John is the founder and CEO of AVOI, a full-service consulting firm specializing in creative leadership, civic arts advocacy and diversity consulting. Before founding AVOI, Batiste served as the Executive Director for the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) for 14 years. He was Director of Programs for TCA for the 5-year period before his appointment as Executive Director. Prior to joining the TCA staff in 1983, John Paul served as Assistant Director for the Dallas City Arts Program, a municipal Art Agency.
Batiste serves as President of The Young Art Institute in Education in Dallas. He is also an emeritus member of The Mid America Arts Alliance Board, advisory member of The African American Repertory Theater and a member of the St. Anthony’s Parish Council.
John Paul is the recipient of The Rosewood Award, presented in honor of those individuals, organizations and institutions whose extraordinary support to Dallas Children’s Theatre reflects their understanding of and appreciation for the role that the creative arts play in the lives of young people.