skip navigation

The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture (The Alliance) is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Projects award of $25,000. The grant will support the design and installation of a permanent sculpture celebrating Charlye Ola Farris, Texas’ first African American female lawyer.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support the excellence and diversity of arts programs across the country, including organizations like The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture, that make the arts accessible to people in Wichita Falls, and further enhance the vitality of their community,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD.

“This grant will play a pivotal role in realizing our vision for a lasting tribute to Ms. Farris,” Ann Arnold-Ogden, Executive Director of The Alliance said. “The NEA’s support underscores the profound impact of Ms. Farris’ contributions, and we are grateful for their recognition of the cultural significance of this project.”

The Alliance has engaged Lubbock-based Master Sculptor Eddie Dixon to design and create the sculpture. The sculpture will be prominently located on the Wichita Courthouse Lawn, directly across from Farris’ longtime law offices.

“This award is a major milestone for the project. It has helped us reach 75% of our fundraising goal for the sculpture,” Arnold-Ogden said.

For more information on other projects included in the NEA’s grant announcement, visit