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Announcing the second round of Artist Relief Fund grants

AURORA is pleased to announce a second round of Artist Relief Fund grants specifically for self-identifying BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) artists in North Texas who have suffered from the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19.

Supported by PNC Foundation, the AURORA Artist Relief Fund will distribute $20,000 to five grantees ($4,000 each) and will also establish a business wellness program with workshops and mentorship on best business practices. 

The application period will open on February 19 and close on March 15, 2021. Those interested can learn more about eligibility requirements and the submission process here

‘Area 3’: A drive-through exhibition in support of artist relief and local vendors

Coming October 1

We're excited to announce Area 3, an immersive exhibition which will transform over 100,000 square feet of a parking garage in downtown Dallas. Separate from Dallas AURORA’s biennial program—which will be announced soon—Area 3 will function on a shared profit model in an experiment to support local artists and vendors whose income has been affected in the wake of COVID-19.

Featuring works by sixteen regional artists, the exhibition will include large-scale light, video and sound installations as well as performances which will be viewable from the safety of attendees’ own cars. Area 3 will take place in the DalPark Parking Garage (1600 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75201) from October 1, 2020 – January 1, 2021. Timed tickets, which are $30 per car, must be purchased online before arrival. Purchase tickets at area3.site.

Artist List

Eric Trich & Taylor Cleveland
Alicia Eggert
Danielle Georgiou
Hal Samples & Favian Herrera
Melanie Clemmons & Zak Loyd
Zuyva Sevilla
David Stout
Francine Thirteen
Tramaine Townsend
Blake Weld
Brandy Michele Adams + Michael Moore + Robert Anthony

Area 3 is made possible by the  generous support from: Downtown Dallas Inc., The Sapphire Foundation,  Preciate,  The Dallas Office of Art and Culture, Tractorbeam,  Ruibal’s,  Inlight-Gobo’s and 900 Lbs.

Founding Media Sponsor: The Dallas Morning News

AURORA would like to thank the following Foundations and individuals for their continued support:
Lydia and Bill Addy, Beth and Peter Beck, Nancy and Randy Best,  Barbara and Mason Brown, Christie and Trey Brown, Lucilo Pena and Lee Cobb,  Emily and David Corrigan, Catherine Corrigan, David B. Deniger, Claire Dewar, Bill and Rusty Duvall, TurningPoint Foundation, Hartland & Mackie Family Foundation, Fanchon and Howard Hallam, Cinda and Thomas Hicks,  Mary Jalonick, Nancy and Mike Kerr, Carol and John Levy, Sarah and Alan Losinger, Vicki and Brian Miller,  Susan and Bill Montgomery, Jay and Ruthie Pack, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Cynthia and Charley Redden, Stacey and Gerald Ridgeley, Deedie Rose, Catherine and Will Rose, Stephanie and Mark Ruibal, and Nicole and Justin Small.

Join AURORA on North Texas Giving Day this Thursday, Sept 17th!

Thursday, September 17th is North Texas Giving Day—the day to make a direct difference in the North Texas arts community. AURORA is participating with the aim to bring our region's artists the support they deserve and to continue developing our programming.

We kindly ask for our community’s support so we can continue providing financial assistance to North Texas artists through our Artist Relief Fund as well as continue our impactful, educational, public art programming. 70% of funds raised on NTxGD will be allocated to our Artist Relief Fund, with the remaining 30% going towards our ongoing educational and public programming.

Set a calendar reminder for Thursday and help AURORA continue its community-oriented mission and supporting the arts of the future by making a donation. Donations can also be made early and don't forget: Every contribution makes a difference, no matter the size!


AURORA is excited to announce Oshay Green and Hailey Summers as the first recipients of the organization’s inaugural Artist Relief Fund grants. Green and Summers, both of whom are North Texas natives, will each receive a $4,000 grant, enabling them to continue their artistic practice and community engagement.

Oshay Green, a self-taught, interdisciplinary artist, frequently works with sound, wood, concrete and found objects to explore the ritualistic functions of objects found throughout various mythological histories and religions with object-based ontologies. He is currently preparing a project, slated for 2021, focused on obsidian objects inspired by Aztec mythology.

Hailey Summers is a movement artist, educator, choreographer and event curator whose work is dedicated to fostering new understandings of expression through movement. In the coming months, she plans to create accessible dance spaces for her students in the Dallas Independent School District, including those at Booker T. Washington—a close partner of AURORA as well as Hailey's alma mater—and even younger students at South Dallas elementary schools.

Again, we would like to extend our congratulations to Oshay and Hailey and also thank each and every artist who applied for our initial round of funding—we received hundreds of applications and the decision-making process was not easy.

