Exhibit explores dark history of Fair Park

The show runs through July 23.
Photo courtesy of Artstillery

The history of Fair Park comes with a troubling narrative of racism, segregation and government neglect. Artstillery, a local arts-based nonprofit, heard the stories of the neighborhood residents and are providing a platform for them to be told. Through hundreds of hours of interviews, Artstillery has created a brand-new, free of charge immersive experience titled, In Spite of History. This story will take audience members through the 1960s to today as they travel around Fair Park, experiencing the joy, heartbreak and humanity of this historic neighborhood. Six months of community interviews, research and collaboration weave stories into a community-driven performance that will transport the audience from the Natural History Museum to the Leonhardt Lagoon to the Cotton Bowl to the Tower Building to the front of the Women’s Building. In Spite of History plays Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. from July 1-23, with an additional performance on Thursday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. To reserve a free ticket, visit Artstillery.org. — Ilknur Ozgur