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TACA's Grant Awards Presentation Marks
Fifth Year for TACA to Distribute $1 Million to
North Texas Performing Arts Organizations

DALLAS, Texas, January 31, 2012 — Dallas' premier umbrella arts organization, TACA, distributed a fifth consecutive $1 million in grants to 41 diverse and deserving North Texas performing arts organizations. The grants were distributed on January 30 at the annual TACA Grant Awards Presentation, held at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre.

Jonathan Moscone, Artistic Director of California Shakespeare Theater and former Artistic Associate of the Dallas Theater Center is this year's special guest. Mr. Moscone was awarded the inaugural Zelda Fichandler Award by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation in 2009 for "transforming the American theatre through his unique and creative work." When he was Associate Director for the Dallas Theater Center from 1993 to 1999, his credits include the Leon Rabin Award-wining production of How I learned To Drive, An Ideal Husband, Dancing at Lughnasa and several productions of A Christmas Carol that he co-adapted especially for the DTC.

"We are so pleased to have met our goal," said Andrew Teller, Jr., Chairman of TACA's Board of Directors and Sr. Managing Partner, RBC Wealth Management. "This accomplishment is indicative of the extraordinary commitment the many individuals, companies and foundations have toward our performing arts community."

"Hitting the $1 million mark five years running demonstrates that TACA and its supporters remain steadfast to the mission of sustaining a vibrant performing arts community for North Texas," Teller continued.

TACA's grants awarded this cycle will help support more than 4,874 performances that approximately 1.2 million people will attend. Ranging from $5,000 to $100,000, TACA grants are being awarded to a varied group of North Texas' performing arts organizations, from the very large and established to the newly emerging.

Also on this occasion, TACA announced a new grants opportunity, the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund, which will make available up to $100,000 annually for three years, beginning this year, to support the creation of new work.

"I believe that Dallas is on the cusp of a remarkable renaissance and that the arts will play an important role," noted Donna Wilhelm. "When we move the arts forward, we move Dallas forward, too."

"In the world of art," Wilhelm continued, " I envision new work as the metaphorical equivalent of the fountain of youth. New work puts forth new ideas, inspires innovation, and leads to new ways of thinking and living."

Performing arts organizations who received TACA grants this funding cycle will be eligible to apply for a grant from the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund. Applications will be available February 10th.

2012 TACA Grant Award Recipients:

Arts District Chorale
Dallas Festival of Modern Music
Garland Summer Musicals
Irving Chorale
Meadows School of the Arts, SMU
One Thirty Productions Matinee Series
Project X
Turtle Creek Chorale

African-American Repertory Theater
Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Teatro Dallas

Dallas Chamber Music Society
Voices of Change

Cara Mia Theatre Company

Dallas Bach Society
Sammons Jazz

Orchestra of New Spain Second Thought Theatre

Echo Theatre

Chamber Music International

Undermain Theatre

Uptown Players

Orpheus Chamber Singers Fine Arts Chamber Players

Kitchen Dog Theater

Junior Players

Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas
Shakespeare Dallas

TITAS $34,000
Dallas Wind Symphony

Lyric Stage
Theatre Three

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra

Texas Ballet Theater
WaterTower Theatre

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Children's Theater

Dallas Opera
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Theater Center