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TACA's 2014 grant awards mark largest distribution in organization's history

TACA's 2014 grant awards mark largest distribution in its history

Nancy Carlson, Ken Travis, Rha Goddess, taca award presentation
 Nancy Carlson, Ken Travis, Rha Goddess Photo by Dana Driensky
369	Lynn McBee, Deborah Nugent, taca award presentation
Lynn McBee, Deborah Nugent Photo by Dana Driensky
Nancy Carlson, taca grant presentation
Nancy Carlson  Photo by Dana Driensky
Mark Doyle, Fanny Kerwicz, Lucilo Peña, taca grand presentation
Mark Doyle, Fanny Kerwicz, Lucilo Peña Photo by Dana Driensky
James Shackelford, John and Stacey Relton, taca award presentation
James Shackelford, John Relton, Stacey Relton Photo by Dana Driensky
Gillian Breidenbach and Cindy Stager, taca award presentation
Gillian Breidenbach, Cindy Stager Photo by Dana Driensky
Cheryl  and Wolford McCue, taca awards presentation
Cheryl McCue, Wolford McCue Photo by Dana Driensky
Mary Stamm, Caroline Rose Hunt, Judith Kauffman, taca grant presentation
Mary Stamm, Caroline Rose Hunt, Judith Kauffman Photo by Dana Driensky
Zannie Voss, Brent Christopher, Monica Egert Smith, taca awards presentation
Zannie Voss, Brent Christopher, Monica Egert Smith Photo by Dana Driensky
Laura Harrison and Donna Wilhelm, taca award presentation
Laura Harrison, Donna Wilhelm, Photo by Dana Driensky
Bill Rolley, Paul Barnes, Kirsten James, Rosaura Cruz-Webb, taca award presentation
Bill Rolley, Paul Barnes, Kirsten James, Rosaura Cruz-Webb Photo by Dana Driensky
Ben White, Kevin Travis, TACA awards presentation
Ben White, Kevin Travis  Photo by Dana Driensky
Brent Christopher, Donna Wilhelm, Jeremy Strick, Nasher Sculpture Center, TACA grant presentation
 Brent Christopher, Donna Wilhelm, Jeremy Strick Photo by Dana Driensky
Miranda Parham and Kelsey Head, Second Thought Theater, Laura Einspanier , taco grant presentation
Miranda Parham, Kelsey Head, Laura Einspanier Photo by Dana Driensky
Julie Ramirez, Robyn Flatt, Dallas Children’s Theater, Yvette Wheeler, TACA grant presentation
Julie Ramirez, Robyn Flatt, Yvette Wheeler Photo by Dana Driensky
Nancy Carlson, Ken Travis, Rha Goddess, taca award presentation
369	Lynn McBee, Deborah Nugent, taca award presentation
Nancy Carlson, taca grant presentation
Mark Doyle, Fanny Kerwicz, Lucilo Peña, taca grand presentation
James Shackelford, John and Stacey Relton, taca award presentation
Gillian Breidenbach and Cindy Stager, taca award presentation
Cheryl  and Wolford McCue, taca awards presentation
Mary Stamm, Caroline Rose Hunt, Judith Kauffman, taca grant presentation
Zannie Voss, Brent Christopher, Monica Egert Smith, taca awards presentation
Laura Harrison and Donna Wilhelm, taca award presentation
Bill Rolley, Paul Barnes, Kirsten James, Rosaura Cruz-Webb, taca award presentation
Ben White, Kevin Travis, TACA awards presentation
Brent Christopher, Donna Wilhelm, Jeremy Strick, Nasher Sculpture Center, TACA grant presentation
Miranda Parham and Kelsey Head, Second Thought Theater, Laura Einspanier , taco grant presentation
Julie Ramirez, Robyn Flatt, Dallas Children’s Theater, Yvette Wheeler, TACA grant presentation

It was all smiles for The Arts Community Alliance at the annual grant awards presentation at the Wyly Theatre, as the organization announced the distribution of $1.3 million to 46 diverse North Texas performing arts organizations.

TACA was thrilled to reveal to guests — including Lynn McBee, Deborah Nugent, James Shackelford, Gillian Breidenbach, Mary Stamm, Caroline Rose Hunt, Judith Kauffman, Marnie and Kern Wildenthal, and Barbara Daseke — that this was largest grants distribution in its history.

“We are elated to have surpassed our fundraising goal for TACA’s 2014 distribution,” said Nancy Carlson, chairman of TACA’s board of directors. “Distributing the largest dollar amount in TACA history is a meaningful accomplishment and speaks to the commitment and support of so many individuals, companies and foundations that make it possible.”

Just how far is the reach of TACA’s fundraising efforts? The group estimates that this cycle of funding will help support more than 5,000 performances that approximately 1.2 million people will attend. The grants range from $5,000 to $110,000, supporting both established and emerging groups.

Some top grant winners include the following:

  • Texas Ballet Theater: $65,000
  • Dallas Children's Theater: $75,000
  • Dallas Black Dance Theatre: $80,000
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra: $100,000
  • The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center: $110,000

Guests also got a chance to hear from social activist Rha Goddess. The artist, writer and poet brings more than two decades of transformational “crowd rocking’” in the name of social change. Her latest venture, Move the Crowd, is the nation’s first entrepreneurial training company dedicated to helping the next generation “stay true, get paid and do good.”

In its history, TACA has distributed more than $23 million to local performing arts organizations.