When you look around Dallas, Texas Instruments’ footprint can be found in many places. While many people are familiar with the work TI has done in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, we’ve also been quite involved in the arts.
TI’s support of the arts in our headquarters community can be traced to our founders. They left a legacy of funding the arts to help Dallas become a rich, vibrant city. They knew that a strong arts and cultural fabric was essential to making Dallas a destination for future employees, companies and visitors. Arts and culture are key building blocks of strong communities.
Recently, TI and the TI Foundation continued that legacy of enhancing the quality of life in Dallas by making a combined $1.6 million in contributions to a variety of North Texas arts and culture organizations.
Dallas has a thriving and growing arts and culture scene, which is increasingly being noticed nationally and internationally and it makes our area a more vibrant place to live and work.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has a Business Arts Initiative that draws corporate participation to leverage the assets of Dallas’ Arts District. He told us, “TI continues to set a high bar for corporate supporters of the arts in Dallas. This much-needed funding helps make our arts and culture institutions great, elevates the quality of life of our city and spurs economic growth for the entire region.”
We consider the specific goals for each grant and its impact on the diverse culture of our headquarters city. We want to ensure arts and culture programs for our employees, citizens and visitors to enjoy and help businesses, economic development and tourism thrive for the benefit of all.
This year’s arts grant recipients include the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico; Business Council for the Arts; Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society; Dallas Black Dance Theatre; Dallas Children’s Theater; Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance; Dallas Museum of Art; Dallas Opera; Dallas Summer Musicals; Dallas Symphony Association; Dallas Theater Center; Dallas Zoological Society; Nasher Sculpture Center; North Texas Public Broadcasting (KERA); and the Turtle Creek Chorale.
We are pleased to support these great institutions.
In addition to these grants in Dallas, TI also encourages U.S.-based employee and retiree donations, matching their support to eligible arts and culture groups across the U.S. via the TI Foundation matching gifts program. Last year, TI employees and retirees contributed $500,000 to arts and culture organizations, which was matched dollar-for-dollar by the TI Foundation to support the arts as well as education in communities across the U.S. where TI has a presence.