Dallas native Parisa Khobdeh was the guest artist speaker at the TACA grant awards on Jan. 25

TACA Gives Annual Grants

The Arts Community Alliance handed out $1.3 million to theater, dance, music, opera and spoken word organizations on Monday.

published Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Photo: Alisa Eykilis
Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet received its first TACA grant, of $5,000

Dallas — TACA (The Arts Community Alliance) handed out its annual grants for general funds to music, theater, dance and spoken word organizations Monday night, with the total at $1.3 million. It was the ninth consecutive year that TACA's grants have totaled more than $1 million. Groups that received the highest award of $100,000 were Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Theater Center; while Dallas Children's Theater, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Texas Ballet Theater and TITAS were the only other organizations that received more than $50,000. In the theater category, WaterTower Theatre received the next highest amount, at $40,000. Groups receiving their first TACA grants were Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet and choral outfit Vox Humana.


Here is the complete press release and list of recipients:

On Monday, January 25, 2016, TACA (The Arts Community Alliance) distributed grants ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 to forty-eight local performing arts organizations and programs at the annual TACA Grant Awards Presentation. The event, sponsored by Bank of Texas, took place at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre with more than 250 local arts managers, patrons, and volunteers in attendance. In total, TACA provided $1.3 million to organizations representing various budget sizes and artistic genres, including theater, music, dance, and spoken word.

Parisa Khobdeh, Plano-native and Dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York, served as the 2016 Grant Awards Guest Artist Speaker. Ms. Khobdeh is a graduate of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. Over the course of her career, she has worked with many notable choreographers and has lent her talents to benefit human rights organizations.

“For the ninth consecutive year, we are proud to provide more than $1 million in grants to the arts community,” said Becky Young, Carlson President and Executive Director of TACA. “We are so fortunate to have such a vibrant local arts community. The Grant Awards Presentation is our opportunity to celebrate what local arts leaders and supporters accomplish each year.”

TACA’s distinct granting process is driven by community volunteers, including local business and civic leaders and performing arts experts and enthusiasts. Each year, approximately forty volunteers of varying ages and backgrounds attend performances, review grant applications, and allocate funding based on artistic merit, community impact, and organizational health.

In additional to general operating support, TACA provides grants through two Artistic Excellence Funds. The TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund supports the creation and performance of new works in Dallas, and the TACA Bowdon and Embrey Family Foundations Artist Residency Fund supports for the development of local artistic residency programs.


2016 TACA Grant Award Recipients


Musical Ensembles 

Chamber Music International - $5,000

Dallas Bach Society - $8,000

Dallas Chamber Music Society - $5,000

Fine Arts Chamber Players - $29,000

Orchestra of New Spain - $15,000

Sammons Center for the Arts - $11,000

Texas Winds Musical Outreach - $12,000

Tuesday Nite Jazz - $10,000

Voices of Change - $10,000


Symphonic Arts 

Dallas Chamber Symphony - $13,000

Dallas Symphony Orchestra - $100,000

Dallas Winds - $35,000

Lone Star Wind Orchestra - $13,000

Plano Symphony Orchestra - $10,000


Operatic Arts 

The Dallas Opera - $100,000


Choral Arts 

Arts District Chorale - $5,000

Orpheus Chamber Singers - $15,000

Plano Civic Chorus - $6,000

Vox Humana - $5,000 *



Avant Chamber Ballet - $12,500

Bruce Wood Dance Project - $15,000

Dallas Black Dance Theatre - $85,000

Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet - $5,000 *

Texas Ballet Theater - $70,000

TITAS - $65,000

Photo: Buddy Meyers
African American Repertory Theater received $12,500 from TACA


Theater Arts 

African American Repertory Theater - $12,500

Cara Mía Theatre Company - $15,000

Dallas Theater Center - $100,000

Echo Theatre - $12,000

Kitchen Dog Theater - $35,000

Lyric Stage - $30,000

Second Thought Theatre - $18,000

Shakespeare Dallas - $35,000

Teatro Dallas - $10,000

Theatre Three - $30,000

Undermain Theatre - $25,000

Uptown Players - $33,000

WaterTower Theatre - $40,000


Spoken Word 

WordSpace - $5,000


Youth Arts 

Big Thought - $15,000

Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas - $37,000

Dallas Children's Theater - $75,000

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra - $45,000

Junior Players - $38,000

Lone Star Circus Arts Center - $5,000


Collaborative Partners 

AT&T Performing Arts Center - $5,000

Nasher Sculpture Center - $10,000

SMU Meadows School of the Arts - $10,000


* Denotes a first-time recipient of TACA funding


About TACA (The Arts Community Alliance)

Established in 1967, TACA (The Arts Community Alliance) champions artistic excellence in North Texas performing arts organizations and encourages innovation, collaboration and engagement through financial support, stewardship and resources. Since its inception, TACA has distributed more than $24 million to emerging and established performing arts organizations with budgets from as little as $27,000 to as much as $30 million.

For more information about TACA, please call 214-520-3930 or visit Connect with TACA on Facebook at or on Instagram at @TACADallas. Thanks For Reading

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