Transform 1012 N. Main Street is a Texas-based, non-profit coalition of local arts, grassroots, and service organizations and groups: DNAWORKS, LGBTQ SAVES, Opal Lee Foundation, SOL Ballet Folklorico, Tarrant County Coalition for Peace and Justice, The Welman Project, Window to Your World, and the 1012 Youth Council. Our partners include: MASS Design Group, Post L Group, JL Powers & Associates, The Projects Group, SpawGlass, Saira Jasmine Concepts and United Way of Tarrant County.
We represent groups of people in Fort Worth who were targeted by the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920’s, specifically Black, Catholic, Hispanic, Immigrant, Jewish, and LGBTQQ2SPIAA+ populations.
“This is an opportunity to connect the past and present, interpret history through the power of place, engage the public in programs that stimulate dialogue on pressing social issues, share opportunities for public action on the issues raised at the site, and promote universal cultures of human rights.”
- Elizabeth Silkes, Executive Director
International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
Transform 1012 N. Main Street was founded by eight local community groups bringing together leaders in the arts, social justice programming, and building design to catalyze transformational civic engagement and community partnerships. Transform 1012 is a movement of reparative justice and memorial activism.
“We cannot undo what has been done. We can learn from it.”
- Dr. Opal Lee, Opal Lee Foundation
MEET THE LEADERSHIP TEAM
DNAWORKS, founded by Daniel Banks and Adam W. McKinney, founded in 2006, is an arts and service organization that has worked in thirty-seven states and seventeen countries to bring people closer together through dance, theatre, film, and community story circles, focusing on identity, heritage, culture, and genealogy.
LGBTQ SAVES, founded by Sharon Herrera in 2010 after several nationwide LGBTQ youth suicides, is a service organization that works to build a community where ALL youth are safe and to provide safe and brave spaces designed for social and personal development of LGBTQ youth. Its programs and lifeline chat offer hope in the lives of each youth served.
OPAL LEE FOUNDATION. Dr. Opal Lee worked tirelessly to commemorate Juneteenth, the abolition of enslavement in Texas, which occurred more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. In 2016, at the age of 86, she brought attention to this campaign walking from Fort Worth to Washington, DC; and on June 17, 2021, Juneteenth became a federal holiday. Dr. Lee also founded Opal's Farm, a community farm that employs formerly incarcerated people.
SOL BALLET FOLKLÓRICO, founded by Freddy Cantú, Co-Founder and Director and Román Ramírez, Co-Founder, is an award-winning cultural dance and leadership training program for youth of all ages from the North Side of Fort Worth; performs for over 10,000 people annually at churches, schools, children’s hospitals, and city festivals locally, nationally, and internationally.
TARRANT COUNTY COALITION FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE, an organization founded in 2018, is a non-profit truth and reconciliation team that designs collaborative education to increase recollection, promote reflection, and encourage reconsideration of the significance of racial terror violence in U.S. History.
THE FRED ROUSE FOUNDATION, founded by Fred Rouse, III, Director and grandson of Mr. Fred Rouse, is an outstanding love driven organization that is focused on serving underprivileged communities and people. The mission of the organization is to provide support and resources to the health, education, and financial landscape of our North Texas Communities and beyond.
THE WELMAN PROJECT, led by Vanessa Barker and Taylor Willis, is a creative reuse venture focused on reimagining business waste to provide North Texas students with equitable access to hands-on educational resources; they are seeking to open a community tool library and maker space.
WINDOW TO YOUR WORLD, founded by Ayesha Ganguly, specializes in program design and implementation, community outreach, group facilitation for non-profit organizations, and capacity building for youth. Ayesha is the Development & Community Outreach Manager at Amphibian Stage Productions in Fort Worth.
1012 YOUTH COUNCIL centers the imaginations and stories of Fort Worth’s youth through educational initiatives, sustained action, and by uniting youth and elders.
INTERNATIONAL COALITION OF SITES OF CONSCIENCE provides safe spaces to remember and preserve even the most traumatic memories, but they enable their visitors to make connections between the past and related contemporary human rights issues.human rights
J.L. POWER & ASSOCIATES provides business consulting and strategic planning for economic and infrastructure development. Because of JLP’s backgrounds in a range of public service positions, they provide expert advice on government procedures and how to get things done in a timely and cost-efficient manner.
MASS DESIGN GROUP is a non-profit organization with a mission to research, build, and advocate for architecture that promotes justice and human dignity. MASS does this through engaging with the communities in which they work to understand project opportunities, challenges, and inspiration in order to create systemic change.
POST L GROUP has built a legacy of construction management skills in the DFW Region. We engage clients by working with Owners and Design Teams early to identify goals. We are involved in both private/public sector finish-outs, new construction, and renovations. We are a results-oriented contractor with multimillion-dollar projects completed through strong partnerships and efficient coordination.
THE PROJECTS GROUP, based in Fort Worth, is widely recognized around North America as a premier project management firm, specializing in cultural and performing arts facilities. Our projects are unique, architecturally significant, and highly technical in their operational function. We lead projects that ensure all are welcome and able to learn and grow in community.
SAIRA JASMINE | CONCEPTS is a boutique practice which provides marketing coaching, design consultation and career guidance to creative entrepreneurs, wellness practitioners, non-profits, students and young professionals.
SPAWGLASS is a construction management firm providing services beginning in preconstruction and continuing to post-occupancy, customized to fit the specific needs of each client and individual project.
UNITED WAY OF TARRANT COUNTY has worked to improve the lives of those in our communities since 1922. As a nonprofit leader, we bring together individuals, groups, donors and service providers to help solve some of the toughest social issues affecting Tarrant County. Each year, United Way of Tarrant County helps more than 300,000 people through its resources. United Way of Tarrant County has no fees on donor designations, with 100 percent of the donation going to the selected agency or cause.