February 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 – grants up to $6,000 that are designed 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.
New in 2021 – the Pop-Up Grant program now includes Artist Bonus funds, a new source of funding for individual artists, providing them financial support while the arts continue to feel the impact of the pandemic. To read more about this exciting new addition, click here.
TACA’s February Pop-Up Grantees are Avant Chamber Ballet, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Nasher Sculpture Center! Missed our previous Pop-Up Grant announcements? See our history of Pop-Up Grantees by clicking here.
Avant Chamber Ballet
Still Growing + 19th Amendment
Avant Chamber Ballet (ACB) brings exceptional live dance and chamber music together for audiences in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. ACB presents performances exclusively with live music, as well as regularly commission new works of choreography and score. Keep in touch with ACB on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
ACB’s 2020-21 Virtual Season presents two modern ballets relevant to our lives today: Still Growing and 19th Amendment. Katie Puder’s 19th Amendment commemorates the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote with new music by Quinn Mason performed by MAKE Trio. Still Growing is a response to our experiences in 2020 and a world premiere by guest choreographer Madison Hicks with music by Max Richter.
Bishop Arts Theatre Center
Before You Get Married and Dancing Into the Past
Bishop Arts Theatre Center (BATC) is an award-winning, multicultural, multidisciplinary arts institution located in Dallas’ Oak Cliff community. Founded in September of 1993, BATC’s mission is to cultivate a diverse and vibrant arts community while creating sustainable opportunities for local and emerging artists through performances and education. They offer a full season of theater performances, jazz concerts, a speaker series, and year-round arts education programs and serve as a cultural oasis for the next generation of acclaimed writers, directors, performers, and arts administrators. Keep in touch with BATC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Before You Get Married explores the relationship between siblings on the night before the sister’s wedding with the knowledge they may not be related. With the passing night and flowing wine, both siblings struggle to understand what they mean to each other as they reveal secrets of the past and explore the desires of two people at once impossibly connected and separated.
Dancing Into the Past is an intergenerational collaboration between BATC and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. The project infuses cinematography and choreography to deliver impactful stories shared by older adults and interpreted by teens. The film screening is the first phase of this multi-phase project that will continue into 2021.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Dallas Black Dance Theatre is a nationally recognized professional modern dance company that positively impacts lives and bridges cultures through the transformative power of dance presented from the African-American perspective. Celebrating its 44th season, the organization engages the cross-cultural community through captivating and inclusive concert performances, thought-provoking educational outreach programs, and expert-level dance training. Created in 2000, DBDT’s professional training company, DBDT: Encore!, supports the organization’s ever-expanding demand for services locally and nationally. Keep in touch with Dallas Black Dance Theatre on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Reminisce reflects on the Civil Rights Era with a re-imagined virtual collaboration by DBDT: Encore! Artistic Director Nycole Ray, DBDT: Encore! Artistic Assistant Richard A. Freeman, Jr., Encore! dancer Terrell Rogers, and the entire Encore! Company. The piece is set to music ranging from Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Beyoncé Knowles, and John Legend with the empowering words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Filmed throughout Dallas, the in-house production showcases the versatility and resiliency of the organization’s staff and dancers to continue creating dance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nasher Sculpture Center
Nasher Public: Vicki Meek
“Stony the Road We Trod”
Located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the Nasher Sculpture Center is home to one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculpture in the world. As a nonprofit, community-supported museum and sculpture garden, the Nasher introduces broad audiences to new ideas and experiences via exhibitions and public programs, promotes access to the arts in Dallas, supports the city’s progress as a world-class cultural center, and sets the standard for the display and interpretation of modern and contemporary sculpture. Keep in touch with the Nasher on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.
Taking its title from a lyric of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” the Black national anthem, Vicki Meek’s Nasher Public installation, Stony the Road We Trod, offered a contemporary shrine dedicated to the Black community. Drawing upon the culture of Yoruba belief, Adinkra symbols of Ghana, and other metaphorical elements, Meek transformed the Nasher Store Gallery into an uplifting space of healing and encouragement. The exhibition was on view at the Nasher from January 7 – February 14, 2021.
Nasher Public is a year-long, two-pronged initiative which aims to generate access to public art by emerging and established North Texas artists through a series of monthly exhibitions at the Nasher Sculpture Center and at off-site locations throughout the Dallas area in partnership with area businesses.