Our signature education program, Project Discovery, was recognized on April 23rd, 2015 with the Dallas Independent School District's Emmet J. Conrad Extra Mile Award for outstanding ongoing support of the district.
The award is named for the late Emmett J. Conrad, a Dallas ISD board member and community icon who championed community support for our public schools. It is traditionally presented to an individual or group whose efforts have extended over a period of years, to serve a number of schools or students.
"Dallas Theater Center’s Project Discovery has a 29-year track record of commitment of support to our district, and has served more than 265,000 Dallas ISD high school students in that time. Through on-your-feet activities, our students improve their creativity, engage in teamwork, and build their confidence. Through curriculum-related content, students explore literary themesand historic aspects of wide-ranging dramatic works... In 2013, this partnership earned the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award - now it’s our turn to put the spotlight on the DTC with a special award of a historic nature. The Dallas ISD Extra Mile Award is named for the late Emmett J. Conrad, who was a Dallas ISD board member (and also served on the Texas State Board of Education) and who, as community icon, championed support for our public schools. The award is traditionally presented to an individual or group whose efforts have extended over a period of years, to serve a number of schools or students – and with 265,000 students served – this recognition is well earned."
-Paula Blackmon, Senior Executive Director-Intergovernmental Affairs and Community Relations