To a bunch of the performing arts community, tonight was Christmas. TACA handed out $1M to 41 organi- zations at the Wyly for its annual grants distribution. Lucky TACA maven Becky Young was receiving more kisses and hugs than a newly crowned Miss America. And it might be added that many of the recipients clasped their hands in happiness over the envelopes with checks.
But before the $$ was handed out, former Dallas Theater Center/current California Shakespeare Theater standout Jon Moscone in his charming, theatrical way provided the keynote talk for such artsy types in attendance as Jaap van Zweden with pal Blaine Nelson at his side, Diane and Hal Brierley, Barbara and Don Daseke (they’re spending their very first night in their “teak home” north of 75225), Ango Wynne, Charlene Howell, Duncan Graham, Nancy Carlton, Kit and Kemp Sawers (he stole the show saying that the stroll from the back of the Wyly had provided more time for applause), Karol Olmer and a slew of people in the audience who make a MAJOR diff for performing arts.
Here’s who got what:
$5,000 — Arts District Chorale, Dallas Festival of Modern Music, ENVISO, Garland Summer Musicals, Irving Chorale, Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, One Thirty Productions Matinee Series, Project X and Turtle Creek Chorale
$6,000 — African-American Repertory Theater, Lone Star Wind Orchestra and Teatro Dallas
$7,000 — Dallas Chamber Music Society and Voices of Change
$8,000 — Cara Mia Theatre Company
$9,000 — Dallas Bach Society and Sammons Jazz
$10,000 — Orchestra of New Spain and Second Thought Theatre
$11,000 — Echo Theatre
$12,000 — Chamber Music International
$15,000 — Undermain Theatre
$16,000 — Uptown Players
$18,000 — Orpheus Chamber Singers and Fine Arts Chamber Players
$20,000 — Kitchen Dog Theater
$27,000 — Junior Players
$30,000 — Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, Shakespeare Dallas and TITAS
$34,000 — Dallas Wind Symphony
$35,000 –Lyric Stage and Theatre Three
$36,000 — Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
$40,000 — Texas Ballet Theater and WaterTower Theatre
$60,000 — Dallas Black Dance Theatre
$70,000 — Dallas Children’s Theater
$100,000 — Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Theater Center
Another highpoint was the announcement of a “new grants opportunity.” The TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund will provide up to $200,000 to “support the creation of a new work.”
According to Donna Wilhelm, “I believe that Dallas is on the cusp of a remarkable renaissance and that the arts will play an important role. When we move the arts forward, we move Dallas forward, too.
“In the world of art, I envision new work as the metaphorical equivalent of the foundation of youth,” she said. “New Work puts forth new ideas, inspires innovation and leads to new ways of thinking and living.”
Kicking in $100,000 for the three-year project are TACA directors Shannon Brame, Diane and Hal Brierley, Marsha Cameron and Michael Halloran, Nita Clark, Lauren Embrey, Nicholas Even, Tara Lewis, Wolford McCue, Jim Nugent, Karol Omlor and Zannie Giraud Voss.
This was a giant evening for TACA and the 41 recipients of the hard work, cork pulls and efforts by the TACA volunteers and staff. A simple bravo, and a contribution to TACA for 2012 efforts, will do nicely.