Donny Wiley Memorial Fund – Strengthening Local Arts Initiatives

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North Texas Community Foundation announced awards totaling more than $32,000 to two Fort Worth nonprofit organizations through the Donny Wiley Memorial Fund.

The 2021 grant recipients include:

Art Tooth: to support the Visual Artist Grant Program that will award three local artists funding to create new artwork for exhibition in Fort Worth businesses.

Arts Fort Worth: to support 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. Ms. Wiley was a graduate of Pascal High School and attended Texas Christian University. During her lifetime, she was passionate about the arts and creative expression. When Ms. Wiley passed away her sister, Ethel Dodge, translated that interest into a legacy gift that she hoped would benefit the arts community in Ms. Wiley’s hometown.

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.

Arts and culture organizations are critical to the economic success of our region and contribute immeasurably to our sense of community and well-being,” says 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.


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