TACA Announces Distribution of $276,500 to 50 Arts Organizations in First Round of Catalyst Grants Funding October 26, 2021

The Catalyst Grants Program Replaces Arts General Operating Funding

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

DALLAS – TACA – The Arts Community Alliance – announced today that 50 Dallas County grantees are recipients of its first round of Catalyst grants, previously known as the Arts General Operating (AGO) grant program.  Catalyst grants are distributed without restrictions, and will be made twice yearly in the fall and spring.

The 50 Catalyst grantees are sharing $276,500, with grants ranging from $1,000 – $10,000.  The grants are designed to be a catalyst in strengthening Dallas’ vibrant arts community and to support art that promotes positive impact and transformation.  Grantees may use the funds as they wish on a range of expenses, such as program costs, salaries, administration, office expenses, technology, or other operational needs.

This year, TACA has distributed $959,000 in grants to 58 organizations, including two rounds of TACA Resiliency grants ($553,000), Pop-Up grants ($129,500, of which $78,000 was given to individual artists), and today’s Catalyst grants ($276,500).

“TACA is thrilled to announce today 50 Catalyst grantees who’ve inspired us in this first round of funding,” said Terry D. Loftis, Donna Wilhelm Family President & Executive Director.  “We’ve witnessed the tremendous impact the arts and artists have had on our community’s healing and resurgence.  These individuals and organizations are powerful catalysts who are leading the way to a revitalized arts scene, and deserve our unwavering support.”

Applicants were scored on how they demonstrated artistic quality and impact, community access and inclusion, and fiscal and organizational health. Applications were evaluated by 23 volunteer grant reviewers with backgrounds ranging from artists to arts administrators to civic and community leaders.

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

American Baroque Opera Company
AT&T Performing Arts Center
Avant Chamber Ballet
B. Moore Dance*
Ballet North Texas*
Bishop Arts Theatre Center
Blue Candlelight Music Series
Bruce Wood Dance
Cara Mía Theatre Co.
Chamber Music International
Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas
Cry Havoc Theater Company
Dallas Bach Society
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Dallas Center for Photography*
Dallas Chamber Symphony
Dallas Children’s Theater
Dallas Contemporary
Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas Summer Musicals*
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Theater Center
Dallas Winds
Deep Vellum Publishing*
Fine Arts Chamber Players
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
IMPRINT Theatreworks
Junior Players
Kitchen Dog Theater Company
Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Lumedia Musicworks
Make Art with Purpose*
Nasher Sculpture Center
Orchestra of New Spain
Plano Symphony Orchestra
Sammons Center for the Arts
Second Thought Theatre
Shakespeare Festival of Dallas
Soul Rep Theatre Company
Teatro Dallas
Texas Ballet Theater
The Cedars Union
The Dallas Opera
The Women’s Chorus of Dallas
Theatre Three
TITAS/Dance Unbound
Turtle Creek Chorale
Undermain Theatre
Uptown Players
Verdigris Ensemble

* Indicates new TACA Grant Recipient 

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, Twitter at @TACADallas or on Instagram at @TACADallas.

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