Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Arlington
The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation’s grant provided capital support to purchase and install a new video screen to accompany and enrich the audience environment at Friends of the Levitt performances. The screen is designed to add a new visual dimension to performances and help the Friends of the Levitt with more fundamental communication activities such as recognizing and celebrating donors, volunteers and other supporters of Levitt programming. The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation board envisioned this gift is a significant and enduring complement to the Levitt experience.
The Foundation’s grant provided seed funding for a pilot program designed to improve the appearance of key corridors throughout the city. The program will accomplish immediate visual improvement to these spaces by installing native landscaping to screen dilapidated fencing and other items which detract along key corridors. This high impact program is expected to benefit all residents and visitors in the City as they travel through these corridors, creating a natural screen of attractive, native plants. The Corridor Beautification Pilot Program will provide native landscaping in the right of way along key corridors in the City.
$250,000Arlington Museum of Art
Hailing from some of the premiere museums in Europe, including the Gemeente Museum at The Hague in the Netherlands, Katten Kabinet in Amsterdam, Musée D’Ixelles in Brussels, and private collections in Amsterdam and Paris, Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910 contained almost 200 pieces from avant-garde Post-Impressionist artists working in a new French “modern” style. Built around the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, painter of scenes and artists from the famed Moulin Rouge theater in Paris’ Montmartre district, this expansive exhibit explored the anti-establishment movement among artists who were seeking alternative means of bringing their art to a broader cross-section of the public and break out of traditional molds.
$100,000Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington
Boys & Girls Club of Arlington and the Arlington Independent School District have joined forces in a unique collaboration to build the Great Futures Academy inside North Arlington’s newest school, Peach Elementary. This new endeavor promises to offer students and families from Arlington’s northern neighborhoods a dedicated a 8,500 square foot Club/Community Resource Center which is attached to the school. This new facility will replace the mobile trailer units currently located at Roquemore Elementary.
$650,000City of Arlington Hawkins Central Library
The new George W. Hawkes Central Library will offer a unique facility for all ages, where family enrichment and civic engagement come alive! The site will include the Library, a facility for City Council chambers that will also serve as shared meeting space for library events, and an outdoor plaza for meeting and gathering. The new location will make efficient use of City of Arlington owned land and serve as a catalyst for additional development downtown. The enhanced services of the new library include, enhanced children’s and teen services, community meeting rooms, upgraded technology area, literacy programming, a dedicated section for genealogy and local history as well as an on-site bookstore. The new facility is expected to open in 2017.
The Foundation’s grant provided funding for four specially-designed accessible vehicles for ambulatory clients. By adding these automobiles to their fleet, Catholic Charities is better able to provide clients with an “on demand” service for a variety of transportation needs.
City of Arlington Parks & Recreation
Richard Green Entertainment District Sculpture Trail The City’s Parks and Recreation Department is leading an effort which includes the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, Arlington Tomorrow Foundation and local artists to develop a pedestrian-friendly sculpture trail between Globe Life Park and AT&T Stadium.
The Foundation provided a grant to help underwrite costs associated with purchasing and equipping the Library’s Outreach Van which provides bi-weekly outreach to 15 AISD community-based child care centers, all of which are located within lower-income areas of the city. Thanks to the larger-capacity and easily recognizable vehicle, library staff is able to transport more materials and serve more patrons. The van is especially important during the period when the Central Library is under construction and there are limited public library services available in the downtown area. The outreach van would also be used at other locations, as necessary, including Back to School Fairs, community events, and for school visits in the spring to promote the upcoming Summer Reading Club. $35,500
Community Enrichment Grants
Arlington Urban Ministries
Thriving Families, is designed to assist a financially-disadvantaged client with a portion of one month’s rent or utilities, as well as provide 1 2 days of food.
Meals on Wheels provides home-delivered meals, professional case management, and other needed items or services to elderly and disabled homebound residents of Arlington in response to several community needs: malnutrition, food insecurity, social isolation, poor mental and physical health, etc. Through the home-delivered meals program, fresh, nutritionally balanced meals are provided to homebound elderly and disabled residents of Tarrant County. Meals are delivered by trained volunteers Monday through Friday. Registered and licensed dietitians on staff plan the menus to meet nutritional guidelines. Eligibility for the meals is based on need, not age or income, and no clients are placed on a waiting list for service. A client must 1) be homebound, 2) be physically, mentally, or emotionally unable to regularly prepare at least one nutritionally balanced meal per day, and 3) have no one in the home to help on a regular basis. $38,500Senior Citizen Services of Tarrant County
The Foundation’s grant provides funding for programs which include congregate meals, wellness programs, a variety of activities, periodic trips or outings, educational presentations and socialization. Socialization, nutrition and wellness are the three major SCS programs that enable seniors to age in place with health, independence and dignity.Our grant also provides funding for free wellness workshops to at least 310 older adults in Arlington. As in the previous year, partner locations to provide the wellness workshops of Chronic Self Disease Management (“CDSM”), and Matter of Balance (“MOB”), will include the senior centers, senior housing complexes, libraries, faith-based senior groups, clinics or hospitals, and city recreation centers. 49,000Dance Theatre Arlington Dance!
Texas in Downtown Arlington Museum of Art and the Dance Theatre of Arlington joined around a common theme to celebrate the life and work of Bruce Wood, a noted Texas based choreographer who died May 2014. The Arlington Museum of Art exhibit coincided with the Dance Texas event. Arlington had the opportunity to become a destination for dance performance and arts promotion in the state of Texas. Local dancers ages 8 and up joined Showcase performers from across the state in dance instruction from nationally known choreographers -Arlington restaurant and hotels, feeding and housing participants and their families. The University of Texas at Arlington gained an on-campus event to recruit students from across the state and to introduce them to new degree offerings such as the Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre.
