Arts & Culture

In Fall 2016, the Communities Foundation of Texas expert philanthropy team reviewed the following nonprofit agencies and offers them for your funding consideration.

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29 Pieces
Founded in 2005, 29 Pieces brings together young people, professional artists and community leaders to create public art initiatives that promote social change and a culture of peace. Funding is requested to support the Dallas Respect Project, which combines the production of public sculpture with educational programming in schools to promote respect for all, social and racial justice, nonviolence and the importance of creative expression. Funding is also requested to support a new Education Program Manager position, which will allow the organization to expand its education programming, training and online resources.
www.29pieces.org
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Amon Carter Museum of American Art
The mission of the Amon Carter Museum is to collect, preserve and exhibit the finest examples of American Art, and to serve as an educational resource through exhibitions, publications and programs. Funding is requested to support the Museum's sight impaired interpretive programming, which offers tactile tools that mimic paintings through raised silhouettes, as well as detailed descriptions of each painting in both large print and braille. Funding is also requested to engage a consultant to assist in planning for the expansion of temperature and humidity controlled vaults used to store and preserve the Museum's premier photography collection, which includes approximately 45,000 exhibition prints and more than 250,000 original negatives, transparencies and work prints.
www.cartermuseum.org
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Art House Dallas
Art House Dallas was formed in 2010, and provides programs that foster community and supports creative individuals across a variety of art disciplines. Funding is requested for three specific programs: Awaken Creativity for Writers, a monthly writing group designed to foster discussion, feedback and encouragement among writers; Deploy, a program designed for artists to share their work with underserved audiences; and The Art of Business, a six week program designed to help creative professionals think differently about sales, marketing and financial management.
www.arthousedallas.org
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Arts District Chorale
The Arts District Chorale is an ensemble that promotes choral excellence through performances of new and classic musical selections in the Dallas Arts District. Funding is requested to cover venue costs for three concerts in the Dallas City Performance Hall during the 2016-17 season. Funding is also requested to cover the cost of guest artists, including members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, who will perform with the Chorale during the Texas premiere of a full-length choral and instrumental work, Symphony No. 1: "Passiontide" by Welsh composer, Paul Mealor, during the Lenten season.
www.artsdistrictchorale.org
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Astraiois
Founded in 2007, Astraios produces chamber music concerts designed to be interactive, accessible experiences for music lovers of all levels in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Funding is requested to help the organization expand its free community concerts, which take place at the Frisco Library, Hall Office Park, and Frisco Heritage Museum. Astraios is also seeking funds to expand its school-based concerts in partnership with Frisco Independent School District. The organization presented a total of 12 performance events during the 2015-16 season, and hopes to increase to 22 events in 2016-17.
www.astraiosmusic.org
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AT&T Performing Arts Center
ATTPAC presents renowned regional, national and international performances in its state-of-the-art venues in the Dallas Arts District. Funding is requested to support the Community Partners program, which provides free tickets for underserved audiences in partnership with 16 local nonprofit arts, education, and social service organizations. The program is designed to remove financial and social barriers that inhibit access to performances. To date, ATTPAC has provided more than 6,000 complimentary tickets since the inception of the program.
www.attpac.org
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Avant Chamber Ballet
Avant Chamber Ballet brings together dance and live chamber music to provide critically acclaimed performances for audiences in North Texas. Funding is requested for operating support to assist with artistic and administrative growth as the organization enters its fifth season. Funding is also requested to support the Women's Choreography Project, an initiative created to give female choreographers an opportunity to have their original works commissioned and presented by a professional ballet company.
www.avantchamberballet.org
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Cara Mia Theatre Co.
