October 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 October Pop-Up Grantees are Aurora, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Kitchen Dog Theater, TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND and Undermain Theatre! They each received a grant of $1,000-$2,000 to celebrate and reward their programming listed below.
Missed our September Pop-Up Grant announcement? Read about them here.
Immersive and engaging, AURORA is a Dallas-based public arts organization working at the intersection of art, technology and community that presents works by the most visionary artists of our time. We aim to expand the future of art through a dialogue that engages the creative possibilities within ourselves and each other. Through the AURORA Biennial exhibition, AURORA Expanded program, and AURORA Artist Relief Fund, the organization engages with both regional and international audiences alike. Keep in touch with Aurora on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
AURORA presents an immersive, drive-thru exhibition titled Area 3 as part of its 2020 AURORA Expanded program, transforming over 100,000 square feet of a parking garage in downtown Dallas into an exhibition showcasing large-scale light, video, and sound installations, as well as performances, by fifteen regional artists. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dallas’s parking garages and art and culture industry have seen their business cut by over $68 million—with the artists themselves having been among the hardest hit with a tremendous amount of work opportunities lost. Area 3 proudly functions on a shared profit model in an experiment to support local artists and vendors whose income has been affected in the wake of COVID-19. Reservations are $34.50 per vehicle.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
NEXT STAGE Digital Concert Series
With a mission to inspire and change lives through musical excellence, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra provides a wide range of artistic, educational and community outreach services for more than 240,000 children and adults each year through concerts, classes and events. The DSO is also reaching millions of additional people through online content and performances. Keep in touch with the DSO on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Through the use of robotic cameras and audio and production equipment, the Dallas Symphony launched the NEXT STAGE Digital Concert Series to expand the ways in which the orchestra is able to interact with the community, challenging the traditional performance experience, experimenting with new programming and increasing its accessibility. With this technology, the DSO is producing high-quality video recordings of concerts and educational programs that are being shared with audiences around the world.
Kitchen Dog Theater
Get Up, Stand Up! A Drive-in Celebration of Democracy.
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 33-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 KDT on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Kitchen Dog Theater kicks off its 30th season of theater with a weekly series of singular events called Get Up, Stand Up! A Drive-In Celebration of Democracy. This COVID-safe, drive-in outdoor concert series features changing nightly lineups of local artists and celebrities performing protest/freedom songs from throughout history.
TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND entertains, educates, and inspires by curating and commissioning extraordinary dance and performance art from around the world. For nearly 40 years, TITAS has brought the most exciting and cutting-edge international artists to perform for and engage with North Texas. TITAS aspires to be a catalyst for an inclusive and innovative city that is a global cultural destination. Keep in touch with TITAS on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
On October 6, TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND presented Virtually TITAS, a curated evening of stunning dancers, inspiring choreography, and special guests featuring all seven companies of the 2020-21 season. COVID-19 made it impossible for TITAS to present this special evening as a live event in a theater. Hence a venture into the virtual world. Companies included Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Parsons Dance, Ballet Hispanico, Doug Varone and Dancers, Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet, Kyle Abraham’s A.I.M, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet.
Undermain Theatre has brought cutting-edge theater to audiences in Dallas for over thirty years. The company was founded in 1984 by a group of artists who transformed a warehouse basement under Main Street in Dallas into a performance space and began producing experimental plays. Keep in touch with Undermain on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Undermain Theatre is committed to exploring new ways to engage and to grow our audiences with challenging, provocative, and innovative works. Our production of Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas, created exclusively for a virtual production, brings the work of one of the greatest living Irish playwrights safely into patrons’ homes throughout the United States.
A cynical and jaded drama critic falls for a beautiful young actress. On a drunken bender one weekend he pursues her to London, where he falls in with a coven of modern-day vampires. Is it a drunken fairytale or his own vision of a higher truth? Get your tickets before it closes on Saturday, October 31!