Interim Director of Arts and Culture
City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture
Benjamin Espino was appointed Interim Director of the Office of Arts and Culture (OAC) on April 1, 2022. Prior to this interim appointment he served as Assistant Director of the Office of Arts & Culture from June 2021 to March 2022. As Interim Director, he oversees all the functions of the OAC from the Cultural Funding Programs Division, cultural facilities, including the neighborhood cultural centers, and the Public Art Program. Concurrently, he is finishing the calendar year as General Manager of the Latino Cultural Center, the position he has held since November 2, 2011. The Latino Cultural Center (LCC) is a division of the City of Dallas’ Office of Arts & Culture. Designed by internationally recognized Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, the Latino Cultural Center is one of Dallas’ premier architectural gems and serves as a regional catalyst for the preservation, promotion, and development of Latino and Hispanic arts and culture and home to various Latino/a performing arts organizations. Most recently, he oversaw a 5,200 sq. ft. expansion of the center that was part of the master plan for the facility. This $3.8M project will provide an additional performance space (black box theater) for the center’s programs and nurture the growth of the center’s future resident companies, Cara Mia Theatre Co. and Teatro Dallas. Prior to that he worked at Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth, TX in various capacities from 2000 to 2011, including Managing Director (2007-2011). During his tenure, the theater’s operating budget more than doubled in size. Founded in 1981 by Rudy and Marian Eastman, Jubilee Theatre is one of the oldest and longest running African-American theater companies in Texas and the United States.
He received his Bachelors of Arts cum laude with a double major in English and History from Southwestern Adventist University in May 2000. He currently serves on the Cultural Tourism Committee of VisitDallas and has served on funding panels for the Arts Council of Fort Worth, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in the Oak Lawn neighborhood of Dallas and enjoys the outdoors. He was a member of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Leadership Dallas Class of 2018.
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