Translating Culture . . . Community Voices at the DMA grew out of a series of conversations between Susan Diachisin, the Kelli and Allen Questrom Director of the Center for Creative Connections (C3) at the Dallas Museum of Art and MAP Director, Janeil Engelstad. Taking place over several months, and during a time when the DMA was in process of embracing new ideas for engaging the community ( and returning to free general admission), Translating Culture dovetails with a central part of MAP's mission- to produce programs that are inclusive of multiple voices and perspectives and to provide access to cultural programs for communities that are often marginalized because of ethnicity and socio-economic reasons.
The foundation of Translating Culture was a series of workshops that took place twice a week in June and July 2013, where eleven members from the Dallas chapter of AVANCE learned about the DMA's collections. Working independently, in pairs, and as a group, the participants wrote their personal interpretations about a work of art of their choice. Their texts, along with images of the selected art, are included in a Spanish and English printed guide for visitors. The bi-lingual guide booklet launched at the DMA as a part of MAP 2013.