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Arts & Culture

North Texas is fortunate to have a thriving arts community including theater, music, dance, museums and other cultural organizations.

A 2015 economic impact study commissioned by the Business Council for the Arts found that North Texas arts and cultural organizations provided more than 13.9 million audience opportunities annually, contributing $473 million to the economy. The overall economic impact of arts and culture organizations in North Texas more than tripled between the previously published study in 2012 and the current study‚ from $428,512,328 to $1,473,366,015.

The study also found that the nonprofit arts and culture sector in North Texas equated to 52,848 FTE jobs supported, translating into $1.3 billion in annual salaries. (Source:

Below you can find information about arts and culture nonprofits in North Texas and projects that you can help fund.

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Amphibian Stage Productions seeks to produce innovative and engaging theater that inspires new ideas and increases understanding of the world around us. Core programs include Main Stage Plays that explore the human condition; De-Cruit Workshops for Military Veterans that combine Shakespeare and science to help veterans manage the effects of PTS; and Tad-Poles stllt dance workshops that give students the confidence to WALK TALL! They have worked with top names in entertainment, including SNL's Melissa Villaseñor, Baron Vaughn of Grace and Frankie, and many others. Funds are needed to support general operations, De-Cruit workshops for veterans at Green Bay Jail, and Stilt Dance class scholarships.

Art House Dallas works to cultivate creativity for the common good through programs, curated events, community partnerships, and artist care. Art House Dallas' core programs include monthly artist groups for visual artists and writers, curated small group dinners and community gatherings, artist deployments with partner organizations to bring the arts to underserved communities, as well as a leadership formation cohort. In 2019, Art House Dallas hosted 73 gatherings serving over 1,300 attendees in partnership with 16 community partners. Funds are requested to support their deploy program sending artists into underserved communities, their monthly groups, and their leader formation cohort.

Artes de la Rosa is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and interpreting the art, culture, lives, and history of the Latin community for all to enjoy. Core programs include: 1) Artes Academy, program working with at-risk students in building and cultivating life skills, student character development, emotional intelligence and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics initiatives; and 2) the Arts & Culture Program, through multidisciplinary arts. In 2018, Artes Academy served over 170 students, and they added a technology class and the Arts & Cultural programming served over 12,000 individuals. Funds are requested to support Artes Academy and Arts & Cultural programming expansion for the community.

Astraios Chamber Music uses interactive programming to introduce people of all backgrounds and experiences to classical music. Astraios presents a professional chamber music concert series, elementary school programming, and outreach concerts to memory care facilities. Astraios has presented 106 concerts since their founding and reaches audiences from 27 zip codes across the DFW metroplex. Funds are needed to expand their elementary school and memory care programs.

Avant Chamber Ballet seeks to bring exceptional live dance and chamber music together for audiences in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Core programs include a subscription performance series at Moody Performance Hall with live music, the free performances of Family Saturdays, and outreach performances throughout the city focusing on south and west Dallas. In 2019 through Family Saturdays and outreach performances, ACB will introduce over 2,000 Dallas children and families to the performing arts. Funds are needed to increase the number of outreach performances and classes in south Dallas with the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Bishop Arts Theatre Center's (BATC) mission is to cultivate a diverse and vibrant arts community while creating opportunities for local and emerging artists. BATC produces a full season of theater, jazz concerts, speaker series, and year-round arts education programs for children and seniors. BATC also offers an eight week summer theater camp for 6-12 year olds to work with master teaching artists in music, art, dance, theatre, and life skills classes. BATC recently celebrated their 25th Anniversary, received the 2019 TCG Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, and developed a new program for the aging community. Funds are needed to support their eight week summer theater camp, their Silver Stories program for the aging community, and general operating costs.

