foundation for art in the new Parkland Memorial Hospital, when it opened its doors in 2015.  Read more here.

2018 (Collin and Denton Counties) – My Possibilities. The class worked with a lead artist and fundraised to create a twenty-foot mural at My Possibilities’ new facility. The mural was co-created with the HIPsters, or Hugely Important People, who are served by My Possibilities. The opportunity to work with a lead artist gave the HIPster artists an important and visible addition to their portfolios as well as meaningful job experience. The mural visibly enriched the new facility while serving as a legacy reminder of HIPster talent. Read more here.

2017 (Dallas County)- Dallas Arts and Culture Board Fair, a program designed to introduce diverse, qualified and engaged business leaders to nonprofit organizations seeking to expand their boards. Participating organizations included arts and cultural nonprofits that receive funding from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. Business professionals who are interested in serving on the board of a local arts organization attended to learn how to serve the community, advance the arts and take a leadership position in our city.

2017 (Collin and Denton Counties)- Public ArtWalk Richardson is mapped on a 2.8 mile walk that has flexible start and stop points. Along the trail, walkers will discover public art works by notable Texas artists including Jim Cinquemani, Joseph Havel and Tom Orr and others. Green spaces and parks include Spring Creek Trail and Galatyn Woodland Preserve. The Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts anchors the south end of the walk, with shops and restaurants at City Line providing the northernmost point.

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.