March & April 2022 Pop-Up Grant Announcement May 3, 2022

Celebrating Our March & April Pop-Up Grant Recipients

Voices of strength join forces, visual art finds its legs (and leaps), a family classic delights a new generation, and sound takes on a new shape. These four arts groups rose to the top out of 53 unique arts opportunities across the city to become our Pop-Up Grant recipients for March and April.

(Left to Right): Jazzay Jabbar, Victoria Angelina Cruz, Natasha Wells, Tharmella Nyahoza, Catherine Whiteman. Photo by Ashley Washington/Ashley Harris Photography.

AT&T Performing Arts Center

RAGE by Janelle Gray

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Unrestricted Grant: $2,000
Artist Bonus Funds: $4,000

A new play by local playwright, Janelle Gray, Rage is a one-act play that explores the stories of Black US-ian women throughout the history of the United States. Because the voices of Black women are often silenced or minimized in historical canon, it is important to re-voice the Black-woman experience, not only to show the strength and progress, but also the need for continued movement toward equality and equity. RAGE was produced as part of The AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Elevator Project.

The AT&T Performing Arts Center’s mission is to provide a public gathering place that strengthens community and fosters creativity through the presentation of performing arts and arts education programs. In 2014, the AT&T Performing Arts Center created the Elevator Project to provide small, emerging and historically marginalized arts organizations and artists with a performance platform in the Dallas Arts District. It has evolved into an exciting, curated season of work stretching across genres, with the projects chosen through a competitive process by a panel of arts professionals and advocates. Keep in touch with AT&T Performing Arts Center on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube.


Photo by Sharen Bradford

Bruce Wood Dance & Dallas Museum of Art

Slip Zone Suite

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Unrestricted Grant: $2,000
Artist Bonus Funds: $4,000 to support 13 key and 5 supporting artists

Bruce Wood Dance’s Slip Zone Suite is a dazzling series of dances inspired by the Dallas Museum of Art’s exhibition “Slip Zone: A New Look at Postwar Abstraction in the Americas and East Asia.” Traveling through the dripping lines and pulsing hues, the Slip Zone Suite explores the journey of the Abstract Expressionists through the lens of dynamic movement relationships. In a series of solos, duets, and ensembles, the dances capture the vivid swirls of color, the bursts of shape, and the serenity of monochrome.

Slip Zone Suite was created and choreographed by BWD artistic director Joy Bollinger and commissioned by the Dallas Museum of Art for its Arts + Letters Live series. This new work was performed in its entirety in April as part of an Arts + Letters Live event in the DMA’s Horchow Auditorium along with a free, mini performance in the DMA’s Barrel Vault. Don’t miss your chance to see Slip Zone Suite on Bruce Wood Dance’s June performance, SPRING, in June at Moody Performance Hall

The mission of Bruce Wood Dance (BWD) is to present high-caliber, theatrical choreography that has the power to entertain, enrich, and heal. Keep in touch with Bruce Wood Dance on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube.


Photo by Karen Almond

Dallas Theater Center

The Sound of Music

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Unrestricted Grant: $2,000

Dallas Theater Center boldly reexamines one of the most exhilarating musical theater classics ever written. A country under attack. A family paralyzed by loss. And a woman who is afraid to love. The inspirational story follows a young postulate who is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of an imperious naval captain, bringing joy and music to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision. Dallas Theater Center’s innovative new, beautifully staged production featured a multicultural cast and included songs not normally included in the play’s live, staged productions.

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 FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.


Photo by Amanda Marie Photographie

Nasher Sculpture Center

Sculpting Sound

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Unrestricted Grant: $2,000

SCULPTING SOUND: Twelve Musicians Encounter Bertoia, was a series of six concerts in February that brought together 12 world-renowned musicians to explore the expressive range of Harry Bertoia’s sounding sculptures, in complement to the Nasher’s exhibition, Harry Bertoia: Sculpting Mid-Century Modern Life. Highlighting Bertoia’s impact on experimental music, each of the six concerts was dedicated to a particular instrument, with pairs of musicians taking turns animating Bertoia’s sounding sculptures while accompanied by the primary instrument. This intimate series of concerts featured artists and audiences of varying ethnicities, ages, and backgrounds and created unique, memorable experiences for all.

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 FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTube and Pinterest.

We started our Pop-Up Grant program to shine a light on arts organizations creating programming that demonstrates exceptional quality, innovation, and accessibility safely, without skimping on the creative impact.

Grant recipients are meticulously selected via a nomination process that incorporates 45+ anonymous volunteers. Nominations are made each month and a selection committee meets afterward to determine grantees based on our criteria above.

To learn more about Pop-Up Grants, please click here.

HEADER PHOTO: Bruce Wood Dance’s Slip Zone Suite. Photo by Sharen Bradford.

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