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The Fort Worth Cultural District Alliance is the only organization dedicated solely to the preservation and promotion of our city’s unique and diverse Cultural District. Through the support of our members, dedicated volunteer Board of Directors, and corporate, civic, and community leaders, our work helps to ensure the success of the Cultural District as a vital part of our city’s vibrant economy.

Dustin Van Orne, CDA Chairman

Currently the Manager of Strategic Marketing and Visitor Services at @themodernfw and CDA Board member since 2016, Dustin brings a wealth of business and preservation experience.

Dustin's innovative and energizing projects have been brought to life in his new leadership role!

Click below learn more about Dustin’s history in Fort Worth, and his exciting take on the growth and development of our incredible district.

Welcome Letter

Board of Directors:


Dustin Van Orne

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Past Chairman

Max Holderby

Urbantown, Inc.

Vice Chair

Marlene Beckman

Kensington Properties


Ken Loose

VLK Architects


Jerry Thompson

Inwood Bank


Neil Barrow

Whitley Penn

Bethany Baker

Magnolia Motor Lounge

Denise Bollinger

Fort Worth Museum of Science & History

Fernando Costa

City of Fort Worth

Robert Chu


Margaret DeMoss

The DeMoss Company

Susan Drake

Kimbell Art Museum

Melissa Dunn

West 7th Neighborhood Alliance

Susan Gruppi

M2G/The Foundry

Chris Harmon

Will Rogers Memorial Center

Jason Hartley

UNT Health Science Center

Ginger Johnson

LegacyTexas Bank

Jonathan Morris

Fort Worth Barber Shop

Phillip Poole

Townsite Company

Lindsey Rushen

Casa Manana

Brandon Searcy


Roger Smith

Red Dog Studios

Scott Wilcox

Amon Carter Museum of American Art


The Cultural District Alliance is the only organization dedicated solely to the preservation and promotion of the Fort Worth Cultural District.



The importance of connecting corporate and community leaders, residents, elected officials, locals and tourists to the businesses, opportunities, and activities of the Cultural District.


The Cultural District will continue to thrive if we consistently offer creative content throughout the district. The arena project, Fortress Festival, the recent KAWS, and so much more are seemingly great examples of bringing high-caliber creativity to the District to make it more of a destination for locals and tourists alike.


Collaboration is key in creating the most dynamic District possible.  The businesses, museums, City, community groups, and residents will achieve more through collaboration.


  • The Fort Worth Cultural District Alliance is privileged to represent more than 100 business and tourism leaders who are committed to advancing our mission.
  • The Fort Worth Cultural District Alliance's primary program work includes developing and maintaining a cohesive cultural district, sharing successes and concerns with stakeholders, and influence design and development.
  • The Fort Worth Cultural District Alliance’s primary committees are Design and Urban Development, Urban Mobility, Arts Connection, and Safety.

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