To stay up to date with AURORA, including additional Artist Relief Fund open calls and upcoming programming, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

AURORA Announces Year-Round Program & Artist Relief Fund

 In light of the worldwide developments over the last few months, AURORA recently announced that it will be developing new initiatives to create more opportunities and resources for Dallas’s artistic community and general public. These plans include a transition from a large-scale biennial event—which was originally scheduled for November 7, 2020—to an organization with year-round, socially-distanced immersive experiences, digital initiatives and educational programming, as well as the launch of an emergency artist relief fund.

The emergency artist relief fund is targeted to support North Texas–based artists who are facing financial distress due to the Covid-19 pandemic with individual grants of $4,000. To learn more and to apply, click here.

In terms of the forthcoming programming, our previously announced curatorial team remains committed to the extended format and further details will be announced in the coming weeks. So continue checking back, sign up for our newsletter, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to stay up-to-date with the latest news.

Oshay Green: Untitled (brush, railroad tie, rope, charcoal, concrete, ink) at And Now gallery (2019); Photo by Kevin Todora

Hailey Summers, photo by Vincent Hardy

AURORA Announces 2020
Associate Curators

AURORA continues to expand with Tamara Johnson and Trey Burns joining us as our 2020 Associate Curators. Working together with 2020 Curator Noam Segal, they will support the realisation of our most exciting biennial exhibition to date, coming this November.

In 2018, Johnson and Burns co-founded Sweet Pass Sculpture Park, an outdoor exhibition space on a one-acre plot of land in West Dallas. Since opening, they have worked with over 100 local and international artists, students from universities in the Dallas–Fort Worth area, and various organizations and institutions, like the Dallas Boys & Girls Club, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, and North Park Center.

Johnson, who received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, is currently a visiting lecturer in sculpture at the Southern Methodist University and Burns received his MFA from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Before moving to Dallas, they both lived and worked in New York. Most recently, they have been awarded a micro-grant from the Nasher Sculpture center and a National Endowment for the Arts grant in conjunction with Wassiac Projects to continue their work with Sweet Pass.

We're delighted to have these two esteemed Dallas artists and curators on our AURORA 2020 team and can't wait to see what they bring to the table
Tamara Johnson and Trey Burns. Photo courtesy of Nan Coulter
AURORA 2020 Associate Curators, Tamara Johnson and Trey Burns. Photo courtesy of Nan Coulte

AURORA Welcomes
New Honorary & Co-Chairs

AURORA warmly welcomes former Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Micki Rawlings as new Honorary Chairs, along with philanthropists Susan Byrne Montgomery, Bill Montgomery and Molly Byrne as new Co-Chairs. We’re pleased to have such outstanding civic and philanthropic leaders of Dallas join the AURORA family.

The new Co-Chairs will work with our Host Committee in supporting AURORA's 10-year anniversary this fall, which will bring with it our most exciting and significant event to date.

AURORA Announces 2020 Curator

AURORA is pleased to announce Noam Segal as the curator of the AURORA 2020 biennial exhibition, taking place in November 2020. Working with both local and international artists, Segal will realize AURORA’s expansive exhibition of technology-based public art in downtown Dallas. A Brooklyn-based independent curator and writer, Segal's practice focuses on contextualizing and supporting artists in producing new media art.

Segal received her Ph.D. in the Hermeneutics and Culture department at Bar Ilan University (Tel Aviv) and has collaborated with numerous international artists, museums and non-profits alike. She's presented the work of artists such as Neïl Beloufa, Pope.L, Sharon Hayes, Anri Sala, Ulla Von Brandenburg and Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz at prestigious international biennials and institutions, including Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), MOCO (Montepellier, France), Performa (NYC), Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago and Tel Aviv Museum of Art, among others. 

Additionally, Segal has contributed written work to a range of journals, artist catalogues and essay compilations, published by the likes of Konrad Fischer Galerie, Routledge Press, Mousse Magazine, Castello di Rivoli and the Atlántica Journal for Art and Thought. She has given talks, curated symposiums and participated in residencies around the world, including at the School of Visual Art (NYC), Kunstverein Nüremberg (Germany), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), Mitchell-Innes & Nash (NYC) and Sotheby’s (NYC).

As of January 2020, she will be a visiting scholar in the department of performance studies at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Segal is also a faculty member of the MFA program at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (Jerusalem) and a visiting faculty member of the MFA program in the department of painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University.

As AURORA proudly celebrates its tenth year, we warmly welcome Segal as the curator for our 2020 edition and look forward to working with her to realize our next large-scale outdoor, public exhibition.

Learn more about Noam Segal’s past work and practice on her website

AURORA 2020 Curator: Noam Segal