|The $1.5 million in grants to a dozen North Texas arts and culture organizations, like the Dallas Opera, will positively impact the community's economy and quality of life.
Continuing its commitment to help enrich the quality of life in TI's headquarters community, the Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation recently approved grants of $1.5 million to 12 North Texas arts and culture organizations.
This year's arts grant recipients include the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Turtle Creek Chorale, Chamberlain Performing Arts, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Children's Theater, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Opera, Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Nasher Sculpture Center, Richardson Symphony Orchestra and Shakespeare Dallas.
"It's both an exciting and challenging time for the arts in Dallas," said Ann Pomykal, executive director of the TI Foundation. "We believe that an entire community benefits when its arts thrive. So by helping the arts in North Texas reach and sustain a high level of operational and artistic excellence, we can positively impact our community's economy and quality of life."
The TI Foundation has long supported arts and culture in Dallas and during recent challenging economic times has provided direct support of operations to many valued nonprofit arts organizations.
"The TI Foundation is leading the charge in business support for arts and culture in North Texas, and we hope this level of commitment serves as a clarion call to others," Katherine Wagner, chief executive officer of the Business Council for the Arts, said.
From the perspective of a grant recipient, Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny explained, "TI has been a stalwart supporter of The Dallas Opera for more than 50 years. For the second consecutive season, the TI Foundation is providing an unprecedented level of financial support. As we strive to reflect the highest artistic and technical standards for this art form, the TI Foundation must be credited for its starring role as a partner in the success of this company. It's a role for which all of us at The Dallas Opera are deeply grateful."
"The commitment of TI and the TI Foundation to the arts is extraordinary and outstanding," added Michael Jenkins, president and managing director of the Dallas Summer Musicals. "Because of the economy, the TI Foundation grants have been invaluable in continuing the quality of the arts in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We're better today than ever because of the TI Foundation's commitment."
Grant money at work
The $700,000 donation to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO), the largest ever to the DSO, will support the organization's operations to continue the high level of artistic excellence achieved in recent years.
"On behalf of the Dallas Symphony, we are deeply appreciative of the TI Foundation for this generous and significant gift," said Blaine L. Nelson, chairman of the DSO board of governors. "Its support over many years has enabled the DSO to reach remarkable milestones and change people's lives in North Texas, and this increase in funding shows TI Foundation's steadfast commitment to the arts in our community. The partnership between the TI Foundation and the DSO is one of the most productive and enduring in DSO history, and for that we are profoundly grateful. We look forward to continue to work together to make the Dallas community a better place to live, work and thrive."
"We believe the DSO serves as a cornerstone of excellence for the arts in Dallas," said Sam Self, chairman of the TI Foundation board of directors. "We invest to sustain the important cultural assets that make North Texas a great city and an attractive place to live and work. Our region's future economic growth depends in large part on the quality of life here, and our community has so much to gain from this wonderful orchestra's enriching performances and education programs. We're proud to increase our investment in the future of the DSO and the arts in Dallas this year."
The TI Foundation's grant to the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) will support the creation of a Laboratory for Museum Innovation. The Laboratory will produce focused and highly innovative digital projects. Through the Laboratory's pilot projects, the DMA seeks to provide enhanced educational resources for K-12 students and teachers; improved quality of data in its collections to aid scholars; a deeper understanding of how visitors encounter works of art; and how to better leverage platforms for global distribution of content from the Museum and its audiences.
The $250,000 grant to the Dallas Opera will advance the educational and community outreach initiatives throughout the organization's 2012-2013 season, including live performances and opera recitals in schools, libraries, museums and cultural centers destined to reach more than 20,000 young people in the Dallas/Fort Worth area alone.
"While the TI Foundation board has to make the difficult choices of where to contribute and can't respond to all funding requests, we believe that these arts partners are community assets that need continuing support to stay viable and excellent. We encourage others to join us in supporting all of the arts in North Texas," Pomykal added.