The Moody Fund for the Arts (MFA) today announced it is awarding a record $450,000 in grants to 52 small arts organizations in Dallas! The grants, which range in size from $4,750 to the maximum of $12,000, support groups representing a broad cross-section of small, emerging and ethnic arts organizations across numerous art forms including theatre, music, dance, visual arts, film, multimedia, and more. Many of these programs provide access to the arts in historically under-served communities in Dallas. This marks is the 5th year of MFA grantmaking. Since its first awards in 2018, MFA has awarded a total of $1,530,000 through 238 unique grants to 79 organizations.
We set out to create a unique endowment that would support the growing, diverse and vibrant
small arts community in Dallas. We wanted to help these organizations realize their creative
vision with projects and programs across our city. After five years, we are beyond pleased by the
results, and excited at what’s ahead.
Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Executive director and chairman of the Galveston-based Moody Foundation
The fund awards flexible grants within five categories. This year saw entries in each category:
General Program and Operating Cost Support (31); New Works, Commissions, and Unique Presentations (11); Capacity Building (4); Community Focus Performances/Artist-in-Residency Programs (5), Cultural Equity, New Initiatives (1). Six of the groups were awarded MFA grants for the first time.
The Moody Fund for the Arts (MFA) aspires to be a transformative fund that will raise the scope of engagement with the arts throughout the Dallas community. Through flexible grant making, MFA encourages enterprising and diverse cultural offerings and helps sustain the mission of Moody Performance Hall to provide a stage in the Dallas Arts District for small and mid-sized
groups. This year’s grants come as the Dallas arts community is recovering from a pandemic that had been financially devastating. In 2020 and 2021, MFA responded by significantly increasing the total grant amounts and accelerating the review process to get funds to the organizations quickly. MFA also provided flexibility in executing the grants as groups pivoted between providing virtual and in-person experiences.
The Moody Fund for the Arts provided a lifeline to so many of our arts organizations during a
very challenging time. We are so grateful for the generosity and vision of the Moody Foundation for creating something that will continue providing critical support for the smallest organizations in our arts community for decades to come.
Eric Johnson, Dallas Mayor
Some of 2022 Moody Fund Recipients:
• Agora Artists
• American Baroque Opera Company
• ARGA NOVA DANCE
• The Artist Outreach
• Arts Mission Oak Cliff*
• Asian Film Foundation of Dallas*
• Avant Chamber Ballet
• Ballet North Texas
• Bruce Wood Dance
• Cara Mía Theatre Company
• Creative Arts Center of Dallas
• Cry Havoc Theater Company
• Dallas Arts District Foundation
• Dallas Bach Society
• Dallas Chamber Symphony
• Dallas Metroplex Musicians’ Assoc.
• Dance Council of North Texas
• Deep Vellum Publishing
The Moody Fund for the Arts is held within the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) Endowment, a Texas nonprofit corporation. Oversight is provided by the DCPA Endowment Board of Governors. The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center provides staff support to administer the fund and granting process.
In 2017, the Galveston, Texas-based Moody Foundation created and endowed the $10 million Moody Fund for the Arts to provide support for small and emerging nonprofit arts organizations supported by the City of Dallas Office of Arts & Culture. In recognition of the generosity of the Moody Foundation, on May 24, 2017 the City of Dallas changed the name of its 750-seat Dallas City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District to Moody Performance Hall. To qualify, an organization’s budget must be less than $1 million. Through an annual competitive process, the $10 million endowment provides flexible grants supporting a range of opportunities, including new works and commissions, general operating and rent support, capacity building, projects taking art into under-served areas, cultural equity programs and more.
More information can be found on the Moody Fund for the Arts website at www.moodyartsfund.org.
Chris Heinbaugh, Vice President of External Affairs
AT&T Performing Arts Center
To learn more about the Moody Foundation, visit at www.moodyf.org.