Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Veletta Forsythe Lill Named Executive Director of The Dallas Arts District

DOWNTOWNDALLAS, Mayor Tom Leppert and Council Member Angela Hunt Announce New Vision and Leadership for Arts District
Veletta Forsythe Lill Named Executive Director of The Dallas Arts District

January 21, 2009. 2:00pm. At a press conference held today at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Mayor Tom Leppert, City Council Member Angela Hunt and John F. Crawford, President & CEO of DOWNTOWNDALLAS, announced a new vision for leadership and management of The Dallas Arts District with the hiring of Veletta Forsythe Lill as Executive Director, working within the framework of the DOWNTOWNDALLAS organization.

In response to the rapidly changing environment in the Arts District, stakeholders have spent the last three years studying its future, assessing its needs as a vibrant urban destination. As a result, after incorporating consultant recommendations with feedback from existing Arts District organizations, the stakeholder committee finalized a vision and management structure for the future. That model utilizes existing assets of the Arts District and partners those strengths with the resources and programs housed within DOWNTOWNDALLAS.

John F. Crawford, President & CEO summarized, “Downtown has reached a pivotal point in its revitalization, with success abounding in each of our 13 Districts. And there is no denying that the Dallas Arts District is going to make a mark on our landscape for decades to come. We are thrilled to be expanding our services and capabilities within this key District.”