TACA Announces Distribution of $300,000 to 41 Arts Organizations in Third Round of Catalyst Grants Funding November 10, 2022

Media Contact: Denver Hood, denver.hood@taca-arts.org, 214.520.3930

DALLAS – TACA – The Arts Community Alliance – announced today that 41 Dallas County grantees are recipients of its second round of Catalyst grants. Catalyst grants are distributed without restrictions and are made twice yearly in the fall and spring and are designed to support high-performing arts organizations that are strengthening Dallas’ vibrant arts identity.

The 41 Catalyst grantees are sharing $300,000, with grants ranging from $4,000 – $12,000.  Among grantees, three organizations are new or not recently funded, including kNOwBOX dance, Agora Artists, and Voices of Change. 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.

Martheya Nygaard, Co-Creator and Managing Director of kNOwBOX dance, shared, “We at kNOwBOX dance are grateful to be a first-time recipient of a TACA Catalyst Grant! This grant will directly impact our operational costs and sustainable growth. We believe that by saying ‘NO’ to the boxes of limitations, boundaries, and confines for connection, we enable ourselves to say ‘YES’ to fostering innovative possibilities, facilitating trans-geographical connections, supporting local artists and audiences, and highlighting underrepresented and diverse voices. With TACA’s support, we can continue to serve as a catalyst for positive impact and transformation for the Dallas community and beyond via the kNOwBOX dance Film Festival and Dance Behind the Screen podcast.”

TACA has awarded a total of $875,000 in funding in 2022 between the ongoing Pop-Up Grant program, Fall & Spring 2022 Catalyst Grants, and the newly re-imagined TACA New Works Fund that focuses on new artistic works by BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or female artists.

TACA is unique because all grant funding is raised yearly through fundraising and donations. Catalyst grants Co-Chair Sheilon King added, “Our arts community here in North Texas is teeming with exciting creative work. TACA exists because there continues to be a need for funding by these organizations, and we rely on the extraordinary generosity of our donors to make that funding possible.”

David Lozano, Executive Artistic Director of Cara Mía Theatre, stated, “Over the past two years, Cara Mía Theatre experimented with new ways of performing, and expanded our educational and community programs when the theatre field struggled with programming and revenue. TACA helped keep the lifeblood of our organization going by investing in our operations and our artists during this difficult time. Today, Cara Mía Theatre has become the fifth largest Latinx theatre in the United States, and we owe much of our success to TACA.”

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

Agora Artists*
American Baroque Opera Company
Avant Chamber Ballet
Bishop Arts Theatre Center
Blue Candlelight Music Series
Broadway Dallas
Bruce Wood Dance
Cara Mía Theatre
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Dallas Center for Photography
Dallas Chamber Symphony
Dallas Children’s Theater
Dallas Contemporary
Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas Opera
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Theater Center
Dallas Winds
Echo Theatre
Junior Players
Kitchen Dog Theater
kNOwBOX dance*
Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Nasher Sculpture Center
Plano Symphony Orchestra
Prism Movement Theater
Sammons Center for the Arts
Second Thought Theatre
Shakespeare Dallas
Teatro Dallas
Texas Ballet Theater
Texas Winds Musical Outreach
The Writer’s Garret
Theatre Three
Turtle Creek Chorale
Undermain Theatre
Uptown Players
Voices of Change*
WaterTower Theatre

* 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.

Header photo: Photo courtesy of kNOwBOX dance Film Festival 2022, “LIVING ON THE THRESHOLD” Film Still, Film by Vincent Bruno (Director) and Marine Chesnais (Choreographer & Dancer)

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