Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

John Davis - Office of Cultural Affairs Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs
Title: John Davis - Office of Cultural Affairs Collection
Dates: 1981-1987
Accession No.: MA06-10
Quantity: 1.25 cubic feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St  Dallas, TX 75201

Scope and Contents

The Office of Cultural Affairs, once part of the city's Park and Recreation Department, was created as a means of strengthening and nurturing the arts in Dallas through providing technical assistance programs and grants. The Cultural Arts Program, and its predecessor, the City Arts Program, awarded grants to local arts programs that met certain requirements. Other programs offered by the Cultural Affairs Office were the Technical Assistance Program and the Minority Arts Incentives Program. The Office of Cultural Affairs sought to support and build partnerships with artistic groups and organizations in Dallas through training and grants.

This collection consists of materials kept by John Davis during his tenure as head of the technical assistance program at the Office of Cultural Affairs. Also contained in this collection is his participation in the National Society of Fundraising Executives - Dallas Chapter, as well as some contract work for the city of San Antonio and Greater Dallas Community of Churches. The collection offers an in depth look at the state of the arts in Dallas during the mid eighties. Many artistic organizations in Dallas applied to and participated in programs and grants offered by the office. Materials kept on these organizations by John Davis include a variety of information - budget, staffing, organizational information, programming, policies and procedures. Also kept is Cultural Affairs administrative and programming reports, including grants awarded, correspondence, and official policy. The John Davis Cultural Affairs Collection comes from a time when the city wanted to take a more active part in the promotion of arts in Dallas. This organization was used by the City of Dallas to direct and coordinate a cultural policy that benifits the city and recognize the arts as an important compenent to quality of life for its citizens.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Davis, John
City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs
National Society of Fund Raising Executives - Dallas Chapter
Family Names:
Dallas (Tex.)
John Davis Office of Cultural Affairs Collection

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA06-10 John Davis Office of Cultural Affairs Collection, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Processing Information

processed by Bryan McKinney

Detailed Description of the Collection


Office of Cultural Affairs

Box Folder
1 1 LWFW inc. Management Consultants report to the Dallas Park and Recreation Board, February 12, 1981
2 Memorandum calling for the creation of an City cultural policy, February 28, 1984
3 Cultural Policy and Program. Approved by City Council. December 11, 1985
4 Minority Special Projects Coordinator and Minority Arts Incentive Program, 1986-1987
5 Executive Performance Plan, 1987
6 Calendars, 1987
7 Mailing List (Publicity)
8 Fact Sheet and Policy Statements
Cultural Affairs Programs
Box Folder
1 9 Definition of selected words and terms used in Dallas City Arts Program Grant
10 City Arts Program PR Workshop Evaluation, June, 1985
11 Final Report - Grants in Aid Program - Dallas City Arts Program, June 1981
12 Final Report - Dallas City Arts Program, 1982
13 Technical Assistance Program
14 Technical Assistance Program - Board Development
15 Mid Sized Institution Program Guidelines, January 16, 1986
16 Creative Design Workshop, 1986
17 Minority Arts Incentive Program, 1986-1987
18 Action Plan Hispanic Arts, May 15, 1987
19 Cultural Projects Program, 1985-1986
20 Cultural Projects Program, 1986-1987
21 Cultural Projects Program, 1987-1988
22 Major Cultural Institutions - Comparative Analysis
23 Cultural and Historical Resource Committee - Legislative Advising Committee
24 Cultural Diversity Plan, 1987
25 Dallas Women's Foundation
26 Study of the State Arts Agencies... November 1986
27 Texas Commission on the Arts
28 Texas Foundations (list)
29 Communities Foundation of Texas
30 Cultural Affairs Submission to U.S. Conference of Mayors City Livability Awards
31 Davis' Grant Program Class
32 Bath House Cultural Center
Artistic Groups and Programs
Box Folder
1 33 The Afro-American Players Inc.
34 Callier Theatre of the Deaf
35 Children's Arts and Ideas Foundation
36 Community Arts Foundation of Texas
37 Dallas Arts District
38 Dallas Ballet
39 Dallas Black Dance Theatre
40 Dallas Boys Choir
41 Dallas Children's Theater
42 Dallas Civic Garden Center
43 Dallas Classic Guitar Society
44 Dallas Contemporary American Theatre
45 Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
46 Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
47 Dallas Opera
48 Dallas Puppet Theater
49 Dallas Symphony Association
50 Dallas Theater Center
51 Dallas Woman's Caucus for the Arts
52 Dancers Unlimited
53 International Theatrical Arts Society
54 Junior Black Academy
55 Junior Black Academy
56 Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters
57 Little Feathers Production
58 Museum of African American History
59 New Art Theatre
60 Plano Chamber Orchestra
61 Science Place
62 Shakespeare Festival of Dallas
63 Southwest Celtic Music Association
64 Stage 1
65 Theatre Three
66 Turtle Creek Center for the Arts
67 Turtle Creek Choral
68 USA Film Festival
69 Voice of Change
Box Folder
2 1 Davis Correspondence 1985
2 Davis Correspondence 1987
3 Correspondence and Memos, 1985
4 Correspondence and Memos, 1986
5 Symposium on Cultural Diversity, 1986
6 City Survey on the Arts, 1986
Newspaper Clippings
Box Folder
2 7 Newspaper Clippings
8 Article written by Davis - Here is what you can do...


National Society of Fund Raising Executives, Dallas Chapter

Box Folder
2 9 Budget and Agenda
10 Board Meetings
11 Board Meetings
12 Career Development Seminar, 1986
13 National Philanthropy Day, 1986
14 Fund Raising Institute
15 Dallas Chapter newsletters


Contract Work done by John Davis

Box Folder
2 16 San Antonio - Contract
17 San Antonio - Policies and Procedures
18 San Antonio - Funding Information
19 San Antonio - Report to Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee October 1986
20 San Antonio - Agenda Responses
21 San Antonio - Articles
22 Greater Dallas Community of Churches - Job Description
23 Greater Dallas Community of Churches - Phonathon
24 Greater Dallas Community of Churches - Development Program 1986
25 University of Dallas Fund Report 1984-1985