“What is the role of art in the city?” We have asked this question before, but it is worth asking again. As the current dialogue about Orlando’s future suggests, the hope of a cosmopolitan renaissance are linked as much to culture as the economy. Yet, we have a splintered narrative about this process. We look to grassroots activism to be the transformative force, but the history of urbanization suggests the urbane is facilitated by municipal action as much as chance. If this is the case, we should be more attuned to Downtown Arts District Orlando (DADO). DADO is “a dedicated nonprofit organization for advancing arts and economic development in the City of Orlando. Established in 2000, DADO provides “promotional and financial assistance to art and cultural venues, public art projects, and signature events.” With so much responsibility, you should know about DADO.
What is the vision for the building the arts downtown for DADO?
What challenges does the organization face?
What can we do the shape the future pathway of this organization?
Join us on February 27th at 6:30 pm to learn more about the future of the arts in Downtown Orlando with Barbara Hartley, Executive Director of the DADO.