Community Tour No. 1

Sponsored by Communities Foundation of Texas and the Dallas Foundation

  • Nestled in the heart of Far East Dallas, Owenwood Farm and Neighbor Space, managed by GROW North Texas, is an Urban Farm Project that serves as a learning space for food production, food access, and policy. As a community gathering place, Owenwood Farm houses multiple nonprofits that offer various programs and services to the community. Through this partnership, GROW North Texas connects North Texans to food, farms, and community to create a sustainable, secure regional food system that enriches the land, encourages economic opportunity through food and agriculture, and provides equitable access to healthy, nutritious food for all residents.

    During this stop, participants will experience firsthand how GROW North Texas advances their mission through community-based initiatives, including the organization’s nonprofit, micro-grocery store, community gardens and orchards, fresh farm stands, and more!

  • The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum (DHHRM), located in Dallas’ historic West End, advances human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference through its permanent and current exhibitions, including its Holocaust / Shoah Wing, Human Rights Wing, Pivot to America Wing, and Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow Exhibition.

    Upon arrival, attendees will embark on an exclusive tour of the museum with DHHRM’s educational and leadership teams where they will partake in an immersive and interactive journey unlike any other. During this meaningful and memorable experience, participants will learn about the organization’s education programming, community partnerships and impact, research initiatives, and more.

  • Hidden among the skyscrapers and the hustle of the city is a place where farmers become friends. In the middle of everything but away from it all, the Dallas Farmers Market, once a humble horse-and-wagon wholesale business, the market has grown with the city and turned into a hub for farm-fresh vegetables, dairy, and more.

    During this stop, participants can partake in a self-guided tour to explore a mixture of local specialty foods and artisanal food vendors, and shop locally grown produce. Dubbed as one of the “Best Lunch Spots in Dallas,” the Dallas Farmers Market offers a variety of eateries for the lunch hour.

  • Home to the largest and finest collection of 19th century pioneer and Victorian homes and commercial buildings in Texas, Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park is a living history museum located in the historic  southeastern edge of downtown. This educational experience, led by Dallas County Heritage Society, will connect participants with the past, inspire the future, and celebrate Dallas’ rich diversity. This exclusive tour encompasses restored and replicated homes, businesses, the Millermore plantation house, churches, and interactive displays from the mid-1800s. Visitors will explore these buildings, learning about the design, construction, and everyday use of traditional structures.

    Not only will attendees get a glimpse of the past and experience what life was like in North Texas during the 19th and early 20th centuries, but they will also learn about the land’s history, organizational priorities and initiatives, community partnerships, preservation efforts, and more.

Community Tour No. 2

  • Restorative Farms (RF) founded in 2017, is a catalyst for a professional urban farm and agrisystem situated in South Dallas Fair Park, one of the city of Dallas’ most underserved communities. As a sustainable, profitable, professionally run urban farm, Restorative Farm serves as an “agrisystem” that can be replicated, yielding locally grown, fresh produce.

    During this site visit, attendees will partake in a tour of the farm grounds to learn how Restorative Farms fosters local employment opportunities, drives economic growth, and initiates a crucial restorative justice jobs program, benefiting the community at large. Participants will hear from community stakeholders and partners, including Frazier Revitalization and Restorative Farm Board Members Germaine Gaspard, Tara Conner, and Tyrone Day.

  • The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President Kennedy. Located in the historic Texas School Book Depository building, the Museum presents the social and political landscape of the early 1960s, chronicles President Kennedy’s assassination and its aftermath, reflects upon his lasting impact on our country and world, and connects the past to the present for students, families and visitors.

    During this self-guided tour, participants can explore the museum’s collections that include more than 90,000 items related to the assassination of President Kennedy.

  • Located in the heart of North Oak Cliff, the Bishop Arts District is home to over 60 independent boutiques, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and art galleries, making it one of Dallas’ most unique neighborhoods.

    During this stop, attendees will have an opportunity to grab lunch, shop, and explore this vibrant neighborhood.

  • Located in the northeast corner of downtown Dallas, the Dallas Arts District is the largest urban arts district in the nation, spanning 118 acres. This iconic neighborhood has more buildings designed by Pritzker award-winning architects than any location in the world. Guests will experience the architectural detail of the District as well as the institutions, individuals, and visionaries who are a part of this fascinating story.

Community Tour No. 3

Sponsored by Communities Foundation of Texas and the Dallas Foundation

  • Big Thought’s north star is that all youth in marginalized communities will be equipped to imagine and create their best lives and world. Throughout their 36-year history of innovation, Big Thought has become a national model in arts education, out-of-school time systems, summer learning, and social-emotional learning. They manage a dynamic network of more than 600 partners to help scale programs and expand the scope of services to close resource and opportunity disparities for students.

    During this stop, you will take a tour of Big Thought’s offices and have an opportunity to learn in detail about the work they do in advocating with youth by putting youth at the center through programs like Artivism and Community Action Team.

  • Bonton Farms started out as a garden in a small lot that has grown to two fully functioning farms, a Farmer’s Market, a Café, and Coffee House. They continue to grow organic food and hope for a better tomorrow right in the Bonton community by addressing the barriers residents are up against so they can access all seven human essentials. Working alongside residents to transform the community, they support their neighbors in redefining the norm in their community so they may have a fighting chance at life.

    During this stop, participants will take a walking tour of this urban farm and learn more about the issues facing the Bonton community and how Bonton Farms is working to address them.

  • Deep Ellum, established in 1873 as both a residential and commercial neighborhood, is one of Dallas’ first commercial districts for African Americans and European immigrants. As one of the most historically and culturally significant neighborhoods in the city, Deep Ellum boasts over 20 historically recognized buildings.

