The Beauty of
Capturing The Now, Before The Future
About The Project.
The process of capturing the beauty of an individual's spirit has always intrigued me. The art of storytelling greatly influences my multimedia artwork, for which I am grateful. My eagerness and love for the world and others have driven me to create a body of work that highlights environmental spaces, communities, and individual inspirations. When I embarked on my project titled "The Beauty of South Dallas: Capturing the Now Before the Future," I felt a mix of excitement and nervousness about where to begin. Given the vastness of South Dallas, I wanted to ensure that I captured the essence of the land.
The opportunity to create under the Juanita Craft House Artist Residency, supported by the South Dallas Cultural Center, filled me with tremendous joy. Learning about Juanita Craft's extraordinary life and history was inspiring. Her mission to heal others and her political activism during the Civil Rights Movement fascinated me. Both the people and the land of South Dallas possess a unique beauty. The older buildings stand as symbols of the struggles individuals have faced while growing up here, and to me, that embodies strength. Many areas within South Dallas are undergoing development, and I worry about the effects of gentrification. My goal was to document the current state of South Dallas before the future arrives, as the people.
Multimedia Artist, Nitashia Johnson
for the Juanita Craft House Artist Residency
Featured South Dallas Natives
James & Flo Hunt
“This house was built in 1926 and the wood used to build it is rare and hard to find.”
"The people are what I find beautiful about South Dallas. It's the people here."
“SOUTH DALLAS IS WHERE I MET AN TEACHER THAT
HELPED CHANGE MY LIFE. I'LL NEVER FORGET THAT."