Arts & Culture

In Fall 2017, 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. Funds are requested for: 1) training and hiring two teaching artists to assist in lesson facilitation and provide professional development workshops for teachers, 2) to hire an outside consultant to perform a professional evaluation of its education programming, and 3) funds are requested to underwrite education program staff.
www.29pieces.org
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AIR (Arts Incubator of Richardson)
Arts Incubator of Richardson (AIR) is exploring opportunities to house a center for creativity, innovation and collaboration in the City of Richardson. This initiative is composed of multiple entities who support the city's cultural arts master plan and would allow for the inclusion of art and artistry from a diversity of cultures. AIR began six years ago and has developed strong partnerships with other Richardson-based arts organizations. AIR is requesting $250,000 in operating funds to hire an architect or consultant for renovation and building needs and the initiation and development of a capital fundraising campaign.
www.artsincubatorrichardson.org
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Art House Dallas
Art House Dallas provides artist care and development for all individuals seeking to lead creative lives and fosters community among creative individuals. Since 2010, Art House Dallas has served over 4,500 artists. Funding is requested for 1) $4,000 for Awaken Creativity, a program and workshops to encourage and support writers 2) $3,500 for DEPLOY, a program designed for artists to share their creativity with neighborhoods who have little or no exposure to arts and culture.
www.arthousedallas.org
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Astraios, Inc.
Astraios, Inc. produces world-class chamber music built around innovative and engaging audience interaction. Astraisos is seeking funds to support and expand their free community concerts and elementary program partnerships in the Frisco area. Each $5,000 gift provides a free evening concert and a gift of $1,000 provides a one-time assembly at a Frisco ISD Elementary School.
www.astraiosmusic.org
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Aurora Dallas
Aurora is a free contemporary art event in downtown Dallas that presents interactive new media artworks of light, video and sound in exciting and unexpected public spaces, specifically on Young Street. Aurora facilitates collaboration among local, national and international artists and the City of Dallas to produce a unique community and artistic experience. Over 50,000 individuals attended in 2015. Funds are requested for the following: 1) for five local artists to produce installations at satellite locations across the City of Dallas, 2) to provide ground installation, including all artists' costs and costs of curators, and 3) to provide funding for a permanent, transportable installation that can be displayed on school campuses and other locations at which Aurora can offer trainings and seminars on mixed media art.
www.dallasaurora.com
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Bruce Wood Dance Project
Bruce Wood Dance Project presents high-caliber, original, contemporary choreography that harnesses the power of dance as a tool for entertainment, enrichment and healing. BWDP commissions new work by acclaimed and resident choreographers; produces and licenses Wood's repertoire; provides education outreach to underserved populations; and contributes to the cultural life of the region, state and nation. Funds are requested for 1) to restage Bruce Wood's performances 2) to commission innovative new works 3) to sustain the first generation of the Wood Legacy dancers and choreographers.
www.brucewooddance.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. Nearly 4,000 patrons are served annually. 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 its performances of the Nutcracker, and to hire additional staff to meet increasing demand.
chamberlainperformingarts.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 36th 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. Annually 10,000-12,000 are served. 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 over 30 public art projects in Dallas and served more than 6,000 students. Funds are requested for: a public youth art employment program which engages high school artists and employs them to create public murals; new after school and summer programming that will produce about seven public art projects annually; and towards the renovations of their new North Oak Cliff facility.
www.colormeempowered.org
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Crossroads Studio
Crossroads Studio is an art studio and gallery in the Como neighborhood of Fort Worth that provides art classes to all ages and skill levels. Como is 63% African American and considered low-income. Funds are requested to renovate the gallery at the existing site. In addition, funds are requested to create a coloring book featuring the iconic buildings of Como. Finally funds are requested to support educational programming.
www.crossroadsstudio.org
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Cry Havoc Theater Company
Cry Havoc Theater Company provides pre-professional training for young people through opportunities to act in contemporary, provocative productions. Funds are requested for a second season of Shots Fired which focuses on the July 7th shootings. The last audience of about 1,000 was 60% African American and 40% Anglo or Hispanic. Second, funds are requested for The Great American Sideshow a political allegory about the state of affairs in the U.S. Additional funds are requested for a yet to be selected production in January 2018.
www.cryhavoctheater.org
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Dallas Arts District Foundation
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. Funds are requested for Nexus 2050 which is laying the groundwork for future infrastructure projects throughout the district, including revitalizing Flora Street, pedestrian connections to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and more. In addition, funds are requested for Signature Block Parties, including Late Night at the Museums and a block party for the Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery at the Dallas Museum of Art. A Signature Block Party reaches about 15,000 people.
www.dallasartsdistrict.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 13-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. Funds are requested to repair its parking access equipment which ordinarily provides revenue for the organization, but allows for vandals to enter the exit gate when it is broken. Funds are also requested to replace DBDT's outdated phone system which results in dropped calls, dial-in errors and transfer/conferencing difficulties. Finally funds are requested for technology and software to improved the speed with which DBDT can create its marketing materials.