Bruce Wood Dance's (BWD's) mission is to present high-caliber, original, contemporary choreography that harnesses the power of dance as a tool for entertainment, enrichment, and healing. BWD produces and licenses its repertoire, commissions new works, provides outreach to under-resourced populations, and contributes to enriching the quality of life in north Texas. Core programs include mainstage productions providing employment for professional Dallas dancers. Celebrating 10 Years in 2019, BWD was voted Best Dance Company by D Magazine, reached 14,000 individuals, and will perform at NYC’s Joyce Theater in January 2020. Funding is requested for operating costs to produce shows, create meaningful new works, pay dancers, and provide outreach to under-served communities.

The mission of Business Council for the Arts is to create strong business/arts partnerships that build world-class communities where people want to live, work and grow. Core programs include: 1) the Leadership Arts Institute (LAI), providing training in leadership, nonprofit board best practices, and current issues affecting cultural institutions in North Texas; and 2) On My Own Time (OMOT), a regional art competition showcasing the talent/creativity of North Texas business professionals. 2018's LAI class raised $35,000 for the Moody Breast Center at Parkland and 94% of OMOT participants reported increased employee engagement at work. Funding is requested to increase LAI scholarship opportunities, boost non-profit board diversification and provide professional printing services for OMOT.

Cara Mía Theatre (CMTC) uplifts the community through transformative Latinx theatre, multicultural youth arts experiences and community action. CMTC produces 4-5 productions each year, a reading series, community outreach and more. Annually, they serve over 30,000 people, and in the past five and a half years, their budget has grown 288%. Funds are requested to support general operating costs to support staff and produce plays, the cost to support the summer camp, and for bilingual touring shows in communities.

The Creative Arts Center of Dallas' (CAC) mission is to nurture a community where people discover, develop and express their artistic vision. Core programs include more than 500 classes in ceramics, clay sculpture, drawing, blown and fused glass, jewelry, metal sculpture, mixed media, mosaic, painting, photography, printmaking and stone sculpture. Core outreach programs include Camp MetalHead, ArtAbility, and Art as a Second Language. CAC's classes served over 1,600 students in 2018 and outreach programs reached over 14,000 individuals. Instructors include nationally known artists. Funding will support outreach programs serving low-income, at-risk youth and adults with intellectually and/or physical disabilities.

Cry Havoc Theater Company (CHTC) makes provocative theatre with young people and, in doing so, challenges audience expectations of what youth theatre can be. CHTC’s main program is a season of new works devised with teens. The process acts as a training program that teaches teens the art of devising theatre and compensates them for their work. The program also creates civic dialogue with audiences and youth around the hot-button topics explored onstage. Successes include local and national awards and sharing new plays with 3,000 community members in the 18-19 season. Funds are needed to support making the artistic director a full-time employee (currently part-time) and other general operating costs.

Dallas Bach Society’s mission since 1982 is to present world-class, historically-informed performances of Baroque music to sold-out diverse audiences. Core program in their Concert Series, which performs 6 Baroque Music Concerts with orchestra, vocalists, and chorus on original instruments. Additionally, Dallas Back Society’ performs Chamber Music House concerts, and Baroque Breakout, a series of masterclasses and performances for and with three targeted high schools in diverse areas. In the past year, Dallas Bach Society has reached a new record attendance at Messiah at the Meyerson Symphony Center and expanded outreach to the Scottish Rite Hospital. Funding will support artist fees for local Baroque performing artists, increasing Complimentary Community Concerts, and increasing the salary of the executive director.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre's (DBDT) mission is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence. DBDT bridges cultures and engages the community through captivating and inclusive concert performances (including a Dallas Home Season), over 150 education/outreach programs at schools/universities, social service agencies, and recreational facilities, and expert dance training for 550 youth/adults. As Dallas’ largest professional dance company, DBDT's five ensembles served 100,000 worldwide with an unprecedented five sold-out series last year. Funding will support production costs for DBDT’s 43rd Season performances, education/outreach activities, and subsidized Academy tuition.

The Dallas Chamber Music Society's (DCMS) mission is to cultivate a diverse, sustainable audience for great chamber music in North Texas. Core activities include presenting world-class ensembles, commissioning new works, and creating educational experiences for music lovers of all ages and backgrounds. The DCMS hired a full-time Executive Director (previously a part-time position) and increased concert attendance by 20% in its 2018-2019 season. Funds are needed to support general operating expenses as well as artistic expenses for bringing to Dallas some of the world's best chamber ensembles.