    During this stop, participants will explore Deep Ellum’s  musical heritage, arts and culture, and variety of cuisines. Attendees will also experience the culture of individuality that artists have created around nearly every corner in the district, hundreds of lively murals, art galleries, theaters, and more!

  • Every day, Empowering the Masses operates as a nonprofit focused on empowering our neighbors in the Dallas area, by providing life skills and educational training services.

    The results of our work are clear: individuals achieve financial independence and self-sufficiency, becoming the sustaining force in the lives of their families and productive members of the communities where they live and work.

     Empowering the Masses provides for basic needs, delivers educational resources, and provides access to careers that are stable and lucrative, paving a path for sustainable success in life. Together, we help the people we serve gain self worth and financial independence. As they begin their journey to success, renewed and equipped, we strive for these neighbors  to become self-sufficient to improve not only their own quality of life, but their contributions to their communities and society

Community Tour No. 4

Sponsored by Lyda Hill Philanthropies

  • Pegasus Park is a 26-acre campus dedicated to innovative companies and organizations across science, technology, health care, and social impact. Pegasus Park offers state-of-the-art facilities and amenities that enable the daily convergence of life science innovators, strategic business partners, and social impact organizations. The campus is home to more than 20 biotech companies, accelerator programs like MassChallenge and Health Wildcatters, universities like SMU’s Institute for Computational Biology, UT Southwestern’s Office for Technology Development, and 34 leading nonprofits. The campus was recently selected by the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) as the location for its Customer Experience Hub. ARPA-H is a newly established $2.5 billion federal agency that is investing in transformative biomedical and health breakthroughs, and Texas is now the home base for its nationwide health network seeking to accelerate better health outcomes for all people. Pegasus Park’s next building, Bridge Labs, is planned to open in 2024. Bridge Labs will feature more than 130,000 square feet of graduation lab space for high growth biotech companies here in our region and established companies looking to relocate or expand from other markets. Strategically located in the heart of the rapidly expanding Innovation District between the Dallas Design Center and the Southwestern Medical District in Dallas, the campus is positioned to be a premier hub of innovation.

    During this stop, participants will take a walking tour of the building and learn more about how this vibrant community of best-in-class agencies is working together to improve North Texas and beyond.

  • The Sammons Center for the Arts grows the arts by providing a welcoming home for artists and arts groups to innovate, collaborate, and thrive, enriching the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

    Sixteen resident arts organizations create and work out of the Sammons Center. These are small and midsized arts nonprofits that tell stories through adventurous, unique work and represent culturally rich communities. Another 90 other groups use their building for rehearsals, performances, and meetings year-round.

    During this stop, participants will take a walking tour of the building located in the historic Turtle Creek Pump station and will hear from local resident art groups on how the Sammons Center serves as an “incubator” or “greenhouse” for small performing groups.

  • Klyde Warren Park serves as a central gathering space for Dallas and its visitors. The 5.2-acre deck park, designed by The Office of James Burnett, is an urban green space built over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul Streets in downtown Dallas. Klyde Warren Park is a highly active space, providing daily free programming for the public, ranging from yoga to lecture series to outdoor concerts and films. The park is privately operated and managed by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation.

    During this stop, participants will have an opportunity to grab lunch at local food trucks in the park and take a walking tour of this dynamic green space that has become the city’s beloved town square.

  • Elmwood Farm is an urban farm in the heart of Oak Cliff. The farm began as a small community garden behind the 6 to 12 convenience store on Edgefield Avenue in Elmwood. Their one-acre lot is home to a market garden, community compost program, and events space that hosts community gatherings, dinners, and live music.

    During this stop, participants will be taken on a walking tour of this working urban farm, learn about their work in the community, and hear from other partners involved in their work.

Community Tour No. 5

Sponsored by Rainwater Charitable Foundation

  • HOPE Farm is a long-term leadership development program that guides at-risk boys, without the benefit of a positive male role model in their homes, from the time they are 5-7 years old until high school graduation and beyond.

    During this stop, participants will go on a walking tour of the Fort Worth Morningside Campus, which began as an abandoned crack house and has evolved into a center with classrooms, a garden, playground, and recreation facilities.

  • Kinfolk House is a collaborative project space that inhabits a 100-year-old historic home, where community and art converge in the predominantly Black and Latina/e/o neighborhood of Polytechnic in Fort Worth, Texas. Our goal is to uplift the beauty, talent, and culture of Polytechnic and feed its creativity by offering collaborative exhibitions, events, and educational opportunities. Through partnerships with community-minded creatives and project-based artists, we will build outside the preconceived ideas of “what art is,” exploring the intersections of life, cultural pursuits, and artistry.

    Sedrick and Letitia Huckaby, both internationally renowned artists, opened the doors of this historic space reimagined on the cornerstone of the creative power of Sedrick’s grandmother and original homeowner, Hallie Beatrice Carpenter, known to her friends and neighbors as, “Big Momma.” Her legacy inspires our understanding that creative pursuits exist beyond high art and academia.

    During this stop, participants will be taken on a tour of the house and grounds and be able to view the current art project that brings together three artists: one local, one Texas-based artist working outside of North Texas, and one artist working outside of the state.


  • One of the oldest attractions in Texas, the Fort Worth Stockyards celebrates Fort Worth’s long tradition as part of the cattle industry. Visitors come to the Stockyards to get a taste of American Western heritage with its historic buildings and walkways, museums, saloons, rodeos, and it’s twice-a-day cattle drive.

    During this stop, participants will have the opportunity to grab lunch and explore this historic area.

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