Cara Mia Theatre produces critically acclaimed plays and creates new and experimental works reflective of the Latino experience in the U.S. Funding is requested to support a new part-time Curator of Community Action position, which will be responsible for deepening community engagement through panel discussions, facilitated conversations and workshops before and after performances. The position will also create study guides and activities to support Cara Mia's performances in schools. Funding is also requested to support Cara Mia's youth programming, called The School of YES!, which serves low-income, at-risk youth in South Dallas, West Dallas and Oak Cliff.
www.caramiatheatre.org
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Chamberlain Performing Arts
For more than 30 years, Chamberlain Performing Arts has been nurturing the talent of pre-professional ballet students in North Texas, while offering Collin County residents the opportunity to attend quality dance productions. The organization is committed to providing access to performances for underserved audiences, as well as free dance classes for at-risk youth in partnership with the Plano and McKinney Boys & Girls Clubs and the Salvation Army. Funding is requested for operating support, including salaries for a development director and a graphic designer.
www.chamberlainperformingarts.org
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Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas
Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas is dedicated to providing Dallas-area youth with opportunities to study and perform choral music at the highest level of artistic excellence in a group that reflects the region’s ethnic and economic diversity. The agency was founded in 1996, and in its 19th season, is one of America’s largest and most prestigious youth choral programs. Support is requested for Downtown Chorus, a training and performance program serving approximately 450 diverse children and youth in grades 4-12; Neighborhood Chorus, a program located in West Dallas Community School that provides free choral training and performance opportunities for over 60 fourth and fifth graders; and to host a three-day professional development residency by nationally renowned choral conductor and educator, Dr. Sandra Snow
www.thechildrenschorus.org
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Circle Theatre
The mission of Circle Theatre is to present contemporary plays rarely seen in North Texas. Now in its 35th season, Circle Theatre presents a season of five innovative main stage plays in its intimate 125-seat theatre located in Fort Worth's Sundance Square Entertainment District. Funding is requested to support operating and production expenses.
www.circletheatre.com
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Color Me Empowered
Color Me Empowered (CME) provides programming that seeks to empower children and communities through the implementation of civic art and visual arts education. Since its founding in 2008, the organization has completed 31 public art projects in Dallas and served more than 2,000 students. Funding is requested for the Arts Integration program, which trains teachers to use art as a visual way to illustrate and reinforce core curriculum subjects. Funding is also needed to support CME's after school and summer programs, offered in partnership with other nonprofit organizations and recreation centers; and to provide scholarship assistance to students enrolled in programs at CME's North Oak Cliff studio classroom.
www.colormeempowered.org
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Crow Collection of Asian Art
The Crow Collection is a free museum located in the Dallas Arts District, which explores Asian arts and cultures, while attempting to bridge the cultural gap between East and West. Funding is requested to support the expansion of Asia Connect, a program presented in partnership with Heart House in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood, which uses art to address the physical and emotional concepts of home for the neighborhood's large immigrant and refugee population. Funding is also requested to support professional gallery educators, who lead tours for school groups and the general public, and to support bus scholarships for schools that apply for transportation assistance.
www.crowcollection.org
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Dallas Bach Society
The mission of the Dallas Bach Society is to promote public education, awareness and understanding of Baroque music (composed before 1800), especially the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Funding is requested to support the organization's education programs, including artist fees, curriculum development and materials, and student transportation costs. Funding is also requested to cover performance expenses associated with the organization's 14-concert season, including rehearsal and performance space, artist fees, and marketing costs.
www.dallasbach.org
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Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) produces contemporary modern dance presented from the African American experience. The organization includes a company of 12 full-time, multi-ethnic dancers who perform nationally and internationally; a company of eight semi-professional artists who perform locally and regionally; and a pre-professional dance academy. Funding is requested to support a new giving circle being created in honor of DBDT's 40th anniversary, and to support expanded marketing and communications, including a new Communications and Community Engagement Manager. Funding is also requested to support renovations in DBDT's main rehearsal hall, including replacement of the sprung wood dance floor.
www.dbdt.com
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Dallas Chamber Symphony
Founded in 2011, Dallas Chamber Symphony is a professional orchestra that presents new and traditional works with extra elements such as film, actors, dancers, narrators and digital media. Funding is requested to support the organization's TEKS-aligned, iPad-based music curriculum for 4th and 5th grade students, which includes regular interaction with musicians and a field trip concert at Dallas City Performance Hall. The program currently serves 3,000 students at no cost to Dallas ISD and other local school districts. Funding is also requested to support "DCS Live! at the Bridge," a weekly concert series for residents of the homeless assistance center.
