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DALLAS, Texas — North Texas’ premier arts fundraising organization, TACA, distributed $1.3 million to 47 North Texas arts organizations on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. The grant presentations took place at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre with more than 300 guests in attendance to show their support for Dallas’ arts community. This marks the eighth consecutive year that TACA has granted more than $1 million to local performing and visual arts.

The guest speaker, Patricia McGregor, has local ties which made her the ideal candidate to speak on North Texas’ arts community. McGregor is currently directing the world premiere of “Stagger Lee” at Dallas Theatre Center, a work developed partially with support from the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund. McGregor received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from SMU’s Division of Theatre in Meadows School of the Arts as a Presidential Scholar. She then received her Masters of Fine Arts in directing from the Yale School of Drama where she was a Paul and Daisy Soros fellow. Since leaving Yale, McGregor has worked in such prestigious venues as The Public Theatre, Signature Theatre, Lincoln Center, California Shakespeare Theatre and BAM.

Following McGregor’s remarks, Donna Wilhelm, the new Chairman of TACA’s Board of Directors, assisted with presenting the 2015 grants.

Additionally, Wilhelm provided the arts community with an exciting announcement: TACA has established a second artistic excellence fund to support artist residency programs in the Dallas community. The TACA Bowdon and Embrey Family Foundations Artist Residency Fund will provide an additional $100,000 per year in TACA funding for at least three years. The fund is supported by the Bowdon Family Foundation and the Embrey Family Foundation.

“We are honored to have this fund sit beside the Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund as TACA’s second artistic excellence grant fund,” said Lauren Embrey of the Embrey Family Foundation. “And we thank you all for the future great work that this fund will enable you to do for North Texas.”

A full list of TACA’s 2015 grant beneficiaries is below.


  • Avant Chamber Ballet: $15,000
  • Bruce Wood Dance Project: $25,000
  • Dallas Black Dance Theatre: $80,000
  • Texas Ballet Theater: $65,000
  • TITAS: $65,000

Youth Arts

  • Big Thought: $15,000
  • Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas: $35,000
  • Dallas Children’s Theater: $75,000
  • Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra: $44,000
  • Junior Players:$36,000
  • Lone Star Circus: $8,000

Musical Ensembles

  • Chamber Music International: $10,000
  • Dallas Bach Society: $8,000
  • Fine Arts Chamber Players: $27,000
  • Orchestra of New Spain: $17,000
  • Richardson Community Band: $5,000
  • Sammons Center for the Arts: $10,000
  • Texas Winds Musical Outreach: $10,000
  • Tuesday Nite Jazz: $5,000
  • Voices of Change: $10,000

Theater Arts

  • African American Repertory Theatre: $10,000
  • Cara Mia Theatre Company: $17,000
  • Dallas Theater Center: $100,000
  • Echo Theater: $15,000
  • Kitchen Dog Theater: $40,000
  • Lyric Stage: $45,000
  • Second Thought Theatre: $18,000
  • Shakespeare Dallas: $35,000
  • Teatro Dallas: $6,000
  • Theatre Three: $30,000
  • Uptown Players: $20,000
  • WaterTower Theatre: $40,000
  • Dallas Chamber Symphony: $10,000
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra: $105,000
  • Dallas Winds: $35,000
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra: $10,000
  • Plano Symphony Orchestra: $10,000
  • The Dallas Opera: $110,000

TACA’s Collaborative Partners

  • AT&T Performing Arts Center: $5,000
  • Dallas Museum of Art: $5,000
  • Nasher Sculpture Center: $5,000
  • SMU Meadows School of the Arts: $10,000

Spoken Word

  • WordSpac: $8,000

Choral Arts

  • Arts District Chorale: $5,000
  • Orpheus Chamber Singers: $21,000
  • Plano Civic Chorus: $5,000
  • Turtle Creek Chorale: $15,000