Business Council for the Arts (BCA) honors North Texas Performing Arts in 2021 Obelisk Awards

The Business Council for the Arts (BCA) has announced that Plano’s North Texas Performing Arts has been awarded the 2021 Obelisks in the Arts.

Get to Know North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA), winner of the 2021 Business Council for the Arts Obelisk Award for Arts Education

The NTPA is the nation’s largest youth-focused performing arts organization, presenting classes, camps and productions for ages five to 18, as well as adult programs as part of the NTPA repertoire and community theater. The NTPA believes that every young person should have the opportunity to take the stage and have their voice heard. Founded by Sara Akers in 1991 as Plano Children’s Theater, the NTPA is now made up of five youth theater groups in Dallas, Fairview, Frisco, Plano and Southlake.

The mission of North Texas Performing Arts is to develop the character of young people through quality arts education and family entertainment. The NTPA believes that theater changes lives and strives to teach students not only how to act, sing or dance, but also how to become better humans with their 10 North Texas Performing Arts characters: teamwork, leadership. , responsibility, respect, trust, integrity, discipline, gratitude, positive attitude and love each other.

North Texas Performing Arts. Photo by Nicki Behm.

Each year, the NTPA reaches over 11,000 young people with its key programs. NTPA Youth Theater Troupes is aimed at performers aged 5-18. NTPA Academy is a daytime college program focusing on performing arts education for youth ages 13-18, and the NTPA Community Theater engages families on stage, regardless of ability level. The NTPA also offers specialized programming, including NTPA Starcatcher, for neuro-atypical youth and adults to participate in music and theater, led by a theater therapist. NTPA Collegiate Pursuits is intensive training for young people studying the performing arts in college and NTPA Repertory is a group of semi-professional adult artists who bring “Broadway to the Burbs.”

NTPA’s main facility is the largest youth performing arts venue in the country and located in Plano at the Shops at Willow Bend. The partnership that North Texas Performing Arts has with The Shops at Willow Bend has contributed to the NTPA’s ability to present over 150 productions and 1,100 performances per year. The NTPA attracts over 220,000 visits to Willow Bend stores annually with its productions which in turn drive visits to retailers, restaurants and more to the mall throughout the year. This mutually beneficial partnership led Willow Bend stores to nominate the NTPA for a 2021 Obelisk award.

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Learn more about North Texas Performing Arts and get tickets to upcoming shows in September including Legally Blonde The Musical, Into the Woods, Cinderella and High School Musical on

According to 2021 Obelisk Awards co-chairs Rebecca and Philip Silvestri: “North Texas Performing Arts has profoundly influenced the lives of thousands of young people since its inception, providing them with lifelong skills learned through the practice of theater. “

The 2021 Obelisks presented by the Business Council for the Arts (BCA)


The Obelisk Prize honors businesses, nonprofits, and individuals for their extraordinary support of the arts and culture in North Texas.

Philip and Rebecca Silvestri, community magazine editors Local Profile, are co-chairs of the 33rd annual BCA Obelisk Awards.

Presenting Sponsors of the 2021 Obelisks are Nancy A. Nasher + David J. Haemisegger.

Collector level sponsors are Capital One and Neiman Marcus Group.

Aficionado Level Sponsors are American Airlines, The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Atmos Energy, Baker Botts LLP, The Beck Group, Bourland Octave Management, Comerica Bank, Corgan, Fisher & Phillips, Gensler, HALL Group, Haynes and Boone LLP, Holland & Knight LLP, Jackson Walker LLP, Jones Day, Local Profile, Maintenance, Inc., McGrath Family Charitable Fund, NorthPark Center, Oncor, Parkland, PepsiCo, PwC, PZP BizConnect, RealPage, SMU | Meadows School of the Arts, Tolleson Wealth Management, UNT, UT Dallas, UT Southwestern Medical Center and Texas Instruments.

Catalyst Level Sponsors include the AT&T Performing Arts Center, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership – TWU.

Lawyer-level sponsors includes Andy Smith and Paul von Wupperfeld and Appreciating sponsors include Albert Outdoor Advertising, Charles W. Eisemann and Southwest Airlines. The media sponsors of the Obelisk 2021 Prize are Local Profile and Patron Magazine, and the Design sponsor is Banowetz + Co.

The 2021 Obelisks presented by the Business Council for the Arts (BCA)

Obelisk Award recipients receive an original work of art created by Dallas glass artist Polly Gessell, sponsored by the Craig + Kathryn Hall Foundation. J Crawford Construction Systems, LP supports the photography. The 2021 Obelisk Awards graphics are a detail of Athor / Laurentia, 2019 by local Dallas artist Zeke Williams, represented by Erin Cluley Gallery.

Sponsorships, tickets and donations in recognition of winners and BCA programs can be purchased at

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The Business Council for the Arts encourages, inspires and stimulates businesses and municipalities to support the arts in the workplace, in education and in the community. We are a link between commerce and culture. Our programs bring well-being and equity to the workplace through the arts, train next-generation business leaders for arts councils, inject creativity into work teams, measure the economic impact of arts in North Texas and enrich arts organizations with best business practices.

Contact us at [email protected] for more information, or visit our website at

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