www.dcsymphony.org
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Dallas Children's Theater
For 32 years, the mission of Dallas Children's Theater (DCT) has been to inspire young people to creative and productive lives through the art of theater. Funding is requested for DCT's Student Matinee Performance Series, which provides deeply discounted tickets for school day performances of mainstage productions, and for Curtains Up On Reading, an artist residency program that pairs a teaching theater artist with a classroom teacher to engage students by incorporating the arts into core curriculum. Funding is also requested to provide free tickets to students who complete a set number of required hours of reading as part of the Mayor's Summer Reading Club. As part of the program, DCT makes as many as 10,000 ticket vouchers available to program participants each year.
www.dct.org
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Dallas Chinese Community Center
The mission of the Dallas Chinese Community Center is to promote Chinese culture and to foster diversity through educational, cultural and recreational programs and activities. Funding is requested to support semester-long Youth Culture Classes, including calligraphy, painting, singing and dancing; and to support a Chinese calligraphy and painting exhibition and demonstration in spring 2017. Funding is also requested to support a fall health fair and year-long health seminars, including free health screenings, consultations and flu shots.
www.dallasccc.org
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Dallas Contemporary
Founded in 1978, Dallas Contemporary is a non-collecting art museum that presents new, cutting-edge exhibitions and programs from regional, national and international artists. Funding is requested to support Art Think, a year-round educational program, which includes 2-6 classroom sessions and an optional field trip to the Dallas Contemporary. The program currently serves 5,000 students per year, and is designed to use contemporary art to teach critical thinking, communication skills and visual literacy.
www.dallascontemporary.org
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Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) maintains a collection of over 23,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of human history and culture. Last year, the museum welcomed over 730,000 visitors - a 9% increase over the previous year. Funding is requested to endow its Chief Conservator position, which was established in 2013 as part of the DMA's initiative to grow its on-site conservation program. Funding is also requested to support the museum's access programs, which provide art education opportunities for individuals with special needs, including vision impairment, autism and dementia. Finally, funding is needed to support the DMA's free general admission policy, which was reinstated in 2013 and has resulted in an increase in annual visitors, increased participation in engagement programs, and greater diversification in the museum's audience.
www.dma.org
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Dallas Symphony Orchestra
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has been serving North Texas for more than 116 years, and currently reaches more than 250,000 children and adults annually through more than 60 classical concerts, 25 pops concerts, and a variety of family, youth and holiday concerts. Funding is requested to support DSO Express, a partnership with Dallas ISD, Dallas County Community College District, and DART to provide free concert tickets, transportation and interactive pre and post concert educational opportunities to 1,000 disadvantaged youth in the Dallas area. Funding is also requested to support ReMix, an innovative concert series presented at Dallas City Performance Hall and designed to attract a younger, more economically and ethnically diverse audience.
www.MyDSO.com
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Dallas Theater Center
The Dallas Theater Center (DTC) seeks to engage, entertain and inspire through its eight play season and educational programs that serve an audience of more than 110,000 people annually. Funding is requested to support Public Works Dallas, a new community inclusiveness initiative designed to engage people from under resourced neighborhoods in DTC workshops, classes and performances. The program will culminate its first year with the production of a free, 200-person, 90-minute musical adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" in March 2017. Funding is also requested to support development of a new play commissioned by DTC called "Penny Candy" by local playwright, Jonathan Norton, and to support production expenses for DTC's February 2017 production of "The Christians," which will engage local choirs to tell the story of a large, modern church whose pastor experiences a surprising epiphany.
www.dallastheatercenter.org
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Dallas Winds
Dallas Winds joins 50 professional musicians together to perform, promote and preserve the musical traditions of the American wind band. The organization annually presents a nine-concert series at the Meyerson Symphony Center, and serves more than 15,000 students through its education programs. Funding is requested to purchase a high quality percussion battery, which will be needed when the organization takes up residency in the historic Encore Park development at 515 Park, a collaborative project being led by First Presbyterian Church of Dallas. Funding is also requested to support salary and benefits for a new, full-time Education Director position, and to support video enhancements for student concerts presented to 12,500 5th graders in partnership with DISD.
