The Texas Cultural Trust announces new Board of Directors for 2015-2016.   The Trust’s Board of Directors serves to enhance the visibility and viability of the Texas Cultural Trust, its mission, and its programs.  As a statewide organization, the Trust relies on their outreach to further arts education, advocacy, and economic impact in Texas.  For more information, visit www.txculturaltrust.org.

“I firmly believe that the arts are vital to our state,” says Judy Robison, Chair of the Board of Directors and longtime El Paso resident.  “We see arts as an integral part of educating our children and preparing a 21st century workforce able to compete on a global scale.  The arts are necessary in sustaining our state’s economy, contributing billions of dollars in taxable sales revenue each year and employing 1 in 15 Texas workers.  I