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TACA's 2014 Grant Awards Marks Largest Distribution in TACA History at $1.3 Million

DALLAS, Texas — February 4, 2014 —Dallas' premier umbrella arts organization, TACA, distributed $1.3 million in grants to 46 diverse North Texas performing arts organizations. This is the largest grants distribution in TACA history. The grants were distributed on February 3 at the annual TACA Grant Awards Presentation, held at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre.

Rha Goddess, artist, writer, poet and social activist of Move The Crowd, was this year's special guest. Ms. Goddess is a cultural innovator and social entrepreneur who brings over two decades of transformational "crowd rocking" in the name of social change. Hailed extensively in rave industry re-views, her work has consistently received critical acclaim. She was the 2008 recipient of the National Museum of Voting Rights prestigious Freedom Flame Award and a 2009 recipient of the Herb Alpert Award's Hedgebrook Prize. In 2009 and 2012, Rha was part of a special delegation invited to the White House and also in 2009 served as a U.S. Cultural Envoy to Rwanda. Rha's latest venture, Move The Crowd is the nation's first entrepreneurial training company dedicated to helping the next generation "stay true, get paid and do good”.

"We are elated to have surpassed our fundraising goal for TACA's 2014 distribution," said Nancy Carlson, Chairman of TACA's Board of Directors. "Distributing the largest dollar amount in TACA history is a meaningful accomplishment and speaks to the commitment and support of so many individuals, companies and foundations that make it possible."

TACA's grants awarded this cycle will help support more than 5,000 performances that approximately 1.2 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.

2014 TACA Grant Award Recipients:

Avant Chamber Ballet
Arts District Chorale
Dallas Chamber Symphony
One Thirty Productions Matinee Series

Texas Winds Musical Outreach

Dallas Bach Society
Irving Chorale
Teatro Dallas

Big Thought AT&T Performing Arts Center
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
Sammons Center for the Arts
Voices of Change
Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Plano Symphony Orchestra
Lone Star Circus Arts Center

Cara Mia Theatre Company

Turtle Creek Chorale
Echo Theatre

African American Repertory Theater
Chamber Music International
Orchestra of New Spain

Uptown Players

Second Thought Theatre

Nasher Sculpture Center

Orpheus Chamber Singers

Bruce Wood Dance Project

Fine Arts Chamber Players

Undermain Theatre

Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas
Dallas Wind Symphony
Shakespeare Dallas
Theatre Three, Inc.

Junior Players

Kitchen Dog Theater
Lyric Stage
WaterTower Theatre

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra


Texas Ballet Theater

Dallas Children's Theater

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

The Dallas Opera
Dallas Theater Center