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TACA Gives Out Record $1.3 Million in Grants to North Texas Performing Arts Organizations in 2013

DALLAS, Texas — January 29, 2013 —Dallas' premier umbrella arts organization, TACA, had a banner year fundraising in 2012, allowing the organization to distribute $1.3 million to diverse and deserving North Texas performing arts organizations. Of that amount, $1.2 million was distributed on January 28 at the TACA Grant Awards Presentation, presented by Bank of Texas, at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. Hosting the event was the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

The additional $100,000 will be distributed later this year in June as part of the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund. This fund is intended to particularly encourage the creation of innovative and experimental work. Awards will be available to organizations that have otherwise qualified as TACA beneficiaries through TACA's annual general operating and project grants funding process.

"Bravo to all those who supported TACA, who attended one of our events, who support the performing arts by attending a play, a performance, a musical and more," said Nancy Carlson, Chair of TACA's Board of Directors. "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."

In 2013, TACA's grants awarded will help support more than 5,073 performances that approximately 1.4 million people will attend. Ranging from $5,000 to $110,000, 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.

New organizations being funded this year are AT&T Performing Arts Center, Bruce Wood Dance Project, Lone Star Circus Arts Center, Nasher Sculpture Center, New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, and Plano Symphony Orchestra.

2013 TACA Grant Award Recipients:

New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving
One Thirty Productions Matinee Series

Plano Symphony Orchestra
Sammons Center for the Arts

Irving Chorale
Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Teatro Dallas

AT&T Performing Arts Center
Dallas Bach Society
Dallas Museum of Art
Lone Star Circus Arts Center
Meadows School of the Arts, SMU
Nasher Sculpture Center
Uptown Players
Voices of Change

Cara Mia Theatre Company
Chamber Music International
Echo Theatre
Orchestra of New Spain
Turtle Creek Chorale

African American Repertory Theater

Bruce Wood Dance Project
Second Thought Theatre

Orpheus Chamber Singers

Fine Arts Chamber Players

Undermain Theatre

Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas

Junior Players

Dallas Wind Symphony
Shakespeare Dallas
Theatre Three, Inc.

Kitchen Dog Theater
Lyric Stage
WaterTower Theatre

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra

Texas Ballet Theater

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Children's Theater

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Theater Center

Dallas Opera

Rebecca Young, president and executive director of TACA, added, "We want to thank all of our supporters and sponsors this year. A special thanks to the Communities Foundation of Texas for its generous gift of $100,000 and to our Gala Chairmen, Jacquelin and Phillip Taylor and Nicholas Even, who exceeded their fundraising goal by 45%."

A special thanks to the sponsors and supporters, especially ALON USA, Communities Foundation of Texas, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Diane and Harold Brierley, Nancy and Clint Carlson, Ann and Lee Hobson, Lexus, RBC Wealth Management, RBMM, Peggy and Carl Sewell, Sewell Automotive Companies.