Title Eisemann Edge Initiative Grant
Organization Communties Foundation of Texas
Closing Date Friday, June 21, 2024
Location Richardson, TX

Background: In 2019, the City of Richardson and the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts partnered with The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at UT Dallas to create the Eisemann Edge Endowment Fund. This innovative program empowered Richardson residents and students to explore how technology can enhance arts experiences.

Early projects supported by the Eisemann Edge Endowment Fund include MotherBoard, a modular sculptural installation that celebrated the City of Richardson’s history, and 20 Years in 20 Minutes, a projection experience that highlighted 20 years of the Eisemann Center.

In 2022, the Eisemann Edge Endowment Fund began partnering with the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) to expand the program and to create an open application process that offers grant funding to forward-looking projects that explore the intersection of innovative technology with the performing/visual arts. The inaugural grantee of the CFT Eisemann Edge Initiative Grant was Sci-Art Exchange for their free exhibit titled “Sensing Deep Space: Pandora’s Cluster” – a multisensory experience based on several galaxies located within Pandora’s Cluster – which premiered in January 2024 at the Eisemann Center. In 2023, OutLoud Dallas received the Eisemann Edge grant for a project to premiere in September 2024 at the Eisemann Center.

Eligibility: This opportunity is currently open to nonprofit organizations and fiscally-sponsored entities with projects that explore the intersection of innovative technology with the performing and/or visual arts. Preference will be given to projects that use innovative technology and the arts to unite and enrich community and celebrate creativity, collaboration, and innovation.

Grant Requirements: The grantee(s) must publicly premiere the funded project at the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts between September 14-29, 2025 (this includes load-in/installation, presentation, and load-out/de-install time), with a reception and preview/soft-opening to occur on September 18, 2025.

The grantee(s) will have in-kind services by the Eisemann Center team available and in-kind access to spaces throughout the Eisemann Center, including the Hill Performance Hall, Bank of America Theatre, Bank of America Hall, and the Green Mezzanine Gallery.

Nonprofits and fiscally-sponsored entities interested in being considered for grant funding must complete an online application by 5:00 p.m. CDT on June 21, 2024. Late, mailed, and e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

For more information and to apply, please contact Greg Oertel, Senior Community Philanthropy Officer, at goertel@cftexas.org.

Website https://www.eisemanncenter.com/Membership-Support/Eisemann-Edge