www.dallaswinds.org
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Dance Council of North Texas
Founded in 1973, Dance Council of North Texas (DCNT) creates opportunities for the dance community and the general public to engage in dynamic programming on a local and regional level to ensure the vital presence of dance. Funding is requested to support a new Constituent Relationship Management position, which will focus on building and expanding relationships between DCNT and the community through data acquistion, management, analysis, marketing and fundraising. Funding is also requested to support the DCNT's Youth Council Education Outreach program, which provides professional dance instruction and performance opportunities to minority middle and high school students at seven Dallas schools. Finally, funding is requested to support Dallas DanceFest, a weekend extravaganza of professional dance, which takes place at Dallas City Performance Hall every Labor Day weekend.
www.thedancecouncil.org
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Fine Arts Chamber Players
Now in its 35th season, the mission is Fine Arts Chamber Players (FACP) is to enrich the lives of North Texas residents, expecially children and families, through free classical music concerts and educational performances. Funding is requested to support a strings residence program at Uplift's Peak Preparatory Academy in East Dallas. Due to the success of the 6th grade after school violin club, FACP is committed to adding one grade each year so that Peak will have a full string orchestra for 6th-8th grades by the 2017-18 school year. Funding is also requested for general operating support and for a new part-time Education Director position, which will support FACP's growing music education programs.
www.fineartschamberplayers.org
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Fort Worth Opera
Established in 1946, Fort Worth Opera is the oldest continuously performing opera company in Texas and among the oldest opera companies in the nation. Funding is requested to support the 2017 Fort Worth Opera Festival, which includes multiple productions in April and May. Funding is also requested to support Noches de Opera, a programmatic commitment to producing works by Latino artists, along with events that foster inclusion among the Hispanic community in Fort Worth.
www.fwopera.org
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Forth Worth Symphony Orchestra Association
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs 200 concerts each year for a diverse audience of more than 200,000 children and adults. Funding is requested to support Symphony in Your School, a program that provides multiple opportunities for elementary students in Title I Fort Worth ISD schools to experience live symphonic music at no cost to their school. The program currently serves over 10,000 students in 18 Fort Worth elementary schools.
www.fwsymphony.org
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Friends of the Bath House Cultural Center
Founded in 2009, the mission of the Friends of the Bath House Cultural Center is to foster community support for the preservation of the historic building and to raise funds to support programming at the Center. Funding is requested to support the purchase of a membership software system which will allow the Friends organization to effectively track its members, update contact information and communicate with constituents in a more timely manner.
www.friendsofthebathhouse.org
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Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Arlington
The Levitt Pavilion seeks to make the arts accessible to everyone by presenting more than 50 free concerts each year serving more than 115,000 people in Arlington and surrounding communities. Funding is requested to support performance fees for professional musical artists, as well as concert production and marketing costs. The Levitt's summer concert season runs from Memorial Day weekend through mid-July, and the fall season runs from Labor Day weekend through mid-October.
www.levittpavilionarlington.org
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Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
Founded in 1972, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (GDYO) provides music education and performance opportunities for youth ages 8-18 with demonstrated musical ability. GDYO consists of over 450 musicians performing in seven ensembles. Funding is requested for the GDYO Jazz Institute Project, which provides the opportunity for 50-75 young musicians to build their instrumental and technical skills, and to experience working with like-minded young people who want to learn what it means to be a jazz musician.
www.gdyo.org
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Greater Denton Arts Council
The mission of the Greater Denton Arts Council is to support, promote and encourage the arts in the Greater Denton area. The organization serves nearly 40 arts organizations by providing venue space, advocacy and financial support. Funding is requested to support Arts After School, a new weekly arts program serving Denton County students ages 6-12, in partnership with the University of North Texas and United Way.
