2020 TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon
Honoring Matrice Ellis-Kirk and Mike Rawlings
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – 12:00 p.m.
Presented by J.P.Morgan and Neiman Marcus | Fairmont Dallas – Regency Ballroom
Holly Mayer and Lucilo Peña, Co-Chairs
Celebrated annually, the TACA Silver Cup Award recognizes two individuals for their outstanding volunteer leadership and contributions to the arts in North Texas. The TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon serves as a unique opportunity to honor these individuals and gather the region’s civic and cultural leaders, patrons, and volunteers in support of distinguished leadership and volunteerism in the arts.
Dallas business and community leader Matrice Ellis-Kirk has been a lifelong lover of the arts and a champion of the Dallas cultural community. She is simultaneously a voice of support for the city’s historic cultural institutions, and for providing resources to support diverse new, small and ethnic-focused arts groups. She has been a strong advocate for arts education and community engagement, and for bringing new voices and diversity onto board and leadership positions.
Chair of the AT&T Performing Arts Center Board of Directors since 2015, her Center Board services began in 2001. She serves on the Board of Directors for TITAS/Dance Unbound, and has been a longtime supporter of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She has also served on the board of the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Museum of Natural History and Science. Last year she was awarded the Peacemaker Award by the Turtle Creek Chorale for her passion for diversity and governance.
Prior to his election, former Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings declared, “I want to be the Arts Mayor of Dallas!” He then spent the next eight years fulfilling that promise, and being the city’s top cheerleader for the arts – at home, in Austin, Washington, or around the world. In his first term, Rawlings started Dallas Arts Week, expanding it to Dallas Arts Month in 2016. He launched Creative Conversations during Arts Month to highlight important issues in the arts community, and he was the first mayor to specifically designate a staff member to be a liaison to the Office of Cultural Affairs and the arts community.
Working tirelessly to win financial support for the arts, and connecting businesses with arts organizations, Rawlings has been a champion for growth of both the Dallas Art Fair and the Nasher Prize. Further, he was a critical supporter of the landmark proposal by the Moody Foundation to create the $10 million Moody Fund for the Arts. His arts leadership is recognized beyond Dallas. In fact, Rawlings was awarded the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 2018 National Award for Local Arts Leadership from the Americans for the Arts.