Posted July 5, 2023

2023 Moody Fund for the Arts Grants Announced

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In 6th year of MFA granting, $400,000 total goes to 65 small organizations

Today, the Moody Fund for the Arts (MFA) announced it is awarding grants to 65 qualified Dallas arts organizations, the highest number to date. The grants, totaling $400,000 this year, range from $3,250 to $12,000. This will support groups representing a broad cross-section of small Dallas arts organizations across numerous genres including theatre, music, dance, visual arts, film, multimedia, and more. Many programs support commissions and new works. 12 of the recipients are first time applicants.

“This groundbreaking fund was established to help support and grow new and small arts organizations, a vital part of the Dallas cultural ecosystem,” said Francie Moody Dahlberg, Chairman and Executive Director of the Galveston-based Moody Foundation, which established the fund’s endowment in 2017. “To see these grants go to a record number of groups certainly speaks to the vibrancy and resiliency of the city’s arts community, especially after such a challenging few years.”

This marks the 6th year of MFA grantmaking. Since its first grant awards in 2018, MFA has awarded a total of $1,930,000 through 303 unique grants to 92 organizations.

“These arts organizations and their work provide arts and cultural experiences across Dallas, many in historically under-served communities,” said Warren Tranquada, president and CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, which administers the application, review and grant-making process. “Since its inception, this fund has provided important support to our vibrant arts community, and we’re thrilled to see so many organizations included this year, especially the twelve new applicants.” The fund awards flexible grants within five categories. This year saw entries in each category: General Program and Operating Cost Support (39); New Works, Commissions, and Unique Presentations (13); Community Focus Performances/Artist-in-Residency Programs (8); Cultural Equity, New Initiatives (3); Capacity Building (2).

2023 Grant Recipients:

• 2 Inspire Peace
• 6 O’clock Dance Theatre
• Agora Artists
• American Baroque Opera Company
• Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico
• Arts Mission Oak Cliff
• Artstillery
• Avant Chamber Ballet
• Ballet North Texas
• Bombshell Dance Project
• Bruce Wood Dance
• Color Me Empowered
• Creative Arts Center of Dallas
• Credo Choir
• Dallas Arts District
• Dallas Bach Society
• Dallas Chamber Symphony
• Dallas Metroplex Musicians’ Association
• Dallas SPARK
• Dance Council of North Texas
• DFW Play
• Echo Theatre
• Emerge Coalition, Inc.
• Fine Arts Chamber Players
• Flamenco Fever
• Flexible Grey Theatre Company
• Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
• Indian Cultural Heritage Foundation
• Infinite Arts Movement, Inc.
• Kitchen Dog Theater Company
• kNOw BOX dance
• Lone Star Wind Orchestra
• Make Art with Purpose
• Meat Market Productions
• New Texas Symphony Orchestra
• Oak Cliff Film Society
• Oak Cliff Records Library
• Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts
• Ollimpaxqui Ballet Co.
• Orchestra of New Spain
• Over the Bridge Arts
• Pegasus Contemporary Ballet
• Pegasus Media Project
• Prism Movement Theater
• Sammons Center for the Arts
• Second Thought Theatre
• Soul Rep Theatre Company
• South Dallas Concert Choir
• Swan Strings
• Teatro Dallas
• Teatro Flor Candela
• Texas Winds Musical Outreach
• The African Film Festival
• The Artist Outreach
• The Flame Foundation
• The No Limits Arts Theatre
• The Women’s Chorus of Dallas
• The Writer’s Garret
• Theatre Three
• Undermain Theatre
• Uptown Players
• USA Film Festival
• Verdigris Ensemble

The AT&T Performing Arts Center administers the fund and its application and review process. Award decisions are made through a two-level review process. The first level, the MFA Advisory Review Panel is a peer-review judging process. The second level of review is provided by the MFA Executive Committee.

2023 MFA Advisory Review Panel
Allyn Carrell – Actress and singer
Brad Spellicy – Arts and Culture Advisory Commission member (Place 8), musician, Director of Fine Arts at Alcuin School
Ashanti Williams – Nonprofit consultant, dancer, formerly staff with Texas Ballet Theater
Kevin Wortley – Dallas College Dean of Academic Affairs, actor, dancer, director
Joaquin Zihuatanejo – Dallas Poet Laureate (2022-2023), artist, poet, performer

2023 Executive Committee
Gwen Echols – Arts patron, advocate, philanthropist
Tracey Nash-Huntley – Arts patron, advocate, philanthropist
Martine Elyse Phillipe – City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture, Director

More information can be found on the Moody Fund for the Arts website at

### PRESS INQUIRIES: Chris Heinbaugh, Vice President of External Affairs AT&T Performing Arts Center 214-507-1460

ABOUT THE MOODY FUND FOR THE ARTS: 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.

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. Grant recipients are chosen through a multi-level process including a peer review panel.

MFA’s first grants were awarded in 2018.
• 2018 $150,000 36 organizations $7,500 max grant
• 2019 $175,000 47 organizations $7,500 max grant
• 2020 $355,000 49 organizations $10,000 max grant
• 2021 $400,000 54 organizations $10,000 max grant
• 2022 $450,000 52 organizations $12,000 max grant
2023 $400,000 65 organizations $12,000 max grant

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. Learn more at

ABOUT THE MOODY FOUNDATION: The Moody Foundation was established in 1942 by William L. Moody Jr. and his wife, Libbie Rice Shearn Moody to share their good fortune and make a difference in the lives of the people of Texas. Since then, the Moody Foundation has made more than $1.5 billion in grants throughout the state to organizations that have educated, healed, nurtured and inspired generations of Texans. Learn more at