Thirty-First Anniversary Banquet and Silent Auction

We have been planning for a long time, and now the time is just about here!


International Museum of Cultures’

Thirty-First Anniversary Banquet

March 31, 2011 – at 6:00 P.M.

Ticket: $60

Hilton Garden Inn in Duncanville

800 North Main Street
Duncanville, TX 75116
(972) 283-9777

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We are going to have a great time! John Wooten, the famous NFL star will be our Speaker. John is affectionately known as “The Godfather” of the NFL, as people at all levels of the game seek his counsel. John is affiliated with the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation. The Foundation was organized for the purposes of promoting diversity and equality of job opportunity in the coaching, front office and scouting staffs of National Football League (“NFL”) teams. We are excited and honored to have him speak at our Banquet.

We will have the privilege of hearing the music of Dr. Bill White. Dr. White is the former pastor of the First Baptist Oak Cliff, now the Oaks Baptist Church.

In addition, we will all be honored by the presence of our Wounded Warriors from Brooke Army Hospital and the Dallas VA Medical Center. It will be a great honor to have them join our Anniversary Celebration.

You are invited to donate to the Silent Auction. If you are interested in donating, please contact us at 972-708-7406 or email us at You can also print the Auction Donation Form and Fax it to us at 972-708-7341.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Proposed Cuts in Texas State Aid Impact Small Groups in the Arts

Gov. Rick Perry delivered his State of the State address on February 8th, proposing to consolidate or suspend non-critical state agencies in order to make state government more streamlined and efficient.

International Museum of Cultures

International Museum of Cultures

In Gov. Perry’s plan, he would entirely eliminate funding to four agencies, including the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas Commission on the Arts, while consolidating dozens of others, as reported in

In an article published in the the same day as the State of the State address, the Dallas Area Arts Group expressed concern about the impact that the proposed cuts would have on smaller groups. Arts organizations are currently struggling with slower ticket sales, lower contributions and declining endowment income.

“Doing away with that agency is not going to address the state’s problems in any significant way,” said George Landis, president of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra. “The worst thing is that there are dozens and dozens of really small arts groups in medium and small towns in Texas, and for them, six, eight, 10 or 15 thousand dollars could be a critical amount of money,” he said. “A lot of the arts council money goes to very small local initiatives.”

Paul Stewart, acting president and CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, said that “There’s sometimes a misunderstanding about the arts, and the positive impact they have on our economy — for driving tourism and other economic activity, and attracting businesses to our state. … These are things that enrich our community intellectually and spiritually as well as economically.”

The International Museum of Cultures is located in South Dallas providing a window into indigenous people of the world  to further mutual respect and peace between peoples. This museum is an example of the great benefit of small cultural organizations for Texas, and the world.