The mission of Dallas Children's Theater (DCT) is to inspire young people to creative and productive lives through the art of theater. Core programs are mainstage performances (8 to 10 each year) that present stories for students, children, and families and are accompanied by curriculum-based study guides; and our arts-in-education classes that teach theater skills to children age 3-18, including those with sensory sensitivities. Major wins include receiving full national funding for production about a transgender teen; completing a strategic plan, and securing donor commitments to retire building debt. Funding would enable DCT to continue to provide performances and classes for the benefit of children with sensory sensitivities and their families.

The Dallas Museum of Art is a space of wonder and discovery where art comes alive. Core programs include a robust annual exhibition schedule offering innovative, engaging presentations for visitors; education and outreach programs that foster mutual understanding through unique art experiences; and pursuit of scholarly research, interpretation, and stewardship of the collection. In FY19, DMA had 766,331 visitors, 203,760 participants in education programs, and ‘Awards to Artists’ grants totaling $33,600 to 13 artists. Funds are needed to support Free General Admission, Community Engagement Programs, and the 'Creating the American West' exhibition.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra's (DSO) mission is to inspire and change lives through musical excellence. The DSO inspires the community with distinctive classical programs, inventive pops concerts and innovative multi-media presentations while reaching more than 230,000 adults and children through performances, far-reaching education programs and community outreach initiatives. Key successes over the last year include Revitalize the Orchestra, launching of the Southern Dallas Residency, and developing a Women in Classical Music program. Funding is needed to provide free instruments and music education to students in Southern Dallas.

Deep Vellum Publishing's (DVP) mission is to bring the world into conversation through literature. They do this by organizing literary discussions and book presentations for authors and translators to meet readers directly in the Dallas area and beyond. DVP also publishes outstanding literature from around the world in fiction, poetry, & nonfiction and advocate for literature as a vital part of the arts and education landscape. In 2018 they published 12 brand new literary books, received their first grants from City of Dallas & State of Texas, and expanded mission to publish local writers. Funds are needed to expand their local programming into more venues to deepen our community impact and publish more visionary books.

Fort Worth Opera seeks to educate, entertain, and expand the horizons of current and future audiences and artists through variety and artistic integrity. Core programs include their Annual opera festival which presents classic and contemporary works; Noches de Opera, a rich, cultural celebration featuring contemporary, Spanish-language operas; and Education program which presents in-school performances of children's opera for under-served students and individuals with special needs. They served 25,000+ individuals during the 2018-19 season, 28,000+ students through education programs, and introduced Relaxed Performances. Funds are needed to support general operations, Festival programming, Education programming, and Relaxed Performances.

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra’s(GDYO) mission is to inspire and cultivate excellence in youth through music education, ensemble building, and performance opportunities. Core programs include nine ensembles of various instrumentation and skill-set, along with two jazz ensembles. Their ensembles rehearse weekly and have up to four annual concerts. GDYO also provides a capacity-building program to DISD schools through a myriad of resources from supplies to teacher training. In the past year, GDYO has increased UIL test scores by DISD orchestras, served over 2,000 students, and toured Italy with the GDYO Wind Symphony. Funding will support orchestra programming in the Dallas ISD, scholarships for under-resourced youth and free performances for area nonprofits.

Heritage Farmstead Museum (HFM's) is a dynamic history education resource and historic farm site connecting all people to rural life experiences. Core programs include school field trips, tours and exhibits for all ages exploring rural life on the Blackland Prairie; preservation/restoration of a 4-acre farm site, historic house and 15 original structures built in 1891; community events that connect all people to rural life experiences. HFM served over 30,000 visitors in 2018, 30% of our visitors are school-age children, completed master plan and future vision for the site. Funds will support general operating costs for our Blackland Prairie tours/exhibits, capital campaign, and expansion of our museum collection area.

