Empowering individuals to shape their community

The Oak Cliff Foundation not only supports non-profits but community minded businesses and individuals through fiscal sponsorship, fundraising, and advocacy. Some past examples include:

Diorama-O-Rama is an art happening and fundraiser that invites everyone to make and donate a diorama to be auctioned to raise money for a good cause. What began as  an effort to contribute to the hospital bills of a friend battling cancer, has grown into a powerful giving entity. Most recently Diorama-O-Rama has benefitted Resolana, an organization supporting incarcerated women with outreach and learning services; Cafe Momentum and Dallas Youth Village; and the Texas Theatre.

Oil and Cotton Creative Exchange opened in September 2010. Blending an appreciation of the past with current multidisciplinary art practices, students are invited to engage in the expressive languages of both music and visual art. Hands-on classes are taught by professionals with knowledge of traditional and contemporary practice. Oil and Cotton provides a creative space for education, exhibition, performance and exchange between the public and the art community. Merit based scholarships are regularly given to young art students residing in the Oak Cliff Community.

The Texas Theatre was opened at 231 West Jefferson Boulevard with fanfare on San Jacinto Day, April 21, 1931. The Texas Theatre was the novelty of longtime Oak Cliff resident and entrepreneur, C. R. McHenry, better known in the community as “Uncle Mack.” McHenry’s dream was to build a theater with state-of-the-art projection and sound equipment. On August 31st, 2010, Aviation Cinemas Inc, a company formed by filmmaker and film industry consultant Barak Epstein took over the lease of the Texas Theatre. Epstein enlisted the help of filmmakers Adam Donaghey, Eric Steele and Jason Reimer to begin new cinema and event venue operations at the Texas Theatre.

The Vaughn Brothers Art Project The City Council approved a contract with the Oak Cliff Foundation to raise $68,000 in partial support of the commission of new public art installation honoring Dallas natives and world-renowned blues musicians, Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, to stand at Kiest Park in Oak Cliff, near the brothers’ childhood home. The contributions donated by the Oak Cliff Foundation will augment the funding approved by the Park Board to fund the project from the 2006 Bond program for public art in parks; $28,000 of this donation has been placed in a public art maintenance fund for the on-going maintenance of the artwork.

The Oak Cliff Film Festival was established in 2012 as a regional film festival in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas. The festival has received national acclaim from prominent sources including The New York Times, Filmmaker Magazine, and Moviemaker Magazine. 

The Dallas Public Library Family Literacy Program fundraiser that worked in conjunction with UNT - Dallas, Dallas Library | Illinois Branch, and the Oak Cliff Foundation to raise funds for supplies and scholarships for the volunteers that taught English literacy on Saturday afternoons to local Oak Cliff residents.

Go Oak Cliff presents 4 signature events each year, along with a variety of other community projects and initiatives all designed to improve the quality of life in historic Oak Cliff, Texas.