Our Town

Ballroom Cultural Arts Foundation

Marfa, Texas

$250,000

2011

Housed in a converted dancehall dating from 1927, Ballroom Cultural Arts Foundation promotes the exploration of contemporary art and culture. Founded in 2003, this not-for-profit focuses its programming on a wide range of art forms, including visual arts, film, live performance, and music.

One of the foundation's major upcoming initiatives involves improving Vizcaino County Park, traditionally used by Marfa's Hispanic community. This multi-acre park will serve as permanent home for the Drive-In, a new outdoor venue for music, film, and performing arts. Designed by acclaimed architects MOS, the Drive-In will be a sculptural reinterpretation of the classic drive-in theater. The Our Town grant will help enhance the park with the design for 'Drive In', including designing a new entrance gate, band shell, stage, and screen; recreation area with picnic tables; newly planted trees and landscaping; pedestrian seating; parking for cars on angled berms; food concession stands; bike racks; and a sculptural interactive playground
for children. The project is designed to provide direct public access to the arts for Marfa, surrounding communities along the Texas/Mexico border, and tourists drawn to the Big Bend Region.

Ballroom Marfa Drive-In from Ballroom Marfa on Vimeo. Video courtesy of Ballroom Cultural Arts Foundation