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TACA Announces Distribution of $400,000 to 45 Arts Organizations in the Fourth Round of Catalyst Grants Funding

TACA Announces Distribution of $400,000 to 45 Arts Organizations in the Fourth Round of Catalyst Grants Funding

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Media Contact: Brett Gray, Brett@BrettGrayPR.com, 214.557.6233 

Jones Family Foundation Gift Pushes TACA Past $1 Million 

in Grant-making for Fiscal year 2023, Ending the Year with a New Milestone 

DALLAS – TACA – The Arts Community Alliance – announced today that 45 Dallas County grantees will share $400,000 in its fourth round of Catalyst Grants. Catalyst Grants are distributed without restrictions and designed to support high-performing arts organizations that are strengthening Dallas’ vibrant arts identity. 

“The generous contributions from the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation, both in support of TACA and last month’s record-breaking TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon, helped us cross the million-dollar mark for grant-making this fiscal year,” said Maura Sheffler, Donna Wilhelm Family President & Executive Director. “Their gift allows us to achieve a grantmaking milestone for the first time since 2018, excluding the pandemic.  Further, it allows TACA to make a historic investment in our arts community for this Spring Catalyst grant distribution. We are immensely grateful to the Jones family and our other Catalyst Club donors.”  

 TACA’s Spring 2023 Catalyst grantees include the following, listed in alphabetical order:  

Agora Artists 
American Baroque Opera Company 
AT&T Performing Arts Center 
Bishop Arts Theatre Center 
Bruce Wood Dance 
Cara Mía Theatre 
Dallas Black Dance Theatre 
Dallas Chamber Symphony
Dallas Children’s Theater
Dallas Contemporary
Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas Opera
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Winds 
Deep Vellum Publishing  
Echo Theatre 
Emerge Coalition** 
Fine Arts Chamber Players 
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra 
Kitchen Dog Theater
Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Lumedia Musicworks
Make Art with Purpose 
Nasher Sculpture Center 
Orchestra of New Spain 
Orpheus Chamber Singers 
Pegasus Contemporary Ballet** 
Pegasus Media Project** 
Plano Symphony Orchestra
Prism Movement Theater
Sammons Center for the Arts
Soul Rep Theatre Company 
Sweet Pass Sculpture Park 
Teatro Dallas
Texas Winds Musical Outreach
The Cedars Union 
The Women’s Chorus of Dallas 
The Writer’s Garret
Theatre Three
Turtle Creek Chorale
Undermain Theatre
Uptown Players
Verdigris Ensemble 
 ** New Catalyst Grant Recipient 


“Our heartfelt gratitude to The Arts Community Alliance (TACA) for selecting Pegasus Media Project as a Catalyst Grant recipient,” said Niloo Javiland, Executive Director of the Pegasus Media Project, a new Catalyst grantee. “This generous support will greatly enhance our ability to continue providing exceptional public arts programming and education initiatives to the Dallas community. We are deeply appreciative of TACA’s commitment to fostering creativity and supporting organizations like ours in making a positive impact through the arts.” 

TACA Board Member Kathy Nelson added, “Greg and I were thrilled to be the first to make a gift as Catalyst Club donors.  This grants program is important to us because we can make one donation to fund a broad spectrum of organizations from mainstays like the Dallas Museum of Art to startups that show tremendous promise in contributing to the vitality of our arts and cultural scene.”  

The Jones family joins a roster of other significant donors in TACA’s Catalyst Club, a new major donor membership, engagement, and appreciation program.  Built on TACA’s historical origins as a social club for the arts, the Catalyst Club is designed exclusively for TACA donors that give or pledge $25,000 or more in annual support of the organization.  The current 2022-2023 roster of TACA Catalyst Club includes: 

Since the Catalyst Grant inception in 2021, TACA has awarded a total of $1,324,500 in funding as a complement to its ongoing Pop-Up Grant program and the TACA New Works Fund focusing on new artistic works by BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or female artists. 

About TACA 

TACA (The Arts Community Alliance) supports excellence and impact in the arts through grant-making, capacity-building, and thought leadership. TACA envisions an innovative, inclusive, sustainable cultural sector recognized for its essential contribution to a vibrant, prosperous community. Since its founding in 1967, TACA has worked to establish North Texas’ cultural community as one of the strongest in the nation. TACA’s growing investment in the arts translates to new premieres and productions, impactful residencies and community initiatives, and more opportunities for artists and audiences to connect – all striving to make Dallas a dynamic city and a great place to live and work.   

For more information about TACA, call 214-520-3930 or visit taca-arts.org. Connect with TACA on Facebook at facebook.com/tacadallas, LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/tacadallas, and Instagram at @TACADallas. 

Header photo: Photo by Amitava Sarkar, courtesy of Dallas Black Dance Theatre, DBDT Encore! Rising Excellence Performance 2023, “Heroes” by Takehiro Ueyama (Choreographer)