Wednesday, September 19, 2012 , Updated 11:40 a.m., September 19, 2012
Longtime arts patron Veletta Lill to leave her post with Dallas Arts District
She oversaw the opening of one of the final buildings in the Dallas Arts District last weekend.
DOWNTOWN DALLAS Dallas Arts District Executive Director Veletta Forsythe Lill is leaving her post, she announced this week. The news comes just after one of the final buildings in the Dallas Arts District, Dallas City Performance Hall, opened last weekend.
Lill was a champion of the Dallas Arts District for 15 years and says she wants to spend more time with her family. Her last day is November 1, 2012.
"I feel that now is the time to pass the baton, as the last phase of the cultural, civic infrastructure of the Dallas Arts District is opened this fall," she said in an email.
When she began her post with the Dallas Arts District in 2009, she oversaw the opening of the Winspear Opera House and Wyly Theatre. She was also involved with Klyde Warren Park, which opens in late October. She was lauded recently for helping legalize food trucks in Dallas, carving out a spot for them in the Dallas Arts District.
She also served on the Dallas City Council from 1997 to 2005 and was an advocate of the arts, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Her attitude was unparalleled, said AT&T Performing Arts Center Acting President & CEO Doug Curtis. “One moment, Veletta could be discussing the finer points of an opera, symphony or dance performance with arts leaders, and the next moment you’d see her out dragging a picnic table down the sidewalk a little closer to the food trucks,” Curtis said in a statement. “Her attention to detail is what makes her an exceptional leader. The Center, its staff, leadership and Board thank her for all her service to the arts community and to Dallas.”
A search committee was formed to look for Lill's replacement.
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