State of the Arts: LGBTQ+ Equity in the Arts

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Join KERA’s Jerome Weeks for a conversation with local arts leaders about LGBTQ+ equity in the Dallas visual and performing arts. After the program, stick around for a meet and greet with the panelists. 

Presented in partnership with KERA's Art&Seek


Erica Felicella

Erica Felicella is a practicing creative that moved to North Texas almost 20 year ago and lives in Oak Cliff. One of her great passions are the arts, culture and community in Dallas. She has worked as a commercial photographer, curator, organizer of events, programs and currently works with the Dallas based non-profit The Cedars Union as their artist liaison. Her years of advocacy in Dallas have allowed her to form a great bond with the cultural community as a whole through the arts. Her current artistic practice includes endurance based performance, installation and new media works. Her years in photography have passed as she moved into the non-profit arts sector over a decade ago. Since then she has had the chance to connect and engage with people that connect with art and culture. She continues her advocacy work through several non profits, committees, events and volunteer efforts. Her excitement to be active in Dallas has no bonds and she is constantly finding a way to dig deeper and grow. Find her at

Olivia Grace Murphy

Olivia Grace Murphy is a Florida native, currently laying down roots as a theatre artist in Dallas. She is the Company Manager of Flexible Grey Theatre Company, which provides entertainment geared towards the millennial generation with a focus on LGBTQ+ issues, minorities, and women. Olivia is also a member of the Acting Company for Lily & Joan Theatre Company, a new theatre that is dedicated to innovative, inclusive and intentional storytelling by women. Olivia has been seen on stage across the United States, including recent appearances at Uptown Players, Dallas Children’s Theater, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, and Texas Shakespeare Festival. As a director, producer, and playwright, she focuses on queer stories, new works, and the female+ voice. Find her at

Jerome Larez

Jerome Larez co-founded Arttitude, a Dallas-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which serves to unite the LGBTQ+ and underserved communities with the goal of inciting positive change and equality for all through various artistic endeavors. He graduated from Texas Tech University School of Art with a BFA in Studio Art and MA in Interdisciplinary Studies. He has taught K-12 art for 8 years in the Texas public school system. Jerome aspires to continue to make a positive impact in the lives of LGBTQ+ and minority communities. Learn more about Arttitude here  



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