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Artist Residency Fund

Artist Residency Fund Grants

The TACA Bowdon Family Foundation Artist Residency Fund supports the establishment or expansion of artistic residency programs in Dallas County. The Artist Residency Fund was created in an effort to foster meaningful interaction among those who create art and those who engage with art. The fund also seeks to encourage thoughtful and relevant communication among arts organizations, artists and communities. Evaluation is based on a project’s change-making potential, artistic merit and executional competence.

Since the launch of the Artist Residency Fund in 2015, ten innovative and impactful residencies have been supported.

“Our residency successfully facilitated collaborative responsive programming that brought together an international community to our local community and advanced cross-cultural dialogue while offering the highest artistic quality. We are grateful to the TACA Artist Residency Fund for helping make this happen.”
TITAS Presents

Eligibility Requirements

  • In order to be eligible to apply for funding, an organization must be a current grant recipient of TACA’s 2018 General Operating & Project Grant Program.
  • Joint applications between two or more TACA Grant Recipients are acceptable, though one organization must assume primary fiduciary and reporting responsibility.
  • Only one submission by an organization is accepted per funding cycle.
  • If your organization is a previous recipient of an Artist Residency Fund grant and have not yet completed the residency or submitted the final report form, you are not eligible to apply.

Funding Restrictions

The Artist Residency Fund will not provide funding for:

  • Production royalties
  • Rehearsals, productions or running costs from productions that are part of the organization’s standard season of activities

Review Process & Evaluative Criteria

All applications are evaluated by a multi-disciplinary jury of local and national artists and arts experts. All applications are evaluated on the following criteria:

45 Points – Change-Making Potential
35 Points – Artistic Merit
20 Points – Executional Competence

Finalist applicants will be determined by the jury through a detailed scoring process. All finalist organizations will be interviewed by local members of the jury to provide additional information about the residency and enable funding recommendations. Funding recommendations from the jury are forwarded to the TACA Board of Directors for final approval.

2018 Important Dates

April 30     Application Available
May 22 at 8:30 a.m.     Application Orientation #1 (Register to Attend)
May 23 at 4:00 p.m.     Application Orientation #2 (Register to Attend)
June 29 by 5:00 p.m. (CST)     Application Submission Deadline
July 30     Finalists Determined
August 22     Finalist Interviews
September 20     TACA Board of Directors Approval
September 21     Award Notification


Interested in applying?

TACA is now accepting applications for the 2018 New Works Fund. Please review the Grant Guidelines before completing the application. The deadline to submit an application is June 29, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (CST).

2018 Grant Guidelines
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TACA Artist Residency Fund Grant Recipients

Dr. Sandra Snow, Conductor (2016) │ $10,000
Conducting Masterclass with Dr. Sandra Snow
Residency Dates: Saturday, March 25, 2017

Jamal Story, Choreographer (2015) │ $24,000
Cultural Awareness Series
Residency Dates: December 14, 2015; February 5, 2016
Performance Dates: February 19-21, 2016

Juel D. Lane, Choreographer/Filmmaker (2017) │ $10,000
Director’s Choice
Residency Dates: August 20-September 1 2018
Performance Dates: November 2-4, 2018

Douglas Buchanan, Composer (2016) │ $60,000
The Sounds Between
Residency Dates: Fall 2016 – Spring 2018

Lear deBessonet, Theater Artist (2015) │ $35,000
Public Works Dallas: The Tempest
Residency Dates: Fall 2015 – Spring 2017
Performance Dates: March 3-5, 2017

Sara Romersberger, Theatre Professor (2017) │ $25,000
The Transformation Project
Residency Dates: October 1, 2017 – August 18, 2018

Danica Sena, Choreographer (2016) │ $29,560
Misa Flamenca: Seville and Spanish Dance, from Cathedral to the Street
Residency Dates: February 1 – 25, 2017
Performance Dates: February 15-17, 2017

Octavio Solis, Playwright
and Gustavo Tambascio, Director (2015) │ $30,000
Residency Dates: May 2017
Performance Dates: June 21 – July 22, 2017

Nicole Paiement, Conductor (2015) │ $11,000
The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors
Residency Dates: June 2016 – June 2017
Performance Dates: December 2016

The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (2017) │ $15,000
Residency Dates: October 26-29, 2017

Dear friend,

North Texas Giving Day is one of the biggest days of philanthropy in the country – can you believe it?! It’s become so because of generous people like yourself.

TACA believes in the transformative power of the arts and its innate ability to nurture, educate and inspire people every day.

Be it through valued grants, professional development workshops, or community events, TACA supports and strengthens our entire arts ecosystem. We hope that you consider joining us in this work and supporting the incredibly vibrant and impactful arts organizations we serve for North Texas Giving Day!

The TACA team

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