Grateful to TACA – Most Grateful Indeed

by Suzanne Calvin

DANA0276The phenomenally generous folks at TACA have done it again, distributing $1.2 million in grant awards to a host of eager and needy performing arts organizations (I mean, what arts organization isn’t feeling the pinch these days?), including the Dallas Opera, which received the largest award bestowed that night: $110,000.

General Director and CEO Keith Cerny accepted the award from TACA Board Members Jacquelin Taylor and Nicholas Even and he looks mighty happy to me. Read the release below and applaud TACA for its unmatched spirit of generosity.

For immediate release:
Media contact: Juliette Coulter, 214.394.5532,
TACA Gives Out Record $1.3 Million in Grants to North Texas Performing Arts
Organizations in 2013
(DALLAS, Texas) February 5, 2013 – Dallas’ premier umbrella arts organization TACA, The
Arts Community Alliance, had a banner year fundraising in 2012, allowing the organization to
distribute $1.3 million to diverse and deserving North Texas performing arts organizations. Of
that amount, $1.2 million was distributed on January 28 at the TACA Grant Awards
Presentation, presented by Bank of Texas, at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. Hosting the
event was the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
The additional $100,000 will be distributed later this year in June as part of the TACA Donna
Wilhelm Family New Works Fund. This fund is intended to particularly encourage the creation
of innovative and experimental work. Awards will be available to organizations that have
otherwise qualified as TACA beneficiaries through TACA’s annual general operating and
project grants funding process.
“Bravo to all those who supported TACA, who attended one of our events, who support the
performing arts by attending a play, a performance, a musical and more,” said Nancy Carlson,
Chair of TACA’s Board of Directors. “Exceeding the $1 million mark has been a goal of
TACA’s, whose mission is to support and sustain a vibrant performing arts community in North
In 2013, TACA’s grants awarded will help support more than 5,073 performances that
approximately 1.4 million people will attend. Ranging from $5,000 to $110,000, TACA grants
are being awarded to a varied group of North Texas’ performing arts organizations, from the
very large and established to the newly emerging.
New organizations being funded this year are AT&T Performing Arts Center, Bruce Wood
Dance Project, Lone Star Circus Arts Center, Nasher Sculpture Center, New Philharmonic
Orchestra of Irving, and Plano Symphony Orchestra.
2013 TACA Grant Award Recipients:
New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving
One Thirty Productions Matinee Series
Plano Symphony Orchestra
Sammons Center for the Arts
Irving Chorale
Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Teatro Dallas
AT&T Performing Arts Center
Dallas Bach Society
Dallas Museum of Art
Lone Star Circus Arts Center
Meadows School of the Arts, SMU
Nasher Sculpture Center
Uptown Players
Voices of Change
Cara Mia Theatre Company
Chamber Music International
Echo Theatre
Orchestra of New Spain
Turtle Creek Chorale
African American Repertory Theater
Bruce Wood Dance Project
Second Thought Theatre
Orpheus Chamber Singers
Fine Arts Chamber Players
Undermain Theatre
Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas
Junior Players
Dallas Wind Symphony
Shakespeare Dallas
Theatre Three, Inc.
Kitchen Dog Theater
Lyric Stage
WaterTower Theatre
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
Texas Ballet Theater
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Dallas Children’s Theater
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Theater Center
Dallas Opera
Rebecca Young, president and executive director of TACA, added, “We want to thank all of our
supporters and sponsors this year. A special thanks to the Communities Foundation of Texas
for its generous gift of $100,000 and to our Gala Chairmen, Jacquelin and Phillip Taylor and
Nicholas Even, who exceeded their fundraising goal by 45%.”
A special thanks to the sponsors and supporters, especially ALON USA, Communities
Foundation of Texas, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Diane and Harold Brierley, Nancy
and Clint Carlson, Ann and Lee Hobson, Lexus, RBC Wealth Management, RBMM, Peggy and
Carl Sewell, Sewell Automotive Companies.
TACA (The Arts Community Alliance) champions artistic excellence in performing arts
organizations and encourages innovation, collaboration, and engagement through financial
support, stewardship and resources.
Since its inception in 1966, TACA has distributed more than $21.5 million to emerging and
established performing arts organizations with budgets as small as $13,000 to as large as $30
million. Funds are raised through three signature events: the TACA Silver Cup Award
Luncheon, which honors one man and woman each year for outstanding volunteer support of
the arts, TACA Lexus Party on the Green, and TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom
Auction Gala. In addition, TACA receives strong support from its Board of Governors,
Founders Circle and Corporate Council. More information can be found at or
by calling 214.520.3930.
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