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TACA distributes $1.2 million to 42 North Texas performing arts organizations

TACA distributes $1.2 million to 42 North Texas performing arts organizations

Nicholas Even, Cora Cardona Hurst, Jacquelin Taylor
Nicholas Even , Cora Cardona Hurst , Jacquelin Taylor Photo by Dana Driensky
Wanda Gierhart, Kirsten James
Wanda Gierhart , Kirsten James Photo by Dana Driensky
Ken Travis, Andy Teller, Becky Young, Nancy Carlson, Christopher Vo, Norm Bagwell
Ken Travis , Andy Teller , Becky Young , Nancy Carlson , Christopher Vo , Norm Bagwell Photo by Dana Driensky
Caroline Rose Hunt, Del Frnka
Caroline Rose Hunt , Del Frnka Photo by Dana Driensky
Diane Brierley, Hal Brierley
Diane Brierley , Hal Brierley Photo by Dana Driensky
Doug Houser, Ann Williams
Doug Houser , Ann Williams Photo by Dana Driensky
Regina Washington, Brent Christopher
Regina Washington , Brent Christopher Photo by Dana Driensky
Robyn Flatt, Yvette Wheeler, Julie Ramirez
Robyn Flatt , Yvette Wheeler , Julie Ramirez Photo by Dana Driensky
Nicholas Even, Cora Cardona Hurst, Jacquelin Taylor
Wanda Gierhart, Kirsten James
Ken Travis, Andy Teller, Becky Young, Nancy Carlson, Christopher Vo, Norm Bagwell
Caroline Rose Hunt, Del Frnka
Diane Brierley, Hal Brierley
Doug Houser, Ann Williams
Regina Washington, Brent Christopher
Robyn Flatt, Yvette Wheeler, Julie Ramirez

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 FrnkaDiane and Hal Brierley, Ken Travis, Andy Teller, Becky Young,  Kirsten James, Wanda GierhartNorm 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.