Three DFW-based Nonprofits Awarded Texas Women for the Arts Grants

The local grant recipients include The Bishop Arts Theatre Center and Swan Strings in Dallas and the Thank You Darlin' Foundation in Fort Worth. They were among organizations that were awarded more than $319,000 in grants supporting arts education for children.

Three Dallas-Fort Worth nonprofit organizations are among those statewide who were awarded more than $319,000 in grants from Texas Women for the Arts, a program of the arts advocacy nonprofit Texas Cultural Trust.

The DFW organizations are Bishop Arts Theatre Center and Swan Strings in Dallas and Thank You Darlin’ Foundation in Fort Worth.

“These grants provide impactful support for the arts in Texas, ensuring that children have access to the arts and quality arts education regardless of potential barriers,” Heidi Marquez Smith, CEO of the Texas Cultural Trust, said in a statement. “We congratulate this year’s grantees and thank our TWA members for their unwavering and invaluable support in nurturing the next generation of Texans.”

Texas Women for the Arts is composed of more than 220 arts philanthropists, leaders, and changemakers who raise funds with the goal of increasing access to the arts and arts education for all Texas children.

Each year, TWA members select which arts organizations their private dollars support.

$4.3M in donations since TWA’s founding

Since its founding in 2005, TWA has awarded 403 grants to arts initiatives across the state, totaling over $4.3 million and impacting nearly 3.7 million children in Texas.

“Bringing the arts to children across our state is so important; the Trust’s research has shown that involvement in the arts increases test scores, school attendance, graduation rates, and improves mental health and healing,” Linda LaMantia, 2024 Texas Women for the Arts Chair, said in a statement.

TWA said its grant funding supports community organizations, museums, after-school programs, summer camps, and more, providing programming for Texas children involved in music, visual arts, performing arts, dance, creative writing, and other artistic disciplines.

The grants are awarded on an annual basis each spring. The 2024-2025 application cycle will open on October 1st, 2024.

Texas Cultural Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and increasing access and awareness for the arts across the state.

Programs of the Texas Cultural Trust include the Texas Medal of Arts Awards, Art Can, Texas Young Masters, Texas Women for the Arts, Partners in the Arts, and Arts Access.

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