Resiliency Workshops are a key component to the TACA Resiliency Initiative – a focused effort to support and strengthen Dallas arts and cultural organizations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Resiliency Workshops are a series of free professional development workshops aimed at providing local arts and cultural administrators access to expertise on specific topics relevant to our current local landscape. These workshops give organizations the opportunity to directly engage with local and national arts experts on topics such as COVID-19 and racial equity in the arts.
Fundraising During a Pandemic
#RealTalk With Local Development Professionals
January 20, 2021 | 1:00-2:15 p.m. CST
Fundraising is tough. Fundraising during a pandemic can be even tougher as tried-and-true “best practices” may be in flux. In this panel conversation and Q&A with Dallas development professionals, we will candidly explore strategies and tactics that are (and aren’t) working locally at arts institutions and what that means for “best practices” and “new practices” moving forward.
Cara Mía Theatre Co.
James Ryan Jillson
Moderator & Panelist
Director of Development
Nasher Sculpture Center
Vice President of Development
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Senior Director of Communications and Philanthropy
Dallas Children’s Theater
This TACA Resiliency Workshop is made possible by
Don’t Wait – Collaborate! Collaboration as a Path Forward
Presented on Thursday, October 1, 2020, via Zoom
Today’s changing landscape may require nonprofit arts and cultural leaders to consider new and different ways of adapting to today’s financial and programmatic realities. In many instances, collaboration may be one of the ways to maximize impact and ensure sustainability. In this workshop, led by Jess Cavagnero of SeaChange Capital Partners, the conversation will center around the different types of collaboration available to arts and cultural organizations and the necessary steps that need to be taken before entering one of these collaborations. The workshop will also feature case study examples of effective collaboration, a safe space to ask questions, and local funding opportunities designed for nonprofit collaboration.
Special guests during the workshop will include Margaret Black (Director, Lyda Hill Philanthropies & Better Together Fund) and Arnaldo J. López, Ph.D., (Managing Director, Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater).
Jess Cavagnero leads SeaChange’s activity in nonprofit mergers and sustained collaboration as well as its work in helping nonprofits analyze and develop financial strategies to refine their business models, including scenario planning, risk assessment, and restructuring. She is responsible for two grantmaking funds, The SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration and The New York Merger, Acquisition, and Collaboration Fund, which each support nonprofits that are exploring or planning mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, administrative and programmatic partnerships, etc. She is a proud native New Yorker and graduate of Cornell University. She spends her “free” time encouraging her sons to be Mets fans, much to her husband’s dismay. Learn more about Jess by clicking here.
The Doctor Is In: Medical Advice on Re-opening the Art
Presented on July 22, 2020 via Zoom
What, exactly, will reopening look like for our arts and cultural organizations? What medical information do leaders need to be considering right now? Join us as we engage epidemiologist Dr. Robert Haley on these very questions. In this workshop, Dr. Haley will present the latest medical information on COVID-19, offer advice on reduced-risk art-making for different artistic genres, and provide customized counsel to local arts organizations on their re-opening plans.
Robert W. Haley, M.D., is Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Division of Epidemiology in the Internal Medicine Department at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Haley currently serves as a member of the Dallas County Public Health Advisory Committee for the COVID-19 Response. He is a Dallas native and a dedicated, passionate arts patron and supporter. Read his full bio here.