www.dentonarts.com
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Imagination Fort Worth
Founded in 1989 as part of the Kennedy Center's initiative to increase and improve arts experiences in learning, Imagination Fort Worth (IFW) provides free arts integrated educational programming for over 65,000 Pre-K through 12th grade students in Fort Worth ISD. Funding is requested to support "Welcome Back to the Fort" a program that serves 1,100 2nd graders by connecting Fort Worth's rich history to hands-on learning experiences. Funding is also requested to support IFW's Trinity River Learning program, which serves 2,500 middle and high school students by connecting interactive science lessons to practical applications on the banks of the Trinity River.
www.imaginationfortworth.org
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Jubilee Theatre
Jubilee Theatre, in Fort Worth, creates and produces theatrical works that reflect the African American experience. Funds are requested for production expenses, such as lighting, costumes and set design. In addition, funds are requested for pay for actors. Finally funds are requested for sound equipment such as wireless microphones, receivers and headsets.
www.jubileetheatre.org
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Junior Players
Junior Players provides free arts education programs for at-risk youth at recreation centers, low-income housing developments, local schools, and social service agencies. Funding is requested to support summer theater camps at 50 locations, serving over 1,250 youth ages 7-14, and to support the organization's Discover Musical Theater program, which provides musical theater training to local high school students. Funding is also requested to purchase 25 wireless microphones that will be used in various Junior Players' productions.
www.juniorplayers.org
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Kids Who Care
Kids Who Care is a musical theatre production company based in Fort Worth that desires to create a place where children are cherished. The company recently celebrated its 25th year of programming and offers weekly musical theatre classes, summer camps, and international exchange opportunities. Funding is requested for the Hope Scholarship program, which awards sliding scale scholarships to more than 100 economically disadvantaged students each year. Funding is also requested for Exposure to the Arts initiatives that include free community performances, tickets and transportation for students to school day performances, and complimentary tickets for families served by local social service agencies. Finally, funding is requested for the KidPower Leadership Training program, which selects 80 students age 7-24 each summer to receive 120 hours of instruction and 300 hours of practicum as they assist with leading summer camps.
www.kidswhocare.org
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Kitchen Dog Theater Company
Founded in 1990 by five theater graduates from SMU, the mission of Kitchen Dog Theater (KDT) is to provide a place where questions of justice, morality and human freedom can be explored. After performing for 20 years at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC), KDT is transitioning to temporary space at the Trinity River Arts Council. Funding is requested to support rent expenses during the transition, until KDT moves into a new permanent space in the next few years. Funding is also needed to support a part-time Development and Marketing Coordinator position, along with an Administrative Coordinator position, which will help the organization prioritize its marketing efforts and more efficiently manage administrative tasks.
www.kitchendogtheater.org
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Lone Star Film Society
The mission of Lone Star Film Society is to cultivate an appreciation and understanding of film through year-round screenings, educational workshops, collaborative partnerships, and the annual Lone Star Film Festival in Fort Worth's Sundance Square. Funding is requested to support the expansion of educational and community programs to reach more students and adults in the Fort Worth area.
www.lonestarfilmfestival.com
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Nasher Sculpture Center
The mission of the Nasher Sculpture Center is to be the global focal point for the study and appreciation of modern and contemporary sculpture. Since its opening in 2003, the Nasher has welcomed more than 1.6M visitors from around the world. Funding is requested to support the Gallery Teachers program, which provides free, customized museum tours for K-12 students, as well as classroom resources for use before and after museum visits. Funding is also requested for capital improvements to the museum and garden, as well as support for an innovative exhibition exploring paper as a sculptural materials, which will run March 11-July 16, 2017.
www.nashersculpturecenter.org
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New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving
Now in its 28th year, the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving seeks to provide high-quality orchestral performances to the community at affordable prices. Funding is requested to support the annual Latino Connections concerts, featuring Hispanic music performed for audiences in Dallas and Irving; as well as the First Tickets program, which provides complimentary concert tickets to 6th grade Irving ISD students and their families. Finally, funding is requested to help establish a music library at the Irving Arts Center, in partnership with two other nonprofit musical groups.
