TACA Expanding Funding to
Visual, Social Impact Arts

The new initiatives are aimed to broaden the types of arts organizations funded through The Arts Community Alliance.


The Arts Community Alliance is looking to widen the types of arts groups it serves and further growth in North Texas’ creative community.

The 50-year-old arts funder announced Monday it’s rolling out new initiatives to expand its reach in the area including funding nonprofit visual arts organizations for the first time.

Criteria for the visual arts funding will be released later this year. Applications will be due no later than Feb. 1, 2018, with initial grants to be given in January 2019. 

“TACA is deeply committed to an expansive arts vibrancy in North Texas.” 

Donna Wilhelm

TACA also wants to focus on fostering social impact through the arts in areas such as education for underserved communities, cultural and racial equality, and social change capacity building, according to a release. 

To boost the North Texas arts ecosystem, it’s working on a multi-year effort to attract more artists and arts organizations to the area and encourage the launch of new groups.

“TACA is deeply committed to an expansive arts vibrancy in North Texas,” said TACA board chair Donna Wilhelm.

In an interview with Dallas Innovates in December, TACA president and director Wolford McCue said funding and staff shortages are some of the biggest challenges that plague arts groups. 

“If we want to have a vibrant arts market, we need to attract and retain arts performers and production talent. Right now, we don’t have the full complement of tools in place to do that,” he said. 

Read more here on his suggestions to combat those challenges. 

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