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Veletta Forsythe Lill

Former City Council Member

City of Dallas

Veletta Forsythe Lill believes she has been fortunate to enjoy a front row seat to Dallas’ current renaissance. The recently retired Executive Director of the Dallas Arts District (2008-2012), former member of the Dallas City Council (1997-2005) and long time community advocate has played a role in the development of many of Dallas’ most high profile projects over the past 2 decades. During her tenure as a councilmember and Executive Director she participated in the development and/or opening of the Latino Cultural Center, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Black Dance Theater, AT&T Performing Art Center, Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas City Performance Hall and Klyde Warren Park.

In 2008 she was tapped to create the Dallas Arts District organization responsible for advancing the collective interests of the nation’s largest urban Arts District. She was responsible for broad marketing efforts, creating programming and signature special events and advocating for the area on issues of public policy. In 2010, according to an Americans for the Arts – Art & Economic Prosperity IV study, the arts organizations of the District generated $128 million of annual economic impact.

Over the past 20 years she has served on numerous boards including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Parkland Foundation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Her advocacy and leadership on behalf of arts, architecture and culture have been honored by the Dallas Contemporary, TITAS, Preservation Dallas, AIA-Dallas, Preservation Texas, Texas Society of Architects and the American Planning Association.