Transform 1012 N. Main Street announced it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to receive a Grants for Arts Projects award of $35,000.
Transform 1012 N. Main Street ( Transform 1012) is a coalition of nine local arts, grassroots and services organizations including DNAWORKS, LGBTQ SAVES, Opal Lee Foundation, SOL Ballet Folklorico, Tarrant County Coalition for Peace and Justice, The Welman Project, Window to Your World, and the 1012 Youth Council. They represent groups of people in Fort Worth who were targeted by the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920’s, specifically Black, Catholic, Hispanic, Immigrant, Jewish, and LGBTQQ2SPIAA+ populations.
This grant will support the cost associated with design costs for the building located at 1012 N. Main Street in Fort Worth which was originally built and occupied by the Ku Klux Klan in 1924. This grant is one of 1,251 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling nearly $28.8 million that were announced by the NEA as part of its first round of fiscal year 2023 grants.
Transform 1012 is engaging the process of radically transforming this building into a center for arts and community healing as an opportunity for reparative justice. Transform 1012 models a pluricultural and shared leadership approach to repurposing, programming, and managing the Fred Rouse Center.
This Coalition ensures that the building will be led and programmed by representatives of the cultural groups that were targeted by the Ku Klux Klan in this region. This adaptive re-use project returns resources to the communities who suffered at the hands of the KKK and who continue to be targeted for systemic racism and oppression.