+ words from editor-in-chief LEE ESCOBEDO
/ / M ER R I C K POR C HÉDDU + A N GEL A R OSS CEO + COO of Artist Uprising
+ EDITO R’S NOT E
As an arts city, Dallas is at a crossroads. The major arts media publications are either eliminating or merging editor positions within their publications. This occurs at the same time city funding available for artists has never been higher, while still not enough. The political climate for making artwork is tense, turbulent, and full of uncertainty, which also makes it the perfect time for a new voice to emerge within the media landscape— one operating against nepotism, exclusivity, and preference. This is an arts publication serving the arts community through coverage of the complicated milieu we live and make within, because it is our artists who will tell our stories—the story of now; the story of Dallas. Now, more than ever, the current media echo chamber needs a new channel because this city has never been richer with talent or contained a more diverse pointof-view. Dallas deserves a publication that fosters dialogue around what it means to be an artist and how that craft defines and shapes a city’s cultural identity. When Merrick Porchéddu asked me to serve as editor-in-chief for this publication, I was already aware of her work ethic and vision. It was the first time since my work with my own arts publication that I wanted to serve a position of leadership for a new magazine. It had everything I was looking for: integrity, expertise, and a fresh approach It is a joy to honor yet another twenty-five creators from Dallas, to arts coverage. During this a city rich with uprising talent—from emerging musicians that crucial point in our city’s arts are tipping the scene nationally in every way, to illustrators history, I am thrilled to be on and photographers, filmmakers and storytellers, designers, the side of honest journalism. entertainers, makers and more. Dallas creators are starting This publication is only the to make a ripple effect throughout the nations in such a way genesis of the Artist Uprising that we had to give them the platform they deserve. It is our brand, yet it contains the vocation as a company to find emerging/“tipping point” stories of the artists, musicians, talent and showcase them to the world in hopes that the designers, and creatives that right person will see what we see and choose to open more make Dallas great. I am proud doors of opportunities to these ones deserving of such favor. to be a part of this new chapter To our Top 25 (Round II), we see you, esteem you, and are of Dallas history. behind you as you push toward greater things this year.
Top 25 Emerging Creatives of DFW