www.npoirving.com
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North Texas Business Council for the Arts
The mission of the North Texas Business Council for the Arts is to create strong business/arts partnerships through programs that support employee engagement and retention, leadership development, creative thinking, and diversity. Funding is requested to support a breakfast seminar, which will explore how healthcare institutions can benefit from partnerships with business and arts organizations. Funding is also requested to support an annual board fair, which will feature approximately 75 Dallas area arts organizations seeking individuals interested in serving on nonprofit boards and other volunteer opportunities.
www.ntbca.org
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North Texas Traditional Dance Society
The mission of North Texas Traditional Dance Society (NTTDS) is to develop and promote among the general public a better understanding and appreciation of American folk dancing and its music, roots and influences. Funding is requested to support a pilot program to develop and train younger dancers and musicians. Specifically, the organization intends to host dances on the UTD and UNT campuses throughout the year; provide dance lessons at Oak Point Recreation Center in Plano; and support training and talent development by sponsoring summer camp opportunities for dancers, callers and musicians.
www.nttds.org
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Ochre House Theater
Founded in 2008 in the heart of Fair Park, Ochre House Theater is a professional, alternative theater committed to producing innovative plays and performances that carry a message of artistic and spiritual revival. Funding is requested to to support maintenance and facility upgrades at the organization's 50-seat theater in Exposition Park; to support an annual collaboration with the Dallas Flamenco Festival, and to allow the organization to increase artists' salaries for its annual season of four plays.
www.ochrehousetheater.org
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Orchestra of New Spain
The Orchestra of New Spain is a period-instrument baroque orchestra specializing in, but not limited to, the music of 18th-century Spain. The organization's educational outreach efforts include annual in-school programs in English and Spanish, as well as theatrical works co-produced with DISD's Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts and SMU's Theater Department. Funding is requested to support a concert tour in Cuba scheduled for fall 2016, as well as a fall concert of "Don Quixote" and a winter production of "Seville & Spanish Dance: From Cathedral to the Street."
www.orchestraofnewspain.org
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Performing Arts Fort Worth
Performing Arts Fort Worth (PAFW) owns and operates the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall and the adjacent Maddox-Muse Center. The Hall serves as a permanent home to major performing arts organizations in Fort Worth, and has seen more than 5M visitors since 1998. Funding is requested to support PAFW's Children's Education Program, which includes curriculum-related free performing arts presentations for 70,000 students annually, and summer music camps, which provide free, specialized music instruction for 600+ students in June and August.
www.basshall.com
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Plano Civic Chorus
Now in its 44th season, the mission of the Plano Civic Chorus is to perform great choral masterpieces and exceptional modern choral works. The organization's 100 singers annually present a season of three or four unique programs, frequently in collaboration with the Plano Symphony Orchestra. Funding is requested for technology upgrades, including a customer relationship management system and website support, as well as professional audio/video editing of live performance recordings. Funding is also needed to host the 21st Century Choral Masters competition to support and encourage future composers of choral music.
www.planocivicchorus.org
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Richardson Symphony
For 54 years, the Richardson Symphony Orchestra (RSO) has inspired, educated and excited audiences with exceptional musical performances. Comprised of 60 professional musicans, the RSO serves as the resident symphony of the Charles W. Eisemann Center. Funding is requested to support the Symphony Days program, which introduces 4,000 elementary students (3rd-5th grades) to the world of classical music each year. The multi-faceted program includes classroom curriculum, in-school visits by RSO musicians, and a field trip to attend a concert at the Eisemann Center.
www.richardsonsymphony.org
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Sammons Center for the Arts
Founded in 1981, the Sammons Center is like a greenhouse that helps to grow small and midsized performing arts organizations by providing low-cost office, rehearsal, performance and meeting space, as well as administrative resources. The Center is home to 14 performing arts groups, and serves another 80 with rehearsal, audition and performance space. Funding is requested to support the next phase of a study being done in partnership with the City of Dallas and TACA on creating affordable live/work space for artists. Funding is also needed to purchase a high quality projector and portable screen for use by organizations served by Sammons, and to cover the costs of framing 27 limited edition jazz-themed posters to create a rotating exhibit at the Center.
