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Texas Instruments Foundation gives over $1 million to North Texas arts, culture organizations

Aug 30, 2011

DALLAS (August 30, 2011) -- The Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation recently approved grants of more than $1 million to 13 North Texas arts and culture organizations, continuing its commitment to helping enrich the quality of life in the communities where TI operates.

Grant recipients include the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Chamberlain Performing Arts, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Opera, Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Zoo, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Richardson Symphony Orchestra and the Turtle Creek Chorale.

“The TI Foundation gives to the arts because the community has so much to gain,” said Ann Pomykal, executive director of the TI Foundation. “The arts positively impact our local economy and the quality of life for everyone in Dallas,” she said.

The TI Foundation has long supported arts and culture in the communities where TI has a presence. That commitment has gained increased recognition and appreciation this year as many valued non-profits arts organizations face challenging economic times.

“With the expansion of area arts organizations over the past decade, the Dallas area has grown to be a vibrant center for arts and culture. The needs of these organizations for general operating financial support has also grown, particularly in this economy,” Pomykal said. “This is where local foundations and corporations can step up and ensure that our community’s arts and culture continue to thrive.”

According to an economic impact study produced by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts and Deloitte last year, North Texas non-profit arts and cultural organizations contributed more than $3 billion to the region’s economy over the past three years. 

Dallas Children’s Theater is one of the organizations that received one of these TI Foundation grants. 

 “This year, TI Foundation stepped forward to contribute much-needed funding to arts and cultural programming in North Texas,” says Robyn Flatt, Executive Artistic Director at Dallas Children’s Theater.  “During a time when all of us are challenged to maintain the important programs we already provide to the community, it is invaluable to have an entity like TI Foundation that chooses to help us sustain existing programs and not demand that we add something new to qualify for support.  It means the world to Dallas Children’s Theater to be a recipient of a grant from an entity that exhibits this kind of incredible philanthropic leadership.”

TI and the TI Foundation have been long-time partners of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the TI Foundation’s latest grant tripled its historical gift.

“On behalf of the Dallas Symphony, we are deeply appreciative of the TI Foundation for this generous and significant gift,” said DSO Interim President David Hyslop. “Given the difficult economic climate faced by many arts organizations, this increase in funding shows TI Foundation’s steadfast commitment to the arts in our community.  The Dallas Symphony is deeply grateful for this invaluable support.”      

Pomykal added, “The TI Foundation board has to make the difficult grant choices, but there’s no more important time to support the arts.  While we cannot respond to all funding requests, we believe that we’ve invested in arts partners who are cornerstones of our community. They need the committed support of the business and philanthropic communities to stay viable in good and bad times.”

A national study by the Business Committee for the Arts showed that fewer U.S. companies are making philanthropic contributions to the arts, but those that continued their support actually gave a slightly greater share of their charitable dollars to the arts.

Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, said “Investing in the arts not only improves community quality of life but also helps attract and retain a skilled workforce and build new markets

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