$38,200Arlington Museum of Art
The Star of Texas promotes Arlington’s new brand as the American Dream City, as well as highlights Arlington’s cultural arts district. The goal is to have 15 statues or stars located throughout the city to highlight locations that make Arlington the American Dream City. Each statue will be on display for 3 years. At the end of that term, citizens will be asked to vote on their favorite. That piece will be donated to the City of Arlington. The “theme” for the art will be a visual representation of Arlington as the American Dream City. $50,000Symphony Arlington Golden Ticket Program: A grant to underwrite Symphony Arlington’s program dedicated to building relationships with retirement communities, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities by bringing residents to the Arlington Music Hall to attend each performance during the 2014-2015 Season, Shall We Dance? $6,500Downtown Arlington Management Corporation
Downtown Arlington Management Corporation’s forges alliances between property owners, business interests, residents and the City of Arlington to improve and enhance the economic vitality and overall environment of Downtown Arlington. Project Dream’s goal is to make public art accessible to Arlington residents and visitors. This project will help Arlington secure an important state designation through the Texas Commission on the Arts’ Cultural Arts District program. Project Dream is a public art project. The sculpture will span 54 feet in length, extend 12 feet high, and be 4 feet deep. It will be constructed of milled steel, and will have cutouts of birds. The bird cutout is the signature of the artist. DAMC believes this project will not only provide an iconic destination for our visitors, but it will serve as a community gathering place and promote community spirit. The public art piece was installed on September 25, 2015.
$25,000The Women’s Center of Tarrant County
The Women’s Center of Tarrant County offers three services through the Specialized Counseling & Child Abuse Prevention Program: 1) Rape Crisis & Victim Services 2) Play it Safe!® child sexual abuse prevention education and 3) Mental Health Counseling. In 2014, the Specialized Counseling & Child Abuse Prevention Program served 11,235 women, men, and children: • 10,497 students participated in Play it Safe!® at 18 Arlington ISD schools • 188 residents received crisis intervention services through the 24-hour Crisis Hotline • 84 resident rape victims received crisis intervention services at a local hospital • 18 residents received case management services • 73 homeless children at the Arlington Life Shelter received case management through our partnership with the Cook Children’s Health Care System • 228 residents called the Center’s Helpline • 147 residents received clinical counseling. Moving forward, the Center aims to serve over 11,250 children and adults in Arlington in 2015.
$20,000Cancer Care Services (CCS)
Our grant underwrites expenses associated with providing help and hope to cancer patients, survivors, their families and caregivers through direct financial, emotional, spiritual and social programs, services and activities. Navigation Connection provides individualized assistance for patients, families and caregivers to help overcome the healthcare barriers they face and facilitates timely access to quality medical and psychosocial care. CCS works with a patient from post-diagnosis through all phases of the cancer continuum. The design of the patient navigation system is engineered to be directed by, and to meet the unique needs of, the patient and their family in the context of their community and the healthcare environment. It‘s goal to serve an average of 160 clients per quarter in Arlington.
$30,000Helping Restore Ability
The work conducted at Helping Restore Ability aims ultimately to offer independence, freedom, and dignity to those children, adults and families who live with a disabling condition. Based in Arlington, Helping Restore Ability has more than 750 clients statewide. Of those, 175 are in Arlington. Care is provided for people of all ages with any type of disability. In 2014, in Arlington alone, 282,000 hours of service was provided to those 175 low income Arlington citizens with disabling conditions. The Caring for Arlington Citizens with Disabling Conditions Project will serve at least 175 individuals and their families in 2015-2016 by providing in-home care for low-income citizens with disabling conditions. The Caring for Arlington Citizens with Disabling Conditions Project also seeks to enroll 50 new clients in Arlington.
$50,000The Warm Place
Through our grant, the WARM Place was able to renovate four children’s rooms. Dedicated to serving grieving children and families, the heart of the program is a warm, inviting home where grieve sessions are held. Children’s programs are offered in the home’s ‘rooms.’ These rooms serve hundreds of grieving children every week and are divided by grade: K-3rd; 4th-5th; junior high; and high school. This renovation marks the largest update of the facilities in more than 10 years.
$40,000Communities Foundation of Texas – North Texas Giving Day
This grant was dedicated to sponsoring Arlington events and a Arlington Gives! Rally as part of the 2015 North Giving Day. As an underwriter of the day’s activities the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation offered $50,000 in bonus funds to Arlington-based charities registered for the 2015 Giving Day event.
$50,000Arlington Life Shelter
The Arlington Life Shelter offers a pathway to self sufficiency for homeless men, women and children from the north Texas area by providing food and shelter, family services and assistance in securing and maintaining employment. The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation grant provides meal assistance fund for teams needing support in order to participate in the food service program or those unable to purchase the higher quality food and produce requested. Additionally, our grant will help purchase fruits and vegetables to supplement the nutritional value of meals and provide a salad bar. Other partners in the program include Tarrant Area Food Bank, local farmers markets and community garden.
The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation grant underwrites the 2015-16 and 2016-17 Theatre Arlington seasons. Our donation helps to produces nine shows each season, including two full-length musicals and two all-youth performances, operates a year-round theater school and has several outreach programs to bring the arts to the economically disadvantaged in the Arlington area.
The project is to be a resource to Arlington pet owners as well as to the shelter to be able to save animals from being surrendered to the shelter or being euthanized in the shelter for treatable medical needs. The funds requested will be used to sponsor pets in the Arlington Animal Shelter.
$10,000Tarrant County Association for the Blind DBA Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth
Funding from the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation will be utilized to underwrite expenses related to the purchase of two laptop computers to help instruct visually-challenged clients with cooking lessons and other activities related to working in the kitchen.