New Year, New Skills

Let’s honor Juanita J. Craft’s legacy by learning skills to enlighten our future. This series is inspired by her motivation to create change through creative means and make the community better one person at a time.

New Year, New Skills will return in January, 2023. For more information or questions, email us at

Current 2023 Workshops

Movement through the Diaspora: Capoeira Workshop

Thursdays – March 23 and March 30 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | South Dallas Cultural Center

Logging into your body is as natural as checking your email. Let instructor Alejandro Perez, Jr. from with Dallas Malandros – Capoeira Angola Sao Bento Grande help develop your mind, body and spirit through the discipline of Capoeira. This 2-hour Capoeira workshop will combined ancient rituals and modern artistry into a rich cultural connection of motion, percussion, and song.

Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Classes are for ages 7 and up.

Art Collecting Workshop: Learn the Basics

Friday, April 21 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | South Dallas Cultural Center

Do you purchase art? Are you interested in collecting art? Want to know the basics of managing an art collection? Join South Dallas Cultural Center Manager, John Spriggins and Art Lawyer Sammetria Goodson of Goodson Law PLLC, for a workshop on the basics of how to look at art, how to assemble and protect your art collection, legal considerations for art collectors, and best practices for art collection stewardship.

The workshop is free and open to all ages.

Previous 2023 Workshops

Sing! Dance! Act! A Once On This Island Broadway Workshop

Saturdays – January 14 (postponed for Feb. 4), 21, & 28 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | South Dallas Cultural Center

Sing! Dance! Act! A Once on this Island Broadway Workshop is a 3-week program led by Dallas CAP artist Michael D’Andre Childs. Participants of all skills levels will learn the art of theater dancing, singing, and acting through the popular Broadway show. Once on This Island is a one-act stage musical with a book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. It is based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy, a Caribbean-set retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Little Mermaid. It concerns a peasant girl in the French Antilles who falls in love with a rich boy and makes a deal with the gods to save his life.

Protest Signs As Art Printmaking Workshop

Saturday, February 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Saturday, March 4 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | South Dallas Cultural Center

To honor Juanita Craft, Matt Bagley of Iron Frog Press and PrintShop a Go-Go will host a collaborative printmaking project to celebrate this Dallas icon. The Iron Frog Press team and participants will work together to create and print an edition of four color (CMYK) linoleum block prints. The Protest Signs as Art Printmaking Workshop is an advanced class, but all skill levels are encouraged to participate because this is a team effort. This project is open to the citizens of Dallas and admirers of Juanita Craft. Adults with special needs are welcome.

Black Legend Heirloom Workshop

Thursdays – February 9, 16, 23, & March 9 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | South Dallas Cultural Center

Black Legend Heirloom Workshop is a four-week hands on art experience with making your own Black Legend Heirloom led by 2022 Juanita J. Craft Artist-in-Residence, Camika C. Spencer. Participants will be provided with all supplies as they learn the value of how heritage and legacy can influence art. The theme of the workshop is “Crafting Ms. Craft” using Juanita J. Craft as the teaching model. Students will make two heirlooms. After the workshop, the heirloom will be on exhibit at the South Dallas Cultural Center for two weeks.

Movement through the Diaspora: Afro-Caribbean Dance Workshop

Saturday, March 11 & Thursday, March 16 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | South Dallas Cultural Center

Put the sound in your feet and the sway in your hips! Whether you want to learn one or two steps or become a more confident dancer, join SDCC and CAP artist Micaela Gutierrez-Tillett from ORIZON March 11 and March 16 for Movement through the Diaspora: Afro-CaribbeanDance Workshop, which is part of the SDCC’s New Year, New Skills series. Learn the cultural traditions through movement and bring your family and friends to these fun 2-hour classes.

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