Students revitalize South Dallas community through art project


Students at multiple Dallas ISD schools are using their artistic skills to help revitalize a South Dallas community.

In partnership with the City of Dallas, AT&T, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and Mesa Design, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity hosted the Mill City Connecting Through Art Competition. The competition saw students from six schools paint wooden fence panels that are now displayed at the corner of Collins and Clarkson streets.

Dallas ISD Trustee Bernadette Nutall applauded the partnership that went into the artistic project.

“Teamwork always makes the dream work, and I think it’s great when you have schools, the community, and corporate partnerships come together through art because, in South Dallas, we are trying to paint the world beautiful,” Nutall said.

Reese Collins, neighborhood empowerment senior manager for Dallas Habitat for Humanity, spoke highly of the project.

“The fence panels are a way for the Mill City community to take this entire area back,” Collins said. “This is a great location that shows the change that is coming to this area.”

The schools that participated in the project are:

  • Lincoln High School
  • Billy Earl Dade Middle School
  • Charles Rice Learning Center
  • Joseph J. Rhoads Learning Center
  • James Madison High School
  • Oran M. Roberts Elementary School
  • Paul L. Dunbar Learning Center

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