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, dancers, and digital media. Funds are requested for "Taking It to the Streets" which will provide interactive/music therapy performances downtown and in area hospitals and homeless shelters. This project requires a $50,000 match. Funds are also requested for "The Sounds Between," a composer residency through which Dallas audiences will explore how music is composed, how musicians/conductors collaborate with composers to interpret music and how the audience plays a role in the performance.
www.dcsymphony.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 The agency serves over 12,000 annually. Funding is requested for Youth Chinese Classes in which local teachers will teach youth Chinese so they can be more proficient in the language. In addition, funds are requested for a Chinese Calligraphy Painting Exhibition and Demonstration, including famous Chinese artists from New York and Dallas.
www.dallasccc.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. Funds are requested for: Access Programs, which provide art education for individuals with special needs including vision impairment, autism and dementia and their caregivers; Asante Gold, a major new exhibition that will explore the adornments worn and implements carried by Asante royals from the 18th to the mid-20th century; and for the renovation of the Objects Conservation Laboratory, dedicated to conserving the works in the permanent collection.
www.dma.org
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Dallas Symphony Orchestra
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has been serving North Texas for more than 117 years, and currently reaches more than 250,000 children and adults annually through more than 150 classical concerts, pops concerts, and a variety of family, youth and holiday concerts. Funding is requested for My DSO Concert, a free afternoon of live orchestral music designed for children and adults on the autism spectrum and with developmental differences, and their families, caregivers and friends. Funds are also requested for a free community Parks Concert series that serves about 8,000 through performances at local parks.
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 community inclusiveness initiative designed to engage people from under-resourced neighborhoods in DTC workshops, classes and performances. The program will culminate its second year with the production of a free, 200-person, production of Shakespeare's "A Winter Tale" in September 2018. Funds are also requested for Project Discovery which provides tickets, transportation, scripts and study guides at no cost to select students and teachers at Title I high schools.
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 to 14,600 attendees, and serves more than 15,000 students through its education programs. Funds are requested for: salary and benefits for an Education Director; the rental of an improved video screen to enhance performances; and to expand its band camp doubling the number served from 600-700 to 1,200-1,400 annually.
www.dallaswinds.org
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Fine Arts Chamber Players
Now in its 36th season, the mission of Fine Arts Chamber Players (FACP) is to enrich the lives of North Texas residents, especially 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 has been 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. In addition, funding is also requested for a new part-time Education Coordinator, given that FACP's five education programs have grown. Finally, funding is requested for the production of a free community musical festival, Basically Beethoven, which reaches nearly 3,000 Dallas residents annually.
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 2018 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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Fort Worth Public Library Foundation
The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation serves to support the Fort Worth Public Library and the community. Funds are requested for: the Launch Pad Program, which assists aspiring students to apply for college; Books for Tarrant County Babies to provide a bilingual book and Library card to every newborn family; and the Children's Author Series which brings acclaimed authors to visit with Fort Worth schoolchildren.
www.fwplf.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 May 19 through July 23, and the fall season runs from September 1 through October 22.
www.levittpavilionarlington.org
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Garland Symphony Orchestra
The Garland Symphony Orchestra enhances the quality of life in our community by inspiring, entertaining and involving citizens through music concerts over the last twenty six years. Funding is requested to support GSO's Young People's Concerts which utilizes orchestra music as a focus for the development of arts-integrated curricula aligning with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills syllabus. Working with teachers and schools in Garland ISD, the Young People's Concerts reach over 6,500 students attending Title I schools and providing the opportunity to experience symphonic music.
www.garlandsymphony.org
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Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
For 45 years, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra has provided music education and performance opportunities for youth with demonstrated musical ability. Funds are requested for the Jazz Institute Project which began in 2014 and annually serves 50-75 youth who are interested in learning what it means to be a jazz musician, build their instrumental skills, interact with jazz professionals and perform in jazz jam sessions.
www.gdyo.org
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Irving Symphony Orchestra
Celebrating their 55th season, the Irving Symphony Orchestra provides professional music and education programs for over 2,100 patrons in Irving and the North Texas community. Funding is requested to 1) assist in producing three major concerts in the fall of 2017 and 2) support "Healing Notes," a musical therapy-influenced concert program that allows participants to share their personal story while playing an instrument.
www.irvingsymphony.com
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Junior Players
Junior Players provides free arts education programs in local recreation and cultural centers. Their programming encourages intellectual growth, mental well-being and the development of life skills in North Texas youth through mentoring, creative expression and participating in drama and arts activities. Funding is requested for: 1) Discover Theater Summer Camp that reaches low-moderate income children teaches theater and performing arts while working on improving literacy skills and 2) Discover Dance Teen Production provides a safe environment for students to share challenging issues they face and how the arts have given them an outlet to deal with those challenges. Choreographers partner with students to set their ideas to music and dance which culminates in a performance at Dallas City Performance Hall.
www.juniorplayers.org
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Kids Who Care
Kids Who Care facilitates a safe place for children to be exposed to and experience performing arts through weekly musical theater classes, summer camps and international exchange programs and writing original pieces. Funds are requested for: 1) The Hope Scholarship program which allows low-income students access to classes and camps and aims to support 30% of the students enrolled 2) KidPower Leadership Training to develop creative thinking and entrepreneurial business skills in students ages 7-24 and 3) Exposure to the Arts hosts performances and workshops in the community where children and families gather who may not otherwise be able to experience musical theater.
www.kidswhocare.org
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Kitchen Dog Theater
Kitchen Dog Theater carefully selects and performs plays that challenge our moral and social consciousness and invite audiences to question conventional views of self and experience. Funds are requested for: 1) 2017 Capital Campaign which would allow a building KDT purchased in 2016 to be renovated and become the theater's permanent home and support expanded operations required by the new space and 2) Capacity Building: Part-time Marketing Coordinator to assist in building KDT's fundraising efforts and increasing revenue sources
www.kitchendogtheater.org
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KNON 89.3
KNON 89.3 FM provides quality and unique programming to reflect the diversity of DFW Metroplex for almost 34 years. KNON has been in the forefront of discussing social issues with station proven track record of giving voice and understanding to those with marginalized experiences, and engaging the community with conversation of racial inequalities on a local level. Funding is requested for a new antenna to continue the station's uninterrupted broadcasting.
www.knon.org
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Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra
The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra (LCSO) provides culturally enriching programming to the citizens in Irving and is dedicated to educating the next generation of musicians and music enthusiasts. Funds are requested to support the Lone Star Youth Orchestra, an education initiative of the LCSO that offers high-level orchestral training to middle and high school musicians throughout the metropole. The only tuition-free youth orchestra in the DFW area, 63% of students attend Title I schools and funding will provide meals, rehearsal space and performance costs.
www.lascolinassymphony.org
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Nasher Sculpture Center
Nasher Sculpture Center inspires to be the global focal point for the study and appreciation of modern and contemporary sculpture. Nasher Sculpture Center is advancing the understanding of important art forms, while still engaging visitors with fresh new experiences and great works of art. Funding is requested for a 3D printed model for the visually impaired. Through the production of 3D printed models, The Nasher aims to develop and promote meaningful experiences for people who are visually impaired. Funding is also requested for a Multimedia Mobile Application. The Nasher aims to design and implement a multimedia mobile application to increase the understanding of modern and contemporary sculptures.
www.nashersculpturecenter.org
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New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving
New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving (NPOI) enhances the cultural arts of North Texas by offering high quality orchestral performances to the community at affordable prices and providing a classical experience that fosters and challenges local musicians to their upmost abilities. Funding is requested for Latino Connections a program that honors and presents wonderful music by Hispanic and Latino composers. Funding is also requested for the First Ticket program that introduces all new orchestra students and their families to the rich environment of orchestra. Finally funding is requested to present a fully staged opera in Irving at the Irving Arts center with a collaboration between the UTA Opera workshop and NPOI.
www.npoirving.org
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Ochre House Theater
Ochre House Theater produces high quality, original theatre productions that carry a message of artistic and spiritual revival to the community using minimal resources to their maximum potential. Funding is requested to support the yearly collaboration of Ochre House Theater and the Dallas F.L.A.M.E Foundation for the annual Dallas Flamenco Festival. Funding is also requested for theater maintenance and upgrades to our permanent home in the Exposition Park area of Dallas. Funding is also requested to secure Ochre House Theatre's Artist-In-Residence educational program.
www.ochrehousetheater.org
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Performing Arts Fort Worth
Performing Arts owns and operates the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall and the adjacent Maddox-Muse Center. Funding is requested for student performances and summer music camps. Every year 70,000 students and teachers from Forth Worth ISD and North Texas travel to learn advanced academic skills and encourage a lifelong appreciation of performing arts.
www.basshall.com
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Richardson Symphony
For 55 years, the Richardson Symphony Orchestra (RSO) has inspired, educated and excited audiences with exceptional musical performances. Comprised of 60 professional musicians, the RSO serves as the resident symphony of the Charles W. Eisemann Center that inspires, educates, and excites audiences with exceptional musical performances. Funding is requested to support the Symphony Days program that provides students with a 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 for: "Sammons Institute" a professional development program for performers, artists and other professionals; for a projector and portable screen; and a built-in sound system for concerts and events.
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 for: 1) new works by North Texas playwrights, 2) hiring a full-time Director of Development and Marketing, and 3) a multi-year lease with STT's current performance space.
www.secondthoughttheatre.com
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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 for: artist fees for Shakespeare Dallas' tour to Spain; hiring an education director to run all of its school programs; and commissioning Quixote: Part 2, a play based on Don Quixote.
www.shakespearedallas.org
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Soul Rep Theatre Company
Soul Rep Theatre Company exists to provide quality, transformative Black theater that enlightens the imagination. Funds are requested for operating funds, and to ensure South Dallas elementary and middle schools have access to its educational programming. Finally funds are requested for capital to construct key set pieces that can be used regularly.
www.soulrep.org
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Southern Methodist University - National Center for Arts
Southern Methodist University's mission is to be a leading private institution of higher learning that expands knowledge through research and teaching. SMU's National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) provides evidence-based insights to help arts and cultural organizations overcome barriers to success, increase their impact, and serve as a catalyst for transformation and long-term sustainability. Funds are solely requested for the NCAR Audience Development Tool which will determine consumer behavior through a heat map with census tracts and spending information for nine arts organizations. This will help them become more efficient in their target marketing efforts. Participating organizations are: Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Dallas Children's Theater, Dallas Chamber Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera, Cara Mia Theatre and TITAS.
www.smu.edu
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St. Matthew's Cathedral Arts
As a center for the arts in East Dallas, St. Matthew's Cathedral Arts (SMCA) revives an ancient tradition of cathedral churches of proclaiming the presence of God through human creativity. SMCA serves zip code 75206, which has approximately 36,000 people with 20% living below the poverty line. Funds are requested for: 1) program support, 2) operating support, and 3) capital to renovate the performance stage, improve the patio parking lot and circle driveway.
www.cathedralartsdallas.org
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TACA, Inc.
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. Funds are requested 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. Additional funds are requested for operational costs and community outreach programs.
www.tapsntunes.com
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Texas Winds Musical Outreach
Texas Winds Musical Outreach engages and comforts seniors, hospital patients, veterans and children in North Texas through live, professional musical performances. In its 32nd season, 70 musicians will provide 1,700 concerts for 142,000 individuals. Funds are requested for concerts for seniors, hospital concerts, and VA hospital concerts.
www.texaswinds.org
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The Black Academy of Arts and Letters
The Black Academy of Arts and Letters promotes and preserves awareness and understanding of artistic, cultural and aesthetic differences in the Arts and Letters of the African, Caribbean and African Americans in fine, literary, performing and cinematic arts. TBAAL partners with DISD for the Youth Summer Arts Enrichment Institute and has served over 15,000 in our community. Funds are requested for the following: 1) the Youth Summer Arts Institute, 2) the Summer Arts Intensive with Masters program, and 3) the Riverfront Jazz Festival performances.
www.tbaal.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. Funds are requested for Cliburn Concerts, an annual concert series that brings classical musicians and computers to Texas. Funding is also requested to support Cliburn in the Classroom, The Cliburn's signature education program, which provides programs to over 13,000 elementary students in at 65 campuses in DISD. 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 Firehouse Theater
The Firehouse Theater, built in a historic fire station, provides theater programming that is safe for the whole family, including a summer camp for 2nd-8th grade students. Funding is requested for production and operating expenses.
www.thefirehousetheatre.com
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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 2017-18 season of performances; collaborative programming with other local performing arts organizations; and funding to allow TCC to provide complimentary tickets to underserved audiences.
turtlecreekchorale.com
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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. It serves 5,500 people annually. 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 for its student outreach project which provides performances and study guides for high school students. Finally funds are requested for an artist residency for Latino playwright Matthew Paul Olmos and the production of his world premiere So Go the Ghosts of Mexico, Part Two.
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. Average audience attendance is 2,600 per production. Funds are requested for: upkeep and upgrades to its existing theater; replacing outdated computers in the offices and the box office; and operational support for the remaining productions in 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 advancing the work of Texas artists working in video and electronic arts. In 2016, attendance was 12,000. Funding is requested to highlight first-time filmmakers through a Women Filmmakers in the 70's series highlighting women who wrote story scripts and then cast, directed, shot, edited and screened their movies. 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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WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre's mission is to create innovative, diverse theatre that builds community by fostering empathy and dialogue. It annually serves an audience of over 24,000. Funds are requested to launch Futureworks, a new play development program. The program will produce three new plays over the next two seasons by employing a number of new playwrights to work together collaboratively.
www.watertowertheatre.org
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