The mission of the Irving Symphony is to provide musical & educational programs creating a climate in which it will flourish in a fiscally sound manner. Core programs include six formal classical full orchestral concert performances with the guest artist featured, the Concerts4Kids programs which offer four free orchestral concert performances for approximately 5,000 students to attend, and the Healing Notes/Bats n’ Bass Programs which perform for special needs kids and medical use. In the past year, the Irving Symphony has expanded the Healing Notes program by 200%, increased diversity in concert attendance by 9%, and increased exposure through TV and Radio relationships. Funding will support alternative concert venues within the community, new Healing Notes partnerships for patient therapies and acquiring a broader variety of guest artist performers.

Junior Players encourages intellectual growth, mental well-being and life skills development in youth through mentoring creative expression in dramatic and art activities. Core programs include: Discover Theater Summer Camps, Discover Ourselves Fine Arts Classes, Cultural Equity Workshop Series & Student Council, JPTV Challenges & Champions, Discover Musical Theater Teen Production, PUP Fest, Discover Shakespeare Teen Production, Discover Dance Teen Production and Residency. Junior Players provides 5,000 hours of free arts education to 15,000 students annually, increasing their self-confidence and communication skills. Funding will directly supply the operational and programmatic support that enables students to experience free high-quality arts education.

Kitchen Dog Theater aims to provide a place where questions of justice, morality, and human freedom can be explored. Core programs include a mainstage season of 4-5 productions and an annual New Works Festival, the Dallas Playwriting Arts Collective which is a free in-school and summer education program for teens in playwriting, and Admit:ALL - an innovative accessibility program which provides 20 free tickets to every performance. In the last 5 years, Kitchen Dog Theater has increased its budget by 36%. Additionally, Kitchen Dog Theater raised 55% of a $3 million capital campaign for a new home and purchased a building to serve as a permanent home. Funding will support general operating costs, underwriting of Admit:ALL, and the capital campaign to complete renovations to their new building.

Levitt Pavilion Arlington’s mission is to provide 50 free, culturally diverse concerts annually that enrich family values and build community spirit through the arts. Levitt Pavilion Arlington’s core program is a concert season of more than 50 free concerts with culturally diverse, original artists that make the arts accessible for everyone to enjoy. In addition, Levitt Pavilion Arlington provides free Family Movie Nights during the summer with family-friendly movies on the lawn. Their concerts attract an average of 100,000 people every concert season, with a majority of people who could not enjoy the arts if they had to purchase tickets. Funding will support paying professional artists’ fees for more than 50 free concerts available to everyone.

Make Art with Purpose (MAP) produces arts and design projects that promote equity and inclusion and address social and environmental concerns throughout the globe. Core programs include arts education programs that result in public art and other professional output, collaborative interdisciplinary projects that address social and environmental concerns, publications of community stories and art, and photography and design that address social and racial injustice. In the past year, Make Art with Purpose produced a year-long arts education program at CityLab High School resulting in a monumental mural, three publications, and over 3,000 people served. Funding will support programs that address mental health, the production of MAP Radio Hour, and general administrative costs.

Media Projects’ mission is to produce and distribute films that personalize complex issues that profoundly affect people and lead to social change. Core programs include producing films, conducting a college internship program, and facilitating an outreach and distribution program to schools, libraries, and community groups. In the past year, Media Projects, Inc. has screened THE MONSTER AMONG US, A REASON TO LIVE, and WAGING PEACE: The Peace Corps Experience. Funding will support In Her Shoes outreach, and completing THE BATTLE FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, a film about the effects of gentrification on Dallas neighborhoods.

New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving offers high-quality orchestral performances to the community at affordable prices and challenges local musicians to their utmost abilities. Core programs include "Sundays at the Symphony" (Sunday afternoon concerts at Irving Arts Center October-May), "First Tickets," a partnership with Irving schools to introduce sixth-grade students and families to an orchestra through special rehearsals and concert passes. In 2018-19 they attracted their largest audience ever to their concert at SOLUNA (almost 700), commissioned an original ballet and exceeded an $8,000 Giving Day goal. Funds are needed to support a sixth concert each season. Under our current budget, we can afford five every season, and a sixth in alternate years.

