Dallas Creatives is a series from the Dallas Cultural Plan that celebrates local artists, creators, and their work. Dallas’ creative community contributes largely to the appeal and energy of the city. The city of Dallas is home to some amazingly talented creators, below is only a small snapshot of what the community has to offer. We’ll continue to feature more local talent, so check back often for the latest featured artists. Enjoy, share, and stay up to date by signing up for our newsletter at http://DallasCulture.news/email


Paris Payne
Visual Artist
I’m an artist, an image consultant, and I have a salon, Hair Lounge Dallas, on Swiss Avenue. My art is modern, contemporary, but more eclectic and freestyle. My artist’s name is Smith Paris Art. We’ve had the salon over ten years in that same location and I’ve been styling hair, makeup, fashion, and studied in all three genres for over 25 years. I’ve had Smith Paris Art for the past 5 years I’ve been on tour and really been pushing my art more than anything and it’s featured in the salon as a gallery. I’ve done my own shows here in Dallas, as well as Essence Fest, The Smith Center in Las Vegas, Washington D.C. with the Black Caucus, and the African Festival of the Arts in Chicago. Click here to read more
Dallas Creative Paris Payne
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Annie Benjamin
I’m a Dallas-based musician, actress, and activist. I have three self-produced recordings on my own recording label “Rocket Girl Music.” The Love and The Light: Live at the Bath House Cultural Center- 2017 Some Kind Of Wonder - 2007 Life's Blessings- 2001 In 2013, my colleagues at Echo Theatre and I wrote "The Echo Room Presents: Her Song", which won a Dallas Column Award for best new work by a local playwright. It celebrates female American songwriters between 1900 and 1940, many of whom were never given the credit they rightfully deserved. It has had four highly successful runs and this February it will be produced for a fifth run. Click here to read more Click here to read more
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Edyka Chilomé
Activist and Cultural Worker
I am an arts activist and cultural worker who uses the mediums of writing, speaking, community organizing, teaching, and performing. My work is rooted and inspired by my identities both as a queer woman of color, and daughter of indigenous mestizo migrants from what is now called Mexico and Central America. I am the author of a collection of published poems titled “She Speaks Poetry,” and have written various essays, articles, and performance pieces that engage the conversations of healing, transformation, identity, community, and culture. I’ve had the honor of being invited all over the U.S. and Latin America to share my poetry and to learn how various communities engage the power of art and activism. Click here to read more
Activist and Cultural Worker
Dallas Creative Edyka Chilomé