Southlake is turning 64 on September 22 and everyone is invited come together to share their spirit and celebrate the City we love and call home! To kick-off the celebration, the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture is hosting a city-wide poster contest, calling for submissions of original art by Friday, October 2.
The theme of the contest is “We are Southlake!” and each artist is asked to visually represent what they love and are celebrating about our community this birthday. Participants are asked to display the posters or art in your windows or front yard for the community to see and enjoy throughout during the City’s birthday week September 20 – 26.
Mayor Laura Hill and the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture will judge entries and select winners. Winners will be announced in early October.
Art submissions will be judged by age category (see official rules for more information). The winners of each category will have their art displayed on the light poles throughout Southlake Town Square this fall! All posters submitted will be included in a celebratory mosaic, also exhibited in Southlake Town Square, to share the unity and spirit of Southlake.
All art must be the original work of the entrant and should be finished and unframed. Any artistic medium or size is acceptable, but entries must be submitted in vertical/portrait orientation. Winning submissions will be displayed on the light poles in Town Square and may require cropping to fit. Full art contest submission guidelines can be found on the contest website and all guidelines must be met to qualify for entry.
For more information and to submit an entry, visit: CityofSouthlake.com/MAUCArtContest.
The Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture hosted a Virtual Town Hall on July 29 with the Southlake Police Department to ask and answer questions Southlake residents have about the Police Department.
Watch the event recording and follow-up video here.
Mayor Laura Hill was joined by Alliance members and Southlake residents Anthony Shelton and Elisa O’Callaghan to host and moderate the event. Acting Police Chief Ashleigh Casey answered questions along with Captain Randy Thomas, SRO Sergeant John Stokes, SRO Corporal Blas Hernandez, SRO Frank Rogers (Carroll Sr. High School), SRO Cory Rattan (Carroll High School), SRO Brett Roberson (Carroll Middle School), and SRO Anthony Pate (Dawson Middle School).
“The Alliance filled a complete calendar of incredible events for our citizens to experience during 2020 and had to be canceled due to COVID-19,” Hill said during the event. “They were quick to pivot this summer, especially after the murder of George Floyd. We came together and made the decision to give our citizens an opportunity to speak to us and ask us their questions.”
During the event, the Southlake Police Department answered questions that were submitted ahead of time by Southlake residents. Casey and her team answered questions relating to police policies, training and education, the School Resource Officer program, equipment and other policing matters. Though questions were not taken during the event, all questions asked were tracked and after the event Casey answered those questions.
Look for more virtual events from the Mayor’s Alliance coming this fall. Have an idea for a Mayor’s Alliance event? Submit it here.
The Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture invites residents to a virtual Town Hall with the Southlake Police Department. Alliance members will be joined by Southlake Mayor Laura Hill, Assistant Police Chief Ashleigh Casey and members of the Southlake Police Department.
“The Alliance’s mission is to build community unity in Southlake,” Southlake Mayor Laura Hill said. “We know that building strong relationships starts with bringing everyone to the table to have a conversation. Through this event, our citizens will be able to get answers to their questions and share their concerns with the Police Department.”
The virtual Town Hall will take place on Wednesday, July 29 from 6 – 7 p.m.
Questions should be submitted to the Mayor’s Alliance by Tuesday, July 28 at 12 p.m., using this form. The Mayor’s Alliance members moderating the forum will ask questions as time allows and reserve questions for a future Town Hall, if needed.
For more information about the Southlake Police Department, please visit the City’s website.
The Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture is accepting applications for additional members. Applications are open for the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture until July 30.
In late 2018, Mayor Laura Hill met with Southlake students to engage in conversations about creating meaningful change after a video surfaced on social media showing local teens chanting racist words. Shortly after, the Mayor and City Council created the Mayor’s Alliance and appointed the first members to act in an advisory capacity to the Council and city staff in the planning and implementation of programs and activities involving diversity, inclusion, and equality.
“The Alliance has accomplished great work since being appointed,” said Mayor Laura Hill. “Many of the events to bring the community together in 2020 have been impacted by COVID-19, and the group is pivoting their plan to unite the community virtually until it is safe for us to gather in-person.”
In the Alliance’s first year the group established their strategic direction, developed and conducted a Community Survey, workshopped and established recommendations for a Community Action Plan, hosted a joint art exhibit with the Southlake Arts Council, participated in other city-wide community events, established a 2020 calendar of community events, expanded Celebrate Southlake into a weekend-long community-building event to include a Community Dinner and family trivia day.
“I have heard from so many students, business owners, and residents that are wanting to make a change in our community. We are expanding the Alliance so that more voices can be represented and heard,” added the Mayor. “I believe in Southlake, and I believe in anyone who is willing to stand up with me to make Southlake the best it can be.”
The Alliance is open to members of established boards and commissions, community interest, and philanthropic groups, the faith-based community, the business community, or any other interested individual including students.
For more information about the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture or to apply, please visit CityofSouthlake.com/MayorsAlliance.