www.sammonsartcenter.org
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Second Thought Theatre
Founded in 2003 by five Baylor graduates, Second Thought Theatre (STT) produces intensely challenging plays that invite audiences to question convention and gaze beneath the surface of things. Funding is requested to support competitive salaries that will help the organization retain top theatrical talent and upgrade its current contract with Actors' Equity Association. Funding is also requested to support STT's performance space needs, and to increase organizational capacity by adding a development director position.
www.2tt.co
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Shakespeare Dallas
Using Shakespeare's works as a cornerstone, Shakespeare Dallas offers fun and accessible indoor and outdoor theatre, school programs, and cultural enrichment for people of all ages and backgrounds. Funding is requested to support lighting upgrades for Shakespeare in the Park, which will enhance the audience experience and help the organization save on electricity costs. Funding is also requested to support free tickets and "Pay What You Can" nights during the summer series at Samuell Grand Amphiteatre in South Dallas and Addison Circle Park in Addison. Finally, funding is needed to support training for 50 Dallas-based actors by Passion in Practice, a London-based theatre the specializes in original practices and pronunciation of Shakespeare and will be coming to Dallas for a two week residency.
www.shakespearedallas.org
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TACA
TACA (The Arts Community Alliance) champions excellence, innovation and collaboration in performing arts by providing financial support and other resources to local performing arts organizations. In 2016, TACA granted $1.3M to arts groups in Dallas. Funding is requested to support TACA's Perforum event, an annual convening focused on best practices and innovation across the national performing arts sector. Funding is also needed to support TACA's Amplifier Workshops, a series of tactical sessions designed to capitalize on the theme and momentum of Perforum by providing capacity-building opportunities to strengthen local performing arts organizations.
www.taca-arts.org
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Taps 'n Tunes Productions
Located in the City of Hurst, the mission of Taps 'n Tunes is to preserve and recreate interest in musical comedy entertainment and tap dancing. The organization presents performances to seniors in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and also performs for veterans groups. Funding is requested to support rehearsal space rental costs, and to support the organization's annual "Salute to Our Veterans," a USO-style show on Veterans Day that is free and open to the public.
www.tapsntunes.com
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TeCo Theatrical Productions
TeCo is a multi-cultural theater company that seeks to contribute to a diverse and vibrant arts community from its home in the Bishop Arts Theater Center. Funding is requested for Teenagers and Theatre (T-and-T), an apprenticeship program for at-risk youth ages 13-18, in partnership with the Dallas County Juvenile Department and VolunteerNow's truancy program. Funding is also requested to support TeCo's acquisition of La Rondalla, an after school music program for students ages 8-18, and to support the addition of a Director of Student Outreach position, which will oversee all of TeCo's arts education programs, which serve nearly 3,000 children from 50 Dallas area schools.
www.bishopartstheatre.org
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Texas Ballet Theater
Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) is the only fully professional ballet company in North Texas, with a company of 43 professional dancers who present an average of 60 performances to an audience of over 57,000 patrons each year. Funding is requested to support: commissioning new works to offer fresh artistic experiences to TBT's dancers and the community; live orchestral accompaniment for four productions during the 2016-17 season; and the CityDance Outreach program, which provides free, introductory ballet training to 900 elementary students in 42 local public schools.
www.texasballettheater.org
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The Cliburn
Founded shortly after Van Cliburn's victory at the inaugural Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow in 1958, the mission of The Cliburn is to advance classical piano music throughout the world through its international competitions, education programs and community concert series. Funding is requested to support live broadcasts, simulcasts and webcasts of the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which will take place May 25-June 10, 2017. Funding is also requested to support Musical Awakenings, The Cliburn's signature education program, which provides programs to over 50,000 elementary students in 10 school districts across North Texas. Finally, funding is needed to support Cliburn in the Community, a series of free concerts by Cliburn artists in accessible venues throughout Tarrant County.
