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July 2018

Creative Solutions – Dress Rehearsal

July 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
SMU Meadows School of the Arts, 6101 Bishop Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75205 United States
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During the summer, Big Thought partners with the Dallas Juvenile Department and Southern Methodist University to re-ignite the imaginations of high-potential young people through performing and visual arts. Together, we instill skills associated with job and college readiness such as teamwork, decision-making, problem-solving, critical thinking and communication. Please join us for an open dress rehearsal and see a sneak peek of this year's Creative Solutions performance!

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Creative Solutions Performance & Exhibition

July 26 @ 1:00 pm - July 27 @ 3:00 pm
SMU Meadows School of the Arts, 6101 Bishop Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75205 United States
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During the summer, Big Thought partners with the Dallas Juvenile Department and Southern Methodist University to re-ignite the imaginations of high-potential young people through performing and visual arts. Together, we instill skills associated with job and college readiness such as teamwork, decision-making, problem-solving, critical thinking and communication. Please join us at the Margo Jones Theatre and Doolin Art Gallery to see the Creative Solutions show and exhibit! Please arrive early to allow time for parking. Click here to RSVP.

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August 2018

DaVerse Lounge at Red Bird Mall

August 11 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Southwest Center Mall (Red Bird), 3662 W Camp Wisdom Rd
Dallas, TX 75237 United States
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A celebration of voice, culture and creativity. Big Thought, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Journeyman Ink, and Dallas City of Learning invite you to engage in a magic afternoon of emotional literacy at Red Bird Mall! Hosted by spoken word artist Will Richey, DaVerse Lounge is a unique creative experience for performers ages 21 and under, that combines spoken word, music and visual arts. Teens from around the metroplex will bless the mic with their creative talents, including…

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ARTIVISM: Art as Activism (Thursday Evening)

August 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Arts Mission Oak Cliff, 410 S Windomere Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208 United States
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Join us for an original production created by teens in Big Thought’s Artivism program. ARTIVISM is a partnership between Big Thought, Southern Methodist University, and professional Dallas artists to provide teens with a platform to speak out against social and racial justice issues through artwork, poetry and the performing arts. This August, teens from across Dallas came together to speak truth to power by creating an original play that amplifies the voices that need to be heard and inspires audiences…

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ARTIVISM: Art as Activism (Friday Evening)

August 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Arts Mission Oak Cliff, 410 S Windomere Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208 United States
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Join us for an original production created by teens in Big Thought’s Artivism program. ARTIVISM is a partnership between Big Thought, Southern Methodist University, and professional Dallas artists to provide teens with a platform to speak out against social and racial justice issues through artwork, poetry and the performing arts. This August, teens from across Dallas came together to speak truth to power by creating an original play that amplifies the voices that need to be heard and inspires audiences…

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October 2018

Educational Inequity: An “America to Me” Conversation

October 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Big Thought, 1409 S Lamar St. #1015
Dallas, TX 75215 United States
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Academy Award nominated filmmaker Steve James examines racial, economic and class issues in contemporary American education in the multipart unscripted Starz documentary series "America to Me." "America to Me" opens the doors to a high school outside of Chicago, where students and teachers struggle to navigate crucial issues of race, identity, and education. Join Big Thought, Dallas Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation, and Leadership for Educational Equity on Thursday, October 4th from 10am-12pm for Educational Inequity: An "America to Me" Conversation. "America to…

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DaVerse Lounge

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Life In Deep Ellum, 2803 Taylor St.
Dallas, TX 75226 United States
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A celebration of voice, culture and creativity. Big Thought and Journeyman Ink invite you to engage in a magic night of emotional literacy at Life In Deep Ellum! Hosted by spoken word artist Will Richey, DaVerse Lounge is a unique creative experience for performers ages 21 and under, that combines spoken word, music and visual arts. Teens from around the metroplex will bless the mic with their creative talents, including participants from DaVerse Lounge poetry clubs, while house band Melody Memory will play original tunes and…

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Big Night Kick Off Party

October 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Big Thought, 1409 S Lamar St. #1015
Dallas, TX 75215 United States
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Please join Big Night 30th Anniversary Event Chairs Giles Davidson & Daniel Waldman and Ginger & Rod Sager along with Honorary Chairs Tucker & Rich Enthoven for the Big Night Kick-off Celebrating 30 Years of Big Thought. The Future is Bright! Big Thought 1409 S Lamar Street, Suite 1015, Dallas Tuesday, October 30, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM Bites & Cocktails  Casual Chic Attire Special Talent  and Honoree Announcements Complimentary Valet on Lamar Street Please RSVP on or before Monday, October 24, 2018 to [email protected] or…

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November 2018

DaVerse Lounge

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Life In Deep Ellum, 2803 Taylor St.
Dallas, TX 75226 United States
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A celebration of voice, culture and creativity. Big Thought and Journeyman Ink invite you to engage in a magic night of emotional literacy at Life In Deep Ellum! Hosted by spoken word artist Will Richey, DaVerse Lounge is a unique creative experience for performers ages 21 and under, that combines spoken word, music and visual arts. Teens from around the metroplex will bless the mic with their creative talents, including participants from DaVerse Lounge poetry clubs, while house band Melody Memory will play original tunes and…

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The State of Summer Learning

November 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Communities Foundation of Texas, 5500 Caruth Haven Ln
Dallas, TX 75225 United States
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Featuring Summer 2018 Community Accomplishments Opening Welcome: Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Rawlings, Mayor of the City of Dallas Byron Sanders, CEO & President, Big Thought Panel Discussion on the Future of Educational Pathways An-Me Chung, Mozilla Foundation, Senior Fellow and Director of Strategic Partnerships Lori Griffin, Dallas ISD, Director of Extended Learning Opportunities Raamel Mitchell, Microsoft, Central U.S. Public Affairs and Citizenship Director Drexell Owusu, Dallas Regional Chamber, Senior Vice President of Education & Workforce Charles Tsai, Fossil, Senior Manager…

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