North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA) develops the character of youth through quality performing arts education and family entertainment. Core programs include a year-round arts education program for ages 3-18, major productions featuring the best of Broadway musicals and non-musicals, Starcatcher Therapeutic Arts for youth and adults with special needs, NTPA Repertory (adult actors), Page to Stage school performances, NTPA Academy, and NTPA Dance. In the past year, NTPA has trained over 7,000 youth, awarded $350,000 in scholarships/discounts, and won the “2019 Non Profit of the Year” Award from For the Love of Art Funding Needs. Funding will support underwriting program costs which allow NTPA to award scholarships to underserved youth and underwriting free workshops.

KERA's mission is to serve North Texans through public television, radio and multimedia resources that educate, engage, inspire, inform and entertain. Core programs include "One Crisis Away", a radio project that puts a human face on the financial struggles of North Texans; Children's educational television each weekday; and "Think", a national call-in radio program, hosted by acclaimed journalist Krys Boyd and produced by KERA. Each week, more than 2.6 million people connect with KERA through their television and radio broadcast channels, websites, social media and mobile apps. Funding will support independent, unbiased journalism; educational television programming for children; and general operations of KERA.

The Orpheus Chamber Singers, Inc. assembles the finest professional adult mixed choir across North Texas to enrich others through live performances. The Orpheus Chamber Singers produce live performances and recordings of the choral canon from the Renaissance through today and serves the community through charitable outreach and educational activities. Orpheus is celebrating its 25th anniversary during the 2019-2020 season. Funding will support general performance operation costs and expanding their education outreach programming.

Bass Hall is home to major Fort Worth performing arts organizations and a premier venue for other attractions and arts education in North Texas. Bass Hall provides high-quality performing arts year-round, from its resident companies to award-winning national touring Broadway productions under its Broadway at the Bass banner. The Hall also promotes excellence in arts education through its Children’s Education Program (CEP). In 2018-19, Bass Hall served 300,000+ individuals, and CEP provided 40 student performances, 4 summer camps, and masterclasses for 67,500 students. Funds will support the CEP, bringing 70,000 students/teachers from Fort Worth and North Texas to Bass Hall at no cost for arts education experiences.

The Plano Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO) mission is to inspire, educate, entertain, and involve children, youth, and adults of our community in the enjoyment of great music. The PSO’s core programs include eight concerts annually, four Family Concert Sunday Series, ten education concerts for 4th and 5th graders, as well as many engagements of their music-therapy program for seniors, Healing Noters, and outreach performances in the community. In the past year, PSO served 190,000 patrons including 14,000 children, purchased its own building, and complete diversity and inclusion leadership training. Funding will support general operating costs for their concert series and expansion of their education programs for children, teens, and seniors.

The Sammons Center grows the arts by providing support uniquely focused on the needs of local performing artists, arts groups, and education. Core programs include providing low-cost office, rehearsal, performance, meeting space, and administrative resources to small and midsize performing arts nonprofits. Additionally, the Sammons Center provides professional development resources and training to help arts nonprofits grow and thrive as organizations. 74,000 people experienced arts/culture at the Center in 2018. The Sammons Center is home to 14 groups and rent space to over 90 other arts groups year-round. Funding will support "Art-Works", a professional development program for arts professionals and maintenance of their 110-year-old historic building.

Shakespeare Dallas' mission is to make theatre, in-school education programs, & cultural enrichment accessible for people of all ages and backgrounds. Core programs include Shakespeare in the Park, an annual event that makes theatre accessible for all; indoor Winter Season, returning for its 2nd year in January 2020 at the Arts District with a production of Pride & Prejudice; Shakespeare on the Go! (SOTG!) an in-school touring educational program. Shakespeare Dallas had nearly 30,000 patrons attend its main stage shows; distributed 8,000 free tickets; and served 12,000 students through SOTG!. Funding will support local actors and artists, enhancing the Park experience for patrons of all ages, and providing free SOTG! programs to students.

