Celebrate Southlake kicks off another year of celebrating culture, history and community through food, music, performances and entertainment.
This year, the event will be held virtually March 21 – 27.
Tune in with your neighbors and enjoy games, recipes, virtual performances and much more! The best part is that all are events are free to join.
Check out a full event schedule.
For more information, please visit www.CelebrateSouthlake.com.
Head to Southlake Town Square soon? Take a stroll in Family Park and checking out our new light pole banners featuring the winners of the Mayor’s Alliance Poster Contest.
“We’re thrilled to see the creativity of our incredible community!” said Mayor Laura Hill. “Everyone who visits Town Square will see the community spirit and love that our residents have for Southlake.”
Winners of the “We are Southlake” Poster Contest were selected by Mayor Laura Hill and the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture.
Congratulations to each of the winners:
“On behalf of the Mayor’s Alliance, congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to our participants for putting a smile on the faces of our community and bringing joy to our city,” added Mayor Hill. “This art truly shows the strong resilient community that we are. We are Southlake!”
All qualifying entries submitted were included on the “We are Southlake” mosaic banner, hanging in Rustin Pavilion. While you’re out, take a photo with the mosaic and tag #WeAreSouthlake and #MAUC!
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 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.
UPDATE MARCH 12, 2020: Celebrate Southlake has been postponed. Read more here.
Join Mayor Laura Hill and her Alliance for Unity & Culture as they Celebrate Southlake, March 20 -22 in Bicentennial Park.
Celebrate Southlake is a community event designed to bring the people of Southlake together in celebration of our cultural diversity and inclusion that makes our beautiful city so special.
As Mayor Hill has said before, “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.”
Celebrate Southlake events provide an opportunity and location to gather and have conversations that contribute to creating meaningful change and inclusion in our community all while enjoying food, music, performances and entertainment.
New this year will be three days of different events to help celebrate our great community. If you can’t make it to one event, there will be two other opportunities to celebrate with us!
On Friday, March 20, take some time to talk with Mayor Hill and members of her Alliance for Unity & Culture while enjoying a meal in Bicentennial Park, appropriately right on Unity Way. The Community Dinner kicks off at 5 p.m. Sit side-by-side with your neighbors, taste a variety of world cuisines and feast on engaging conversation. It’s a special opportunity to really break bread with your Southlake neighbors and get to know them. Sharing a meal is always a great opportunity to sit back, relax and take time for conversation. The Community Dinner gives you the opportunity to do just that while enjoying a variety of local cultural cuisines available for purchase.
Saturday, March 21, the fun moves to Aria Amphitheater and The Marq promenade to bring back the cultural festival that started Celebrate Southlake three years ago. We invite you to “Travel the World” with us and visit cultural booths. While you’re learning more be sure to get your Celebrate Southlake passport stamped. The passport will make the perfect keepsake to commemorate all the different cultures that make up Southlake. When you’re not learning more at the booths, take in some of the cultural performances and entertainment. Some of the entertainment will include Indian music and dance, the music of China and much more. Kids and adults will enjoy lawn games and various interactive cultural activities.
Celebrate Southlake wraps up on Sunday, March 22 at Champions Club with a family-friendly trivia competition. Teams of six will compete to answer questions and prove their knowledge of local and world history and culture all while enjoying small snacks and refreshments. Prizes will be awarded each round, with the last team standing taking home the grand prize.
We hope you will save the date and join us. This promises to be a special weekend so tell your friends and neighbors and we hope to see you there. For more information, please visit our website or give us a call at (817) 748-8019.
The Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture would like your feedback! The committee is launching a city-wide pulse survey to engage everyone who lives, works and attend schools in Southlake about their experiences and feelings of being welcomed, accepted and the openness of the community to all people.
The anonymous survey is estimated to take about five to seven minutes to complete and allows for several opportunities to share personal experiences. The survey is open to all residents, business owners and employees, and students in Southlake, and may be taken by more than one member of a household.
“The great aspect about the Community Survey is that it allows for all members of our community a space where they can provide open and honest feedback without fear of judgement,” said Lauren LaNeave, Assistant to the City Manager.
The survey and information gathered is a key form of citizen input that will help the Alliance in developing recommendations for the Community Action Plan. This plan will provide a roadmap for the Alliance’s work to build unity in Southlake.
The survey will remain open until Monday, August, 5 2019. Take the survey today!
Learn more about the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture here.
The City of Southlake took home three awards from the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) for government communication excellence.
The Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture video was announced as the winner in the Public Service Announcement Marketing video category. The City worked with Mayor Laura Hill to create the video after two racially charged incidents. The video served as an invitation for people to join the Alliance, which now has more than 30 members and is working toward the creation of a community plan. The video can be viewed in its entirety by clicking here. To learn more about the Mayor’s Alliance, visit www.CityofSouthlake.com/MayorsAlliance.
An Award of Excellence was given to Southlake DPS for Best Use of Social Media (Planned). The Humanizing the Badge social media posts on three main areas: sound police management practices and protocols, the officers’ professional training, and their relationship-building activities. The campaign was also the recipient of the Public Relations of America’s (PRSA) Silver Anvil Award for Best Campaign $5,000 or less, Government. If you haven’t already, check out the Southlake DPS Facebook and Twitter pages by clicking here and here.
Southlake DPS was also recognized with a TAMIO Award of Honor for its educational Public Service Announcement – Southlake Police Speeding Infomercial. The video was produced in a funny infomercial style to detail the process of what happens when drivers get a speeding ticket and how they can avoid this hassle in the future. To view the infomercial, click here.
“We are always striving to find new ways to inform and to get our residents involved and engaged in City government,” said Assistant City Manager Alison Ortowski. “We are honored that the judges made special note of these communication and marketing efforts.”
TAMIO recognizes municipalities for communication excellence in more than 20 categories. The City of Southlake received two awards in 2018 for including one for its Bench the Grinch video reminding people to Hide, Lock, Take.
Several members of the community came together with the goal to encourage more diversity, inclusion and equality in Southlake at the first Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture meeting on Monday, March 25 in Town Hall.
City Council appointed individuals who applied for the committee in January. The appointed Alliance members represent all walks of life from students to corporate executives with diverse ethnicities and backgrounds.
The Alliance will act in an advisory capacity to City Council and City staff in the planning and implementation of programs and activities involving diversity, inclusion and equality.
During the meeting, Alliance members reviewed the City’s strategic framework and discussed the draft framework created for the Alliance. This framework will assist the Alliance as they begin their work. Over the next several months, the Alliance will begin working on a Community Action Plan with recommendations to present to City Council in January 2020. This plan will address ways to encourage community unity in Southlake. To help guide this process, Alliance members participated in small group discussions on how they would like to move forward and stay engaged throughout the creation of this plan. This activity allowed for student members to engage with more mature members and share ideas from several different perspectives.
“It was great to see younger members interacting with the older members, everyone has a point of view to share,” said Mayor Laura Hill. “I was truly encouraged by the discussion we all had and am looking forward to continuing our mission with this group. I believe in this fantastic group of people and all they will bring to the table to help make Southlake the best is can be.”
In addition to the creation of an action plan, the Alliance will work to promote community building, unity, and bridge City communication. They will work to identify partnership opportunities and support local cultural programs. They will also consider recommendations on policies to City Council that are potential barriers to inclusion of all protected classes. Alliance members will help support City communication by sharing information and engaging with other community members, friends and family to broaden the City’s reach. The next meeting will take place on April 24. To learn more about the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture, click here.