The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture FREE Open House and Spotlight of Judy and Patrick Kelly

23 05 2011

In celebrating it’s 30 years of existence the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture would like to meet you!  It’s free, fun and forever impacting on your future.

From 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Institute’s headquarters, 2719 Routh Street, Dallas, Texas 75201, will have it’s open house which is free to the public (though reservations are recommended).  Tonight’s open house will spotlight two longtime Institute Fellows Judy and Patrick Kelly (photo above).  The Dallas Institute’s website has a wonderful bio on the Kelly’s that I think best describes their importance to our fair city.

Judy Kelly is a highly respected independent producer/writer/director whose credits include nationally broadcast PBS documentaries, live entertainment specials, news segments, re-enactments and live satellite feeds for ABC, NBS, CBS, CNN, FOX, HBO, Discovery, The Learning Channel, The History Channel, E! Entertainment & Lifetime Networks. She regularly serves as Field Producer of segments for nationally televised programs like “Good Morning, America,” “America’s Most Wanted,” and “Inside Edition.” She also produces high school and college recruiting videos, technical/medical films, fund-raising and tribute videos.

She has won special recognition for her cultural documentaries for PBS: her program Frozen Music: The Making of a Concert Hall, about I. M. Pei’s design and construction of the Meyerson Symphony Center, won an Emmy and a Matrix Award, and she was awarded a Texas Commission on the Arts grant for the production of Art Behind Bars about the art produced in American prisons, which also won a Bronze Apple Award from the National Educational Film & Video Association.

Judy Kelly has produced performance specials, The Dallas Observer Music Awards, for the local ABC-affiliate, WFAA-TV, as well as Impressions of Dallas, a multi-cultural community awareness documentary for which she led a collaboration between the Dallas Independent School District, the Dallas Museum of Art (which exhibited student photos), the Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV. Her documentary on The Pegasus Project, produced for the Central Dallas Association, won Questar and Videographer Awards of Excellence. Her tribute videos for The Catholic Foundation’s annual Awards banquets have won Telly, Videographer and Communicators Awards. Kelly has created “The Spirit of Ceramics” series for NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) which has been broadcast on local PBS stations in Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and Indiana. For those programs, she has won Davey (Gold & Silver), Communicators, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards.

Patrick Kelly has taught and directed plays at The University of Dallas since 1967, where he served as Professor of Drama until retiring. Mr. Kelly directs professional productions across the US, concentrating lately on Shakespeare plays in Dallas, Fort Worth, California and most frequently at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival on the campus of University of Colorado in Boulder. He has directed three productions of The Tempest, most recently in 2006 at Boulder.

He and Judy lecture and conduct Shakespeare workshops in a variety of places, including in 2005 and 2006 Oxford, England and in the Dolomite Alps for the travel and study group, MindTreks. He is a graduate of Jesuit High School in Dallas with a B.A. from Notre Dame University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts where he was in the first class of graduate students.

I had the wonderful opportunity to visit a previous opening house and had an enlightening experience.  I ventured over to the Routh home and thought ‘o how quaint of a little home’.  I didn’t realize the actually Institute is two nicely sized homes, one used more for lectures and speeches (the spotlight will be there at 6:30pm) and then the “open house” home that is a unique place.  Amongst the surrounding businesses these two homes stand out for their comforting quality.  I ventured from room to room bumping into friendly folks who just wanted to chat.  I ended up in a far room chatting with a lovely group of folks (5 of us total all huddled around a coffee table) and we tackled the current state of education in Dallas.  It didn’t matter the age difference between us five or who we were, where we worked or why we were there.  Now we introduced ourselves and got to better know each other, but there never was a moment of wondering “do I belong”.  In fact I felt completely at ease and able to voice my opinion on the discussion.  It was an unforgettable life changing experience that merely felt like another day at the Institute.

The 30 years of history, behind the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, really doesn’t showcase the years of knowledge, experience and hope that the fellows and board of trustees encompass.  It’s a place that doesn’t push you away because you may have questions or are curious.  In fact it rewards the virtue of being curious by befriending, educating, and eventually enlightening.  Just in my short time getting to know a small amount of the wonderful people who attend these open houses I’ve come to look at life differently.  It’s not an epiphany type moment or anything.  Rather you just meet good folks who don’t mind talking about many different subjects.  It’s an interactive place that isn’t afraid to be welcoming to newbies, outsiders or just curious cats.

Here are the details:

Open House – May 23, 5:30-7:30 pm. Click here to rsvp!

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