December TACA Pop-Up Grant Announcement
Announcing Our Newest Pop-Up Grantees
Creating and sharing art amidst a global pandemic is no simple task! That is why we created TACA Pop-Up Grants – to celebrate and reward local arts organizations for programming that demonstrates exceptional quality, creativity & innovation, and accessibility & inclusion. Grantees were selected via a nomination process that incorporates 35 anonymous local volunteers. Pop-Up Grants are an important component of the TACA Resiliency Initiative – a focused effort to support and strengthen Dallas arts and cultural organizations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, visit taca-arts.org/resiliency.
TACA’s December Pop-Up Grantees are Bruce Wood Dance, Cara Mía Theatre Co., Dallas Theater Center, Lumedia Musicworks, and Turtle Creek Chorale! They each received a grant of $2,000 to celebrate and reward their programming listed below.
Bruce Wood Dance
Hailed as Dallas’ “shining star” by Arts and Culture Texas, Bruce Wood Dance (BWD) is a contemporary dance company that harnesses the power of dance to entertain, enrich, and heal. Acknowledged as “emotionally charged and highly kinetic” by ArtandSeek.org, BWD has been recognized for its artistic excellence, dance films, high caliber productions, collaborations, and community-building programs. Keep in touch with Bruce Wood Dance on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
HOPE carries on the legacy of late founder, Bruce Wood,® who said, “Dance should give you an experience that is human and humane.” HOPE takes you on an emotional journey weaving stories about justice, love, compassion, and healing. These world premiere dance films are socially relevant and speak to the challenges in today’s world.
Cara Mía Theatre Co.
Remember. Breathe. Dream.
Founded in 1996, the mission of Cara Mía Theatre is to inspire and engage people to uplift their communities through transformative Latinx theatre, multicultural youth arts experiences and community action. Cara Mía Theatre is committed to a value system that supports an original aesthetic, excellence in practice, cultural authenticity and social justice. Cara Mía Theatre uses these values to unearth history, create new perspectives and give voice to underrepresented communities not limited to the Latinx demographic. Keep in touch with Cara Mía Theatre on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Remember. Breathe. Dream. is a contemplative visual arts experience that invites us to reimagine a new world. This exhibition of five multimedia installations provokes us to remember where we have come from, breathe in the present moment and dream out our future. Cara Mía Theatre’s first ever visual arts exhibition features installations created by diverse artists including:
• Cara Mía’s Playwright In Residence Virginia Grise and director Kendra Ware and designer Tanya Orellana
• Dallas sculptor Andrew Scott in collaboration with Zen master Ruben Habito from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology
• Storyteller and healer Stefanie Tovar
Dallas Theater Center
In the Bleak Midwinter – A Christmas Carol for Our Time
Dallas Theater Center’s mission is to engage, entertain, and inspire our diverse community by creating experiences that stimulate new ways of thinking and living. They do this by consistently producing plays, educational programs, and other initiatives that are of the highest quality and reach the broadest possible constituency. As one of the leading regional theaters in the country and the 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award® Recipient, Dallas Theater Center produces a six-play subscription series of classic, musical, and new plays with annual productions of A Christmas Carol and a Public Works Dallas participatory theater production each season. Keep in touch with Dallas Theater Center on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Opening Dallas Theater Center’s season is a new adaptation of the classic A Christmas Carol, DTC’s annual holiday favorite. In the Bleak Midwinter: A Christmas Carol for Our Time, Kevin Moriarty’s re-imagined production opens with Scrooge lying in a contemporary hospital bed alone on Christmas Eve. The world premiere film, a virtual release only, provides a holiday event to enjoy within the comfort of homes.
Welcome to the West
Lumedia Musicworks brings early music to life through captivating live performance and short film. Lumedia’s core team, which is highly trained in historically informed performance practices, performs on reproductions of instruments from the baroque, renaissance and medieval periods at historical pitch. Keep in touch with Lumedia Musicworks on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
Welcome to the West brings early music to new audiences by combining baroque fiddling tunes and 1940s western swing in a multimedia concert film about ranching life in the American West. The unique soundtrack reanimates historic film footage and photographs from the Library of Congress. Lumedia Musicworks’ Texas ensemble expands to collaborate with multiple videographers and cowboy poets and narrators from Texas, Nevada, South Dakota, Idaho and Utah.
Turtle Creek Chorale
The world-renowned Turtle Creek Chorale is the most recorded male chorus in the world with over 250 members, predominantly from the LGBTQ+ community. For 40 years, the TCC has enriched the lives of millions through song and this year is no different, even in a pandemic. Keep in touch with Turtle Creek Chorale on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
Holidays Unmuted is a virtual holiday experience narrated by B.J. Cleveland, as Liza Minelli, and features members of the TCC along with clips of the entire chorus from last year’s holiday concert. This virtual concert includes some fan favorites from their live performances — just reimagined. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will be filled with the spirit of the holidays, even during these challenging and uncertain times.