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Organizations Giving Back To The DFW Arts

Local organizations continue to help struggling performing arts venues, but the leaders are also using this money wisely to make intelligent decisions about their productions. DFW is rich in the arts, and organizations are reaching out to their communities with educational programs and discounted tickets. Donations from corporations, individuals, national funding and local charities are necessary to keep the arts strong, to nurture creativity and promote advancement in the arts.
Winspear Opera House

The Dallas Opera
2403 Flora St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 443-1043

The Dallas Opera raised $1.25 million in a five-day campaign drive last July, led by a $500,000 contribution from Crow Holdings. The Opera's newly formed Cultural Renaissance Endowment Fund received contributions from The Hamon Charitable Foundation, Mrs. Eugene McDermott, Phyllis and Thomas McCasland and The Perot Foundation. Under the direction of CEO Keith Cerny, The Dallas Opera's strategic plan is healthy and continues to earn the confidence of the community. The organization offers various tiers of contribution opportunities that will be reciprocated with certain benefits. These include different levels of involvement within the arts and insider information about the DFW arts scene. Continued success still depends on healthy ticket sales, Annual Fund donations, corporate support and other grants and gifts.

Related: Best of the Dallas Arts District

Amon Carter Museum

Amon G. Carter Foundation
201 Main St, Suite 1945
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 332-2783

The Amon G. Carter Foundation asset range is $50 million or larger. In 2010, their community grants totaled $23,401,936. Casa Manana, Circle Theatre, Fort Worth Opera Association, Jubilee Players, Performing Arts Fort Worth, Texas Ballet Theater, Van Cliburn Foundation and the Amon Carter Museum are just some of the arts programs that benefit from this great foundation. The majority of all money raised goes toward DFW arts, however this organization contributes to other great causes as well. Fortunate recipients include those needing assistance in health and medical services, youth and elderly programs and civic and community endeavors throughout the area.

Art Fest

The 500, Inc
3530 Forest Lane, Suite 289Dallas, TX 75234
(214) 565-0200

Another top local charity supporting the arts is The 500, Inc. Its mission has expanded to support Dallas' theatrical, musical and visual arts. To date, The 500, Inc. has donated over $12 million and extensive volunteer hours to Dallas and Garland arts communities. Some of the 2011 beneficiaries are Dallas Wind Symphony, the award-winning Theater Three, Shakespeare Dallas, the innovative Kitchen Dog Theatre, WaterTower Theatre and Garland Summer Musicals.

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The Arts Community Alliance (TACA)
1722 Routh St, Suite 115
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 520-3930

TACA is a leading champion for the performing arts of North Texas. They strive to raise community participation in and awareness of the arts, serving as one of the most reliable sources for support in the DFW area. TACA distributed a fifth consecutive, $1 million in grants to 41 North Texas performing arts groups. The TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund will provide $100,000 annually for three years. Donna Wilhelm recently shared, "When we move the arts forward, we move Dallas forward, too."

Related: Best Theater Companies in North Texas

Marilee Vergati, is an international award-winning art director and writer. As a native Dallasite and fifth generation Texan, she brings a unique insight to her beloved state, its events, arts, ecology and people. Her work can be found on

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