Regina Taylor spoke at the TACA Awards

TACA Gives $1.5M to Arts Groups

Regina Taylor inspired, Booker T. and Turtle Creek Chorale's Camerata entertained, and Blue Candlelight, Dark Circles and Cry Havoc received first-time grants.

published Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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Photo: TACA/Gary Donihoo
Students from Booker T. Washington HSPVA perform scenes from Regina Taylor\'s Magnolia


Dallas — On Monday night, TACA (The Arts Community Alliance) gave out $1.3 million in grants to 49 arts organizations, and another $200,000 will be announced later in the year for the Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund and the Bowdon and Embrey Family Foundations Artist Residency Fund. The total of $1.5 million equals the record amount set in 2016. The 49 grants were selected from 61 applicants, the most applications in TACA's 50 years.

New to the TACA funding this year were Blue Candlelight Music Series, Cry Havoc Theater Company and Dark Circles Contemporary Dance. Three other groups received funding for the first time in many years: The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Chamberlain Ballet and Soul Rep Theatre Company.

A committee of 50 dedicated TACA volunteers spent many hours the last 12 months attending performances, as well as evaluating grant applications. The distribution decisions are based on three primary criteria: artistic excellence, administrative and fiscal responsibility and community engagement.

Photo: TACA/Gary Donihoo
From left, Regina Taylor leads a panel discussion with Nycole Ray, David Cooper, Kimi Nikaidoh and Sally Nystuen Vahle

Regina Taylor, the Dallas-born award-winning playwright and actor, who now lives in Dallas again, gave an inspiring speech about her mother taking her to as many performances and museums as she could, often using free programs available. She followed that by moderating a panel discussion with four Dallas performing artists—Nycole Ray of Dallas Black Dance Theatre Encore!, David Cooper of Dallas Symphony (and newly appointed to the Berlin Philharmonic), Kimi Nikaidoh of Bruce Wood Dance Project and Sally Nystuen Vahle of DallasTheater Center—on what they love about Dallas and what needs improvement, and the moment they first realized they were an artist.

Students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts performed scenes from Taylor's play Magnolia, and Turtle Creek Chorale's a capella group Camerata performed. Then, it was the party and handing out the money.

Wolford McCue, TACA’s new Carlson president and executive director, said, “For the 10th consecutive year, TACA will distribute more than $1 million in grants to the performing arts community to help build a vibrant and culturally strong city. TACA’s grants will support about 3,000 performances and productions that more than one million people will attend.”

Below is a list of the organizations receiving money.


Grant Awards of $5,000-$10,000:

African-American Repertory Theater

Arts District Chorale

AT&T Performing Arts Center

Blue Candlelight Music Series

Chamber Music International

Chamberlain Ballet

Cry Havoc Theater Company

Dallas Bach Society

Dallas Chamber Music Society

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance

Echo Theatre

Nasher Sculpture Center

Photo: TACA/Gary Donihoo
Mara Richards Bim, right, founded Cry Havoc Theater Company, which received its first TACA grant

Plano Civic Chorus

Soul Rep Theatre Company

Teatro Hispano de Dallas

Voices of Change


Grant Awards of $10,001-$20,000:

Avant Chamber Ballet

Big Thought

Bruce Wood Dance Project

Cara Mia Theatre

Dallas Chamber Symphony

Lone Star Wind Orchestra

Orchestra of New Spain

Orpheus Chamber Singers

Plano Symphony Orchestra

Sammons Center for the Arts

Texas Winds Musical Outreach

Theatre Three

Turtle Creek Chorale

WaterTower Theatre


Grant Awards of $20,001-$50,000:

Photo: TACA/Gary Donihoo
Folks from WaterTower Theatre at the TACA reception

Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas

Dallas Winds

Fine Arts Chamber Players

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra

Junior Players Guild

Kitchen Dog Theater Company

Lyric Stage

Second Thought Theatre

Shakespeare Dallas

The Black Academy of Arts and Letters

Undermain Theatre

Uptown Players


Grant Awards of $50,001 -$95,000:

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Children's Theater

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Dallas Theater Center

Texas Ballet Theater

The Dallas Opera



About TACA:

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 $26 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


vickie washington writes:
Wednesday, January 11 at 9:27PM

Thanks TheaterJones! In November the BTWHSPVA Theatre Department was privileged to perform Regina Taylor's MAGNOLIA as part of our season. Ms. Taylor came to a rehearsal and spoke with our cast and crew. In addition she was able to attend a performance. To be asked to perform excerpts for the TACA Grant Awards Ceremony was truly an honor. Congrats to TACA on fifty years and to all the grant recipients.

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