The Meadows Museum advances knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the arts and culture of Spain through collection and interpretation. Core programs include Connections, a program for adults with dementia and their caregivers; K12 tours, which bring art alive for students through discussion and inquiry; and Family Day, which offers children of all abilities the opportunity to experience the Meadows Museum with their families. The Meadows Museum served 6,234 K12 students, 500 children and caregivers through Family Days, and 507 adults with dementia and their caregivers. Funding will support general operating costs and supply costs of Connections, Field Trip Scholarships, and Family Day at the Meadows Museum.

Symphony Arlington's mission is to provide Arlington, Texas with quality professional performances of the symphonic repertoire, while operating on a sound financial plan. Symphony Arlington plays a subscription season of eight concerts annually at Arlington Music Hall. Outreach efforts include Young People’s Concerts for elementary school students, KidsNotes for preschoolers, and Informances for civic clubs, seniors’ groups, and professional organizations. In 2018, they 1) celebrated their 20th Anniversary Season; and 2) hired a new general manager; and 3) had performers from 19 nations. Funds are needed to support hiring a marketing director, obtaining a new conductor's podium, and purchasing a nine foot Steinway concert grand piano.

Texas Ballet Theater creates, presents and tours world-class ballet, and promotes its appreciation, accessibility, and technical mastery for all. Texas Ballet Theater’s core programs include performances at AT&T Performing Arts Center and Bass Performance Hall; community enrichment programs, including CityDance, a free, after school art education program; and Texas Ballet Theater School, a ballet training school with multiple campuses. In 2018, TBT served more than 100,000 individuals, delivered art programs to 1,129 students in 43 Title I schools, and trained more than 650 in TBT Schools. Funds are requested to support Company performances, community enrichment programs, and scholarships for students wanting to train at TBT School.

The Artist Outreach, Inc. works to change the educational, emotional, and financial futures of those served through creative arts programs that they provide. The Artist Outreach’s core program consists of STREAMliners programming which provides services to schools as a supplemental education through an arts-integrated academic method, which has a strong emphasis on imaginative and playful techniques, and their Healing in Motion program which shows adults creativity through everyday tasks, such as culinary and nutrition. In the past year, 97% of Song Creation participants saw the connection between Music/Math, 87% of their Geo-Dance program saw the connection between Dance and Math, and the Artist Outreach expanded their programs. Funding will support the general operating costs of Arts-Integrated Education for low-income children.

It is the mission of the Cliburn to advance classical music around the world. Core programs include the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition, the Cliburn Concert series, and education and outreach programs that include Cliburn in the Classroom. In the past year, the 2019 Junior Competition in Dallas was a massive success, the Cliburn reached over 57,000 children with education programs, and increased concert attendance. Funding will support the 2020 Amateur Competition, hosted May 24-30, 2019-2020 school year education programs in DISD, and the Cliburn Concerts Series.

The Dallas Opera (TDO) produces world-class, mainstage, and family operas and is committed to extensive community engagement and arts education. In addition to mainstage programming, core programs include an Educational Series, six free to low-cost programs for students and teachers grades 3-college; the Hart Institute for Women Conductors, a 2-week residency for mid-career female conductors; and community events throughout North Texas. TDO engaged 77,499 people during the 2018-19 season, including over 28,000 students and teachers who participated in TDO education programs. Funding will support general operating costs for mainstage and family operas, education programs, and community engagement events across North Texas.

The Writer's Garret connects readers, writers, and literature lovers from across the community through the power of language. The Writer's Garret provides classes, workshops, and residencies to Dallas and its surrounding communities via 1 of 3 categories: Writers In Neighborhoods & Schools (for youth), Write To Heal (with health & human service organizations), or general support for the literary community. The Writer’s Garret won the 2018 Dallas City of Learning Community Engagement Award in Fine Arts, is a 20-time National Education Association grant recipient and served approximately 3,400 individuals in 2018-19. Funding will support general operating costs, building capacity in marketing and project management, and overall marketing efforts.

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