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TACA Distributes $1.3 Million to Local Performing Arts Community at 2016 Grant Awards

Parisa Khobdeh, Nationally-Renowned Dancer with Local Roots, Served as Grant Awards Guest Speaker

DALLAS, Texas — On Monday, January 25, 2016, TACA distributed grants ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 to forty-eight local performing arts organizations and programs at the annual TACA Grant Awards Presentation. The event, sponsored by Bank of Texas, took place at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre with more than 250 local arts managers, patrons, and volunteers in attendance. In total, TACA provided $1.3 million to organizations representing various budget sizes and artistic genres, including theater, music, dance, and spoken word.

Parisa Khobdeh, Plano-native and Dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York, served as the 2016 Grant Awards Guest Artist-Speaker. Ms. Khobdeh is a graduate of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. Over the course of her career, she has worked with many notable choreographers and has lent her talents to benefit human rights organizations.

"For the ninth consecutive year, we are proud to provide more than $1 million in grants to the arts community," said Becky Young, Carlson President and Executive Director of TACA. "We are so fortunate to have such a vibrant local arts community. The Grant Awards Presentation is our opportunity to celebrate what local arts leaders and supporters accomplish each year."

TACA’s distinct granting process is driven by community volunteers, including local business and civic leaders and performing arts experts and enthusiasts. Each year, approximately forty volunteers of varying ages and backgrounds attend performances, review grant applications, and allocate funding based on artistic merit, community impact, and organizational health.

In additional to general operating support, TACA provides grants through two Artistic Excellence Funds. The TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund supports the creation and performance of new works in Dallas, and the TACA Bowdon and Embrey Family Foundations Artist Residency Fund supports for the development of local artistic residency programs.


Avant Chamber Ballet
Bruce Wood Dance Project
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet
Texas Ballet Theater

Youth Arts

Big Thought
Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas
Dallas Children's Theater
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
Junior Players
Lone Star Circus Arts Center

Musical Ensembles

Chamber Music International
Dallas Bach Society
Dallas Chamber Music Society
Fine Arts Chamber Players
Orchestra of New Spain
Sammons Center for the Arts
Texas Winds Musical Outreach
Tuesday Nite Jazz
Voices of Change

Symphonic Arts

Dallas Chamber Symphony
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Winds
Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Plano Symphony Orchestra

Operatic Arts

The Dallas Opera

Theater Arts

African American Repertory Theater
Cara Mía Theatre Company
Dallas Theater Center
Echo Theatre
Kitchen Dog Theater
Lyric Stage
Second Thought Theatre
Shakespeare Dallas
Teatro Dallas
Theatre Three
Undermain Theatre
Uptown Players
WaterTower Theatre

Collaborative Partners

AT&T Performing Arts Center
Nasher Sculpture Center
SMU Meadows School of the Arts

Spoken Word


Choral Arts

Arts District Chorale
Orpheus Chamber Singers
Plano Civic Chorus
Vox Humana