The Dallas Arts District Foundation is a catalyst for cultural activity within the Dallas Arts District and recognizes artistic excellence as well as the role that arts organizations are taking in the ongoing development of the social, educational and economic development of our city.
Specifically, the Foundation supports a broad range of cultural programs including:
- Outdoor performances and events, and
- New works that demonstrate creativity and innovation among multi-disciplined collaborators
To accomplish this goal, the Foundation provides financial and marketing support for non-profit entities currently presenting public programs in the Arts District.
To complement the programs of resident arts organizations in the District, the Foundation also supports prospective resident arts and cultural service providers, with particular emphasis on emerging artists, and cultural groups whose programs help to provide enriching and diverse programs for the public.
The work of the Foundation enhances the District by making arts activity more accessible to Dallas residents and visitors. We believe the arts should be a part of people’s daily lives, not merely a diversion for special occasions. We similarly believe that the Dallas Arts District should be a place people will want to visit on a regular basis to find an array of cultural programs.
The Foundation, through its Grants programs, generates this kind of activity, guaranteeing that the Arts District fulfils its promise of being a cornerstone of Dallas’ artistic and intellectual life.
Types of Assistance
Financial assistance is granted to a non-profit organization, or an individual sponsored by a non-profit organization. The Foundation has as its highest priority, funding projects that are created as site-specific, innovative programs developed through a collaborative process among two or more cultural organizations. All projects funded by the Foundation must be presented in the Dallas Arts District for the benefit of the public.
The Foundation Does Not Fund:
- Capital improvements, construction, renovation, purchase of permanent equipment, or structural maintenance of facilities.
- Activities restricted to an organization’s membership.
- Newsletters, website development or regularly printed publications about an organization’s activities for distribution to its member constituents.
- Costs of parties, receptions, and other social activities.
- Fundraising benefits and activities.
- Fellowships and/or costs of tuition at colleges, universities, or professional training schools.
- College/University or school projects that are part of a required course or curriculum or that do not involve and serve the general public.
- Operating expenses.
- Programs that are not primarily arts or cultural activities.
- Retroactive funding for projects, which are completed, or are in progress.
- Direct funding to individuals.
- Activities that do not benefit the general public.
- Any organization that did not meet the terms of prior year funding contract.