Bringing Grand Total of $1,468,000 in Grants Made Since Early Days of Pandemic
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DALLAS – TACA – The Arts Community Alliance – announced today that 42 arts groups are recipients of TACA Resiliency Grants in the program’s third round of funding. The unrestricted funding was created to support Dallas arts organizations demonstrating resiliency in creatively fulfilling their mission despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 landscape. Third round grants range from $3,500-17,000, and total $317,500.
“The past year has taught us many lessons about resilience in the arts community, and I’ve never been prouder of our organization and our many supporters for their overwhelming generosity in response to the pandemic,” said Terry D. Loftis, Donna Wilhelm Family President & Executive Director. “We are honored to make a third round of TACA Resiliency Fund grants to 42 outstanding organizations, as we celebrate their noteworthy missions in the midst of a historically significant fundraising year for our organization.”
The grants are the cornerstone of the TACA Resiliency Initiative (TRI) announced last July. Among the grantees announced today are six first-time recipients. Including today’s distribution, TACA has awarded a total of $753,500 in Resiliency Grants funding. Among third round grantees, 62% of funds were awarded to small- and mid-sized organizations with operating budgets of less than $1 million.
The 2021 TACA Resiliency Grantees (Cycle 3) are:
American Baroque Opera Company
Avant Chamber Ballet
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 Children’s Theater
Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Theater Center
Fine Arts Chamber Players
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
Irving Symphony Orchestra*
Kitchen Dog Theater Company
Nasher Sculpture Center
Plano Symphony Orchestra
Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Shakespeare Festival of Dallas
Soul Rep Theatre Company
Texas Ballet Theater
Texas Winds Musical Outreach
The Cedars Union
The Women’s Chorus of Dallas*
Turtle Creek Chorale
U.S.A. Film Festival
*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 Co-Chair of the TACA Grants Committee, it’s been a true honor to help conceive new giving programs for deserving arts organizations in the midst of this challenging time,” said Jim Nugent. “What’s most gratifying is seeing the impact our grants programs are having on our arts and cultural landscape, from a range of arts groups to artists and audiences.”
“As we all work to come through the COVID fog, TACA has been a lifeline for so many of us working to rebuild and reopen. TACA definitely has its ear to the needs of the cultural landscape,” added Charles Santos, Executive and Artistic Director of TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND.
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 demonstrating quality limited programming, exceptional creativity and innovation. In May, $18,000 in Grants – $6,000 in unrestricted Pop-Up Grants and $12,000 in Artist Bonus Funds were distributed to:
- American Baroque Opera Company – Dido & Aeneas
- Cara Mía Theatre Co. – Ursula
- Soul Rep Theater – Soul-O-Shorts
- TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND – Pilobolus in the Garden
The awards are merit-based and made more frequently to raise the visibility of artistic work happening in the community. Past recipients of Pop-up Grants have included Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Bruce Wood Dance.
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.
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.