Around the State

Around the State
Around the State – Graphic by Robyn H. Jimenez/The Dallas Examiner

 

Special to The Dallas Examiner

 

Dallas brings the court to the community

Dallas Municipal Court is making outstanding warrant and citation/ticket resolution easy and convenient for residents by hosting a series of pop-up events in the community.

“The city of Dallas Municipal Court is looking forward to going out into the community and assisting individuals with their outstanding warrants and citations, said Daisy Fast, interim director of Court and Detention Services. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to resolve their citations without having to make a trip downtown.”

The first pop-up events took place Feb. 22, to Feb. 23. Additional courts will be held Feb. 29 and March 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Martin Weiss Recreation Center, located at 1111 Martindale Ave. and White Rock Hills Branch Library, located at 9150 Ferguson Road.

City staff will provide on-site assistance and services to address the needs of the community. Dallas Municipal Court wants to make it a comfortable environment where residents feel welcome and safe. Residents with outstanding citations will not be arrested at any of the pop-up locations or Dallas Municipal Court building.

For more information on how to resolve your ticket/citation, visit https://dallascityhall.com or call Dallas Municipal Court at 214-670-3311.

 

Open call for creatives for micro-residencies within the city of Dallas

In coordination with Dallas Arts Month in April 2020 the Dallas Office of Arts and Culture is pleased to announce a call for artists, arts educators, designers and creatives for the 2020 Artists Micro Residencies Program working with city departments. Applications are open now through Feb. 24, to apply click here.

The residencies are not intended to create art for city departments, but rather to bring different artistic processes and solutions to existing operations, to show that artistic and creative thinking is part of all things. In 2019, the Dallas Park and Recreation Department partnered with artist Iv Amenti to provide high quality and inclusive programs to develop a strategy to connect two of its largest populations, youth and senior citizens.

“After noticing increasing concerns from seniors feeling displaced during peak youth program seasons, the department created a city-wide initiative that creatively engaged both audiences,” Amenti said. “We created a senior citizen/youth friendly summer program which provided gentle protocols facilitated by summer camp staff. This allowed socialization, sharing and creating to take place. The idea of merging seniors and youth into a friendly, equitable environment fostered intergenerational connections which are often strained in our modern society. The weekly gatherings offered physical, mental, social and emotional interaction.”

The Dallas Cultural Plan piloted the first-round of the Artist Micro Residencies program in 2018 and the second-round in 2019. By engaging all of Dallas, the plan works to generate a shift of perceptions to the public. The art program continues to encourage communication, one of the six priorities of the plan.

To learn more about the plan, visit https://dallasculture.org.

 

Mayor Eric Johnson to participate in U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Winter Leadership Meeting

Mayor Eric Johnson this week will travel to Orlando, Florida, to take part in the Winter Leadership Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Johnson is part of USCM leadership as the vice chair for Transit. USCM is a nonpartisan organization that represents more than 1,400 cities with populations of 30,000 or more. The mayors in the USCM collectively work through the conference’s standing committees to adopt policy resolutions.

The meeting on Friday and Saturday, which follows the USCM’s 88th annual winter meeting in January, will focus on infrastructure, innovation, and inclusion. The mayors will discuss strategies on legislative and regulatory issues and move forward with outlining a bipartisan vision for the country.

“After an incredibly productive trip to Washington last month, I am excited to spend some time engaging with my fellow mayors on the USCM leadership team,” Johnson said. “It is critical that cities, which are the engines that drive our country’s economy, are represented well on national issues.”

Mayor Johnson will speak at a session Saturday morning titled the “Mayors’ Economic Mobility Campaign: Discussion of Local Initiatives.” He plans to highlight, among other initiatives, the launch of Dallas Works, a new summer jobs program that aims to employ as many high school students as possible when they are out of school in June and July. More information on the program is available at DallasSummerJobs.org.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to represent our great city’s interests this weekend and highlight exciting initiatives, such as Dallas Works,” Johnson said.

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