TACA is known to throw some of the best parties in town, including the Silver Cup Award Luncheon, Custom Auction Gala and Party on the Green. Although it's easy to get caught up in the glamor of these affairs, we try not to lose sight of the important work The Arts Community Alliance does for the creative world.
TACA's mission is to support artistic excellence in performing arts and promotes collaboration and innovation via fiscal support and volunteer work. For more than 40 years, TACA has distributed more than $21.5 million to start-up and already established arts organizations with funds raised through the three previously mentioned signature events.
In 2012, TACA raised a record-breaking $1.3 million. On January 28, $1.2 million was distributed to 42 organizations, including the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Wind Symphony, Dallas Opera and Dallas Symphony Orchestra, as well as theater companies such as Echo Theatre, Second Thought Theatre, Shakespeare Dallas, Theater Three and Lyric Stage.
The remaining $100,000 will be donated in June as part of the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund, which supports creative experimental and innovative work.
TACA devotees Caroline Rose Hunt, Del Frnka, Diane and Hal Brierley, Ken Travis, Andy Teller, Becky Young, Kirsten James, Wanda Gierhart, Norm Bagwell, and Christopher Vo joined Nancy Carlson, TACA chair of the board of directors, for a distribution fete at the Wyly Theatre.
"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 Texas," Carlson said.