Grants totaling more than $32,000 have been awarded to two Fort Worth-based nonprofits by the North Texas Community Foundation.
The 2021 grant recipients from the Donny Wiley Memorial Fund include Art Tooth and Arts Fort Worth.
The funds disbursed to Art Tooth will support the Visual Artist Grant Program, awarding three local artists the funding to create new artwork for exhibition in Fort Worth businesses. The grant to Arts Fort Worth supports the new Artist Residency Program, which will provide an emerging, local visual artist with 24/7 studio access and a monthly stipend to produce artwork over twelve months and then host a solo exhibition.
Established in 2017, the Donny Wiley Memorial Fund celebrates and honors the life and legacy of Ms. Donny Wiley, a graduate of Paschal High School who attended Texas Christian University. During her lifetime, she was passionate about the arts and creative expression. When Ms. Wiley passed away, her sister translated that interest into a legacy gift that she hoped would benefit the arts community in Ms. Wiley’s hometown.
“Arts and culture organizations are critical to the economic success of our region and contribute immeasurably to our sense of community and well-being,” said Rose Bradshaw, president and CEO of North Texas Community Foundation. “We are proud to support organizations that enrich our community and carry on Donny Wiley’s legacy.”
Since the Donny Wiley Memorial Fund was established in 2017, it has awarded more than $78,500 to nonprofit organizations in Fort Worth that encourage artistic expression in adults, support emerging artists or increase appreciation and enjoyment of the arts.