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TACA Distributes $753,000 In Grants To Local Arts


by Nusaiba Mizan 4 Feb 2019

For the first time, the group gives grants to visual arts, in addition to performing arts.

TACA 2018 Grants Celebration
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The Arts Community Alliance (TACA) distributed $753,000 in grants to local arts organizations at a reception Monday. The announcement and celebration of the grants was held in the lobby of One Arts Plaza.

TACA’s grants are normally earmarked for performing arts groups. For the first time, visual arts organizations also received funding.  Recipients included The Nasher Sculpture Center ($25,000), Dallas Museum of Art ($25,000), and Dallas Contemporary ($21,000).

Volunteers evaluated the grant applicants based on artistic excellence; innovation and originality; support of local artists and local creation; engagement and access to all Dallas County residents; and financial and administrative stewardship. The 54 volunteers observed 2,600 hours of performances by grant applicants.

“This year TACA has placed a priority on funding organizations that are excelling in their missions and most closely align with our five evaluative criteria,” said Tara Lewis, TACA’s grants committee chair.

A total of 48 organizations received money. The largest grants were awarded to Dallas Children’s Theater ($50,000), Dallas Black Dance Theater ($47,000) and The Dallas Opera ($42,000). Last year, TACA gave $700,000.

Grants of $5,000 were awarded to fourteen organizations including Voices of Change, Lumedia Musicworks, and the Irving Symphony Orchestra.

“Similarly, it’s important that we make early investments in young, artistic entrepreneurs,” said Lewis. “Our awards to Lumedia Musicworks and American Baroque Opera exemplify that philosophy, as do grants to organizations like Cry Havoc Theater Company and Dark Circles Contemporary Dance.”

African American Repertory Theater $5,000
American Baroque Opera Company $5,000
AT&T Performing Arts Center $25,000
Avant Chamber Ballet $5,000
Ballet Dallas $5,000
Blue Candlelight Music Series $5,000
Bruce Wood Dance $16,000
Cara Mía Theatre Co. $19,000
Chamber Music International $7,000
Chamberlain Performing Arts $9,000
Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas $26,000
Cry Havoc Theater Company $8,000
Dallas Bach Society $5,000
Dallas Black Dance Theatre $47,000
Dallas Chamber Symphony $14,000
Dallas Children’s Theater $50,000
Dallas Contemporary $21,000
Dallas Museum of Art $25,000
Dallas Symphony Orchestra $41,000
Dallas Theater Center $43,000
Dallas Winds $13,000
Dark Circles Contemporary Dance $15,000
Fine Arts Chamber Players $14,000
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra $19,000
Irving Symphony Orchestra $5,000
Junior Players $21,000
Kitchen Dog Theater $15,000
Lone Star Wind Orchestra $11,000
Lumedia Musicworks $5,000
Nasher Sculpture Center $25,000
Orchestra of New Spain $10,000
Orpheus Chamber Singers $5,000
Plano Civic Chorus $5,000
Plano Symphony Orchestra $20,000
Sammons Center for the Arts $12,000
Second Thought Theatre $11,000
Shakespeare Dallas $5,000
Soul Rep Theatre Company $5,000
Texas Winds Musical Outreach $11,000
The Dallas Opera $42,000
The Women’s Chorus of Dallas $5,000
Theatre Three $10,000
TITAS Presents $26,000
Turtle Creek Chorale $13,000
Undermain Theatre $15,000
Uptown Players $15,000
Voices of Change $5,000
WaterTower Theatre $14,000
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