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Inspiring Stories from West Dallas

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars of West Dallas and surrounding areas below.

Gloria Lopez

Achieving my dream was not an easy road. I grew up with the odds of society against me. In West Dallas, otherwise known as the cradle to prison pipeline. I grew up with societal statistics and expectations, setting the bar at jail, death, or teen pregnancy. Drugs, gangs, violence, and segregation were abundant in our neighborhoods. Read more>>

Sharnell Lydia

I began Maiya’s Heart Project after the death of my 14-year-old daughter, Maiya Cunningham, who died due to heart failure while waiting on a life-saving transplant. My daughter, Maiya, was born with a congenital heart defect that would subsequently require her to receive a heart transplant before she reached the age of 16. Read more>>

Anaias Hawkins

I have dabbled in many forms of art like music, theatre, and poetry but I have always had a passion for drawing, painting and garment design. I have a been told that I have to pick one, but I just don’t believe you have to. After graduating from fashion design school, I taught Art for two years. Read more>>

Ruth Perez

I am from Veracruz, Mexico, in 2014 with my Cuban husband Rolando Marcelo, we came to live into the US. Louisiana was our first stop. And three years ago we moved to DFW area. We both has been musicians as professionals, I am a performer singer and my husband my music Director. He plays drums, bass, guitar, bongoes. Read more>>

Richard Weiss

Richard Weiss’ syndicated cartoon is published weekly. The beautifully penned cartoons inspired from Weiss’ stand up routine, are collected in his newly published book, “Weiss Cracks”, a hilarious and very punny collection of laughs. Weiss will be doing a book signing in downtown Palm Springs Thursday, June 12th from 6 pm to 8. Read more>>

Carla Castagna

At the age of 26, I finally moved by myself, my mother and my aunt get settled on their own. I still help them a little bit but I have more financial freedom. A bit after I started reading the book ‘The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. I didn’t finish it but I really recommend it! I believe it was chapter 4 that asked what was the first thing I ever wanted to be. I remembered. Read more>>

Richelle Denise

If someone would have told me I would grow to become a designer, I would have laughed in their face. I have always fancied myself a creative but growing up I was determined to become a lawyer. I was going to be the female Jack McCoy (Law and Order) by any means necessary, although I think down deep I knew that wasn’t what I really wanted to do with my life. Read more>>

Tim Lavender, Jack Son and Lisa Lavender

Lav’s Kitchen Table (LKY) was born out of Tim Lavender’s love of food, wine, and cooking! The original idea was Tim cooking on Fridays and putting out dishes as a way of improving his cooking and presentation skill and trying new recipes. He decided to invite some Facebook friends to come eat the food one Friday and Lav’s Kitchen Table was born. Read more>>

Carla Erskin

With my GPA on life-support, I managed to complete the courses needed to transfer to Texas Woman’s University. This was a long process. So many starts and stops that my dream seemed to be out of reach. I just kept at it and the longer I continued, the more disciplined I became. Read more>>

Andy Don Emmons

Next year will mark thirty years exhibiting and making art. I took a drawing class as an art elective at Sam Houston State University while studying Criminal Justice. I switched to a major and studied sculpture. After college, I worked and was caretaker of the legendary Texas folk artist Rev. Johnnie S. Swearigen. Read more>>

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