www.cliburn.org
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The Dallas Arts District Foundaton
The mission of the Dallas Arts District Foundation is to provide leadership in determining priority issues for the district, convening stakeholders and neighbors to identify opportunities to improve services and quality of life in the district, and to increase awareness and access to the district by the general public. Funding is requested to support the Foundation's competitive grants, which support site-specific, diverse and innovative programs in the Dallas Arts District, developed through collaboration among two or more local arts and cultural organizations. Since 2005, the Foundation has awarded 162 grants to 35 organizations totaling over $300,000.
www.dallasartsdistrict.org
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The Mexico Institute
For the last 27 years, The Mexico Institute has worked to advance knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Mexican culture through artistic and cultural programs and events. Funding is requested for operating support, and to support events surrounding the "Day of the Spanish Language," including a Spanish writing contest for high school and college students and a scholarly lecture.
www.themexicoinstitute.org
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Theatre Three
Founded in 1961, Theatre Three (T3) produces seven mainstage productions each year from its initimate theater space located in Uptown. Funding is requested to support The Jac Alder Memorial Fund, created in memory of T3 founder, Jac Alder, who passed away in March 2015. The fund will support ongoing maintenance and capital improvements at the theater, including: safety and equipment upgrades in the T3 shop where sets are built; lighting improvements; and sound system upgrades. Funds raised will be matched by a gift from Mr. Alder's estate.
www.theatre3dallas.org
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Travis Academy of Fine Arts
Travis Academy of Fine Arts (TAFA) was founded in 1999 to provide the highest quality arts training for homeschool students across Tarrant County and surrounding areas. The organization's K-12th grade program serves nearly 1,000 students and offers 134 courses and 151 private lessons in art, dance, music, photography, drama, theater, film and sound production. Funding is requested to support TAFA's instrument fund for the purchase of band instruments and pianos, and for costuming and production costs of its musical theater programs. Funding is also requested to support renovations to the historic Riverside Baptist Church, which will become TAFA's new permanent home, allowing the organization to serve more students in the future.
www.tafa.org
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Turtle Creek Chorale
Founded in 1980, the Turtle Creek Chorale (TCC) is comprised of more than 200 singing members who collectively contribute over 100,000 hours annually to rehearsals, performances and community outreach, including a main stage concert series at Dallas City Performance Hall and more than 30 benefit concerts across the community. Funding is requested to support TCC's 2016-17 season of performances; collaborative programming with other local performing arts organizations; and funding to allow TCC to provide complimentary tickets to underserved audiences.
www.turtlecreek.org
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Undermain Theatre
Founded in 1984 by a group of artists who transformed a warehouse basement under Main Street into a unique performance space, Undermain's mission is to inspire, educate and challenge audiences through production of innovative works. Funding is requested for numerous facility improvements, including electrical upgrades, new AC equipment, bathroom renovations, and installation of a paint sink and laundry facilities. Funding is also requested to support development of a complete marketing and brand strategy in partnership with Imaginuity, a Dallas-based marketing firm.
www.undermain.org
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Uptown Players
The mission of Uptown Players is to present professional theater that meets an increasing demand in the community for audiences to see a wide variety of life experiences represented on stage, including plays and musicals with contemporary and alternate lifestyle themes. Funding is requested to support Uptown Players' 2017 season of five mainstage productions at the historic Kalita Humphreys Theater on Turtle Creek. Funding is also requested to support lighting upgrades, as well as a collaboration with the Turtle Creek Chorale on a musical concert to be presented at City Performance Hall in May 2017.
www.uptownplayers.org
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Video Association of Dallas
The Video Association of Dallas is dedicated to promoting an understanding of video as a creative medium and cultural force in our society, and to supporting and advance the work of Texas artists working in video and electronic arts. Funding is requested to support a collaboration with the Dallas Chamber Symphony to present a silent film with a live musical score. Funding is also requested to support the salary of a new full time development position, which will help build the organization's capacity through focused fundraising efforts. Finally, funding is needed to support archiving and digitizing the organization's collection of video materials so that they can be made available online to the public.
www.videofest.org
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