The Dallas Arts District Foundation has selected the 2016 recipients for its annual grant program, with 14 local arts and cultural organizations receiving $24,500 in grant money. The grants are earmarked for original and multidisciplinary programs in the Dallas Arts District during 2017.
Dallas Arts District executive director Lily Weiss says that the list includes something for everyone. "One of the most important efforts of the Dallas Arts District is to award grants that enhance and enrich the cultural life of the city," Weiss says in a release. "I am most excited about the 2017 projects because they reflect not only a range of dance, music, theater, and visual arts but also cultivate new and inclusive artists, works, and audiences in our neighborhood."
The recipients are:
Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Loss: Creating Through Grief
Bruce Wood Dance Project Seven June, June 16-17, 2017, at Dallas City Performance Hall
Color Me Empowered Pegasus at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
Crow Collection of Asian Art Chinese New Year Celebration, January 28, 2017, on Flora and Harwood streets
Dallas Black Dance Theatre DanceAfrica Festival, October 6-7, 2017, at Annette Strauss Square and Dallas City Performance Hall
Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture 12th Annual MLK Jr. Symposium: MLK’s Legacy: Issues of Social Justice in the 21st Century, January 16, 2017, at Dallas City Performance Hall
Dallas Symphony Association Passport to the Park, May 28, 2017, at Klyde Warren Park and Dallas City Performance Hall
Fine Arts Chamber Players Bancroft Family Concerts, January 28-May 13, 2017, at Dallas Museum of Art and Basically Beethoven Festival, July 9-30, 2017, at Dallas City Performance Hall
Junior Players Guild Junior Players Presents: Metamorphosis, August 18-19, 2017, at Dallas City Performance Hall
Lone Star Wind Orchestra Dallas Proud on March 5, 2017; On the Edge on March 26, 2017; and Sunday with Steve Bryant on May 14, 2017, all at Dallas City Performance Hall
Shakespeare Dallas Sonnets, May 28, 2017, at Sammons Park
Bishop Arts Theatre Center Summer Theatre Camp Culminating Performance and Tech Internship, at Montgomery Arts Theater
The Black Academy of Arts and Letters Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement concert, January 15, 2017, at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
The Dallas Opera The Dallas Opera OPERA America Festival, May 4-7, 2017, at the Winspear Opera House
The Dallas Arts District is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and is funded by grants, voluntary membership dues, sponsorships, and donations. The Foundation sponsors a broad range of activities with particular emphasis on emerging artists and cultural groups from outside the Dallas Arts District.
Financial assistance is granted to a nonprofit organization or to an individual sponsored by a nonprofit organization who wants to provide a specific artistic or cultural activity to occur within the Dallas Arts District that also benefits the public.
Since 1997, the Dallas Arts District Foundation Fund has awarded 424 grants to area arts organizations totaling $1,086,567. The highest priority is funding projects that are site-specific, innovative, and represent a collaborative process between different cultural organizations.