Community Innovation Lab: Dallas, TX
Using an arts-integrated approach to address the challenge of ensuring access to healthy food
The Lab Conveners, Champions and Members came together to strengthen and apply these five approaches to enabling transformative change at the system level:
1. Slowing down to see the system and discover leverage points
2. Weaving networks of trust across boundaries
3. Making generative use of sustained uncertainty
4. Letting go of linear planning in favor of experimentation and discovery
5. Integrating the unique practices of artists into the work of the Lab
- Abuela’s Table took an intergenerational approach to community-based initiatives that celebrate cultural traditions, food and healthy lifestyles.
- Extreme Food Desert Makeover examined the role of a locally-owned and operated grocery store and how it could feed the life of the neighborhood.
- (Re)Imagine the Neighborhood worked with local residents to “co-”power a new neighborhood vision, using food and the arts as the engine of change.
By bringing together stakeholders from all corners of Dallas, the Lab has started meaningful conversations about how economic justice and economic security affect equitable food access. We are thrilled to be a partner in this initiative, which aligns so well with our own commitment to creating more just and vibrant communities by building connections between our students, the artistic community, and the city of Dallas.Clyde Valentín, Director, Ignite/Arts Dallas