TACA Announces Second Round of Resiliency Grants to 37 Local Arts Organizations March 1, 2021

Grantees representing the performing arts, dance, and visual arts are receiving a share of $235,500 in second round of funding

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

DALLAS – TACA – The Arts Community Alliance – announced today that 37 arts organizations are recipients of TACA Resiliency Grants in the initiative’s second round of funding.  This unrestricted funding was created to support Dallas arts groups demonstrating resiliency in creatively fulfilling their mission despite the challenges the COVID-19 landscape presents.  Second round grants range from $3,500-15,000 and total $235,500, a 17% increase over the first cycle distribution made last November.

The grants are the cornerstone of the TACA Resiliency Initiative (TRI) announced last July. Among the grantees announced today are nine first-time recipients.  Including today’s distribution, TACA has awarded a total of $436,500 in Resiliency Grants funding.  Among second round grantees, 57% of the total grant funding was awarded to small- and mid-sized organizations with operating budgets of less than $1 million.  A final grant distribution will be made this June.

The 2021 TACA Resiliency Grantees (second round) are:

American Baroque Opera Company
AT&T Performing Arts Center
Avant Chamber Ballet
Bishop Arts Theatre Center
Bruce Wood Dance
Cara Mía Theatre Co.
Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas
Cry Havoc Theater Company
Dallas Bach Society
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Dallas Chamber Symphony*
Dallas Children’s Theater
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Theater Center*
Dallas Winds*
Fine Arts Chamber Players
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
Junior Players
Kitchen Dog Theater Company
Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Lumedia Musicworks
Nasher Sculpture Center
Orchestra of New Spain*
Plano Symphony Orchestra
Sammons Center for the Arts*
Second Thought Theatre*
Soul Rep Theatre Company
Teatro Dallas
Texas Ballet Theater*
Texas Winds Musical Outreach
The Cedars Union*
The Dallas Opera*
TITAS/Dance Unbound
Turtle Creek Chorale
USA Film Festival
Undermain Theatre
Verdigris Ensemble

*first-time recipients of the TACA Resiliency Grant

The TRI is made possible in part through gifts from The Eugene McDermott Foundation, The Donna Wilhelm Family Fund, Communities Foundation of Texas, and other generous donors.

“As the pandemic continues to adversely affect the Dallas arts community, our support for local arts organizations has never been more timely or important than it is today,” said Terry D. Loftis, Donna Wilhelm Family President & Executive Director.  “We are honored to provide vital support to arts groups through our Resiliency Grants made possible by our generous donors who join us in prioritizing the mission of the arts and artists in our area.”

What Grantees Are Saying
“Nonprofits exist to serve their communities. Full stop. Since day one, we have always touted ourselves as a neighborhood resource center and a company of community-based theatre practitioners.” added Teresa Coleman Wash, Executive Artistic Director of Bishop Arts Theatre Center.  “What’s exciting is there are philanthropic organizations, like TACA, who fully understand those values and have been demonstrative in celebrating arts groups, like ours, who prioritize that kind of essential community building. We are incredibly honored and grateful for everyone who made this generous gift possible.”

Four Pop-up Grantees Announced
In addition to TACA Resiliency Grants, the organization also announced four recipients of its Pop-up Grants, part of the TACA Resiliency Initiative.  Pop-up Grants have been distributed monthly since last August as small disbursements to organizations for short-term programming that demonstrates exceptional quality, creativity & innovation, and accessibility & inclusion.

Pop-up Grants awardees this month include:

  • Avant Chamber Ballet – Still Growing + 19th Amendment
  • Bishop Arts Theatre Center – Before You Get Married and Dancing in the Past (the latter, a collaboration with Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Dance Department)
  • Dallas Black Dance Theatre – Reminisce
  • Nasher Sculpture Center – Nasher Public: Vicki Meek’s “Stony the Road We Trod”

The awards are merit-based and made more frequently to raise the visibility of artistic work happening in the community. Recipients of Pop-up Grants have included Cry Havoc Theater Company, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and TITAS/Dance Unbound.

For additional information about the TACA Resiliency Initiative, granting process, workshops, and thought leadership please visit the TACA website. To make a gift to TACA and the Resiliency Initiative, please contact Cameron Kirkpatrick at Cameron.Kirkpatrick@taca-arts.org or visit taca-arts.org/tri-donate.

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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