January 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 – we are thrilled to announce the expansion of the Pop-Up Grant program. This expansion 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, while extending the program through 2021. To read the full press release for this announcement, click here.
TACA’s January Pop-Up Grantees are The Cedars Union, The Cube, Kitchen Dog Theater, Shakespeare Dallas and Soul Rep Theatre! Missed our previous Pop-Up Grant announcements? See our history of Pop-Up Grantees by clicking here.
The Cedars Union
Flesh & Bone
The Cedars Union is a non-profit arts incubator in Dallas focused on nurturing artists while cultivating a vibrant arts community. The mission of the Cedars Union is to provide resources such as studios, tools, programs, and pro-bono services for creatives, foster a collaborative and supportive artist community, and advance the arts in North Texas. Keep in touch with The Cedars Union on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Flesh & Bone is collection of site-specific work made by Cedars Union artist Erika Jaeggli. The work is installed in The Cedars Union’s Boedeker building, a century-old ice cream factory with dilapidated, light drenched spaces. Jaeggli’s sculptures and paintings use pigment and materials swept and used from these forgotten spaces, building an experience that mirrors the body’s temporal existence through metaphor and reincarnate material.
The Cube: An Interactive Experience for the Socially-Distanced Era
The Cube: An Interactive Experience for the Socially-Distanced Era is an immersive experience, featuring projections, audio, and lights. The Cube will ask audiences to redefine what community and loneliness mean to them. The lines will be blurred between the socially distanced virtual art we have all become accustomed to since March 2020, and the more traditional live theatrical performance we have loved for centuries. The Cube is a collaboration between artists Emily Bernet, Ruben Carrazana, Aaron Johansen, Jeffery Bryant Moffitt, and Nigel Newton, based on a concept by Ruben Carrazana and Jeffery Bryant Moffitt. Keep in touch with The Cube on Instagram. Grab tickets to experience The Cube at the Latino Cultural Center from March 3-20 by clicking below!
Kitchen Dog Theater
#ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence
For 30 years, Kitchen Dog Theater (KDT) has provided a space where questions of justice, morality, and human freedom can be explored. KDT provides a vibrant home base for Dallas theater artists by maintaining a 34-member Artistic Company of the area’s best theater artists and produces work that Dallas audiences would otherwise not likely see. In the last five seasons, 43% of mainstage productions were regional premieres and 43% were world premieres and 50% of KDT’s mainstage productions have showcased BIPOC/LGBTQ playwrights. Keep in touch with Kitchen Dog Theatre on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Kitchen Dog Theater, in collaboration with SMU/Division of Theatre, was proud to participate in the nationwide reading of the seven winning plays of #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence, a national short play competition for middle and high school students. On December 14, 2020 – as an 8-year remembrance of the shootings at Sandy Hook – the winning titles were virtually performed live via the Zoom platform by current SMU Theater undergrads at Kitchen Dog, as well as at 49 other theatres and schools across the country and abroad.
Founded in the early 70’s, Shakespeare Dallas offers North Texas residents a unique opportunity to experience Shakespeare in a casual park setting, as well as providing cultural and educational programs to audiences of all ages. Using Shakespeare’s works as a cornerstone, Shakespeare Dallas serves the Southwest region with fun and accessible indoor and outdoor theatre, integrated school programs, and cultural enrichment for people of all ages and backgrounds. Keep in touch with Shakespeare Dallas on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Shakespeare Decoded is new podcast series that explores the social issues of William Shakespeare’s day that remain burning issues in today’s global society. Each episode features panelists from across the country sharing their expertise on themes such as class division, racism, gender, and bias. Click below to listen to Shakespeare Decoded – it’s also available on Spotify and Google Podcasts.
Soul Rep Theatre Company
DO NO HARM
Soul Rep Theatre Company, now celebrating 25 years since its founding, exists to provide quality transformative Black theater that enlightens the imagination, the spirit, and the soul. Their vision is to shift the paradigm of how the Black experience is valued by the world. As the longest running African American theater company in Dallas, Soul Rep has produced over 50 full productions, including 10 New Play Festivals and 13 full productions of original work developed by its company members. Keep in touch with Soul Rep Theatre Company on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
Soul Rep Theatre Company, in partnership with SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, presented the world premiere of Co-Founder, Anyika McMillan-Herod’s newest play DO NO HARM, filmed in a slave cabin at Dallas Heritage Village in January. The harrowing historical drama was commissioned by Dr. Evelyn Parker (SMU) and the Association of Practical Theology and explores the story of three enslaved women – Anarcha, Betsey, and Lucy – who were experimented on without anesthesia by Dr. J. Marion Sims, credited as “The Father of Modern Gynecology.”