DNAWORKS is a Fort Worth, Texas-based arts and service organization dedicated to dialogue and healing through the arts. Founded in 2006 by Daniel Banks and Adam W. McKinney, DNAWORKS centers Global Majority and LGBTQQ2SPIAA+ voices to create more complex representations of identity, culture, class, and heritage in dance, theatre, film, and writing.
DNAWORKS creates original performance and community events using an organic, ensemble-based process to catalyze the creativity and self-expression of participants, including professional artists, educators, community members, and leaders from multiple sectors. DNAWORKS's process begins with active listening and dialogue. We do not enter spaces with preconceived notions of what a creative process will be. We believe in the power of art to stimulate community dialogue and healing, especially in under-invested communities.
DNAWORKS has led its award-winning programming and performances, promoting dialogue-based social justice action and community building, with arts, educational, and community organizations in thirty-seven states and seventeen countries. DNAWORKS believes that art = ritual = healing = community and that this philosophy and practice lead to a more peaceful world.