Lily Cabatu Weiss
Dallas Arts District
Lily Weiss is the Executive Director for the Dallas Arts District and most recently served as the Artistic Director for Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA), 2nd Artistic Director since Paul Baker, founder of the school. She served as Chair of the Dance Department that now serves as a national model; she holds advanced degrees from Texas Woman’s University, has taught on the dance faculties at Southern Methodist University and Houston’s HSPVA, and joined the faculty at BTWHSPVA in 1978. Her dance credits include John Mead and Dancers in New York and Japan, the Texas Choreographers Award from the Texas Commission on the Arts, guest choreographer in the Dance Education Department-New York University, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, among others. Much of her work was instrumental in BTWHSPVA’s distinction as the Top 8 Magnet Schools by the U.S. Department of Education and the prestigious Texas Medal of Art award. Additional awards include the National Young Arts Foundation Distinguished Teacher, Distinguished Teacher by the Commission on Presidential Scholars twelve different years, SURDNA Arts Fellowship, Bates Dance Festival Teacher Fellowship, features in two articles in Dance Teacher magazine (2007,2009) for her work at BTWHSPVA, and features in the December 2018 issue of Arts + Culture Texas, and in Patron and D Magazine in 2016, among others. Her commitment to the arts in Dallas is reflected by serving on the Cultural Steering Committee for the City’s Cultural Plan, VisitDallas’ Cultural Tourism Committee, and a member of the Global Cultural Districts Network. She has worked tirelessly over the past four decades to further the arts and education in the community. Lily serves on the boards of TITAS / DANCE UNBOUND and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual. Her goals to create access and connectivity in the Dallas Arts District are demonstrated by her collaborative work on the CONNECT Master Plan, producing the Signature Block Party Series--a free, family-friendly event attracting over 60,000 visitors along with smaller activations throughout the year, and providing education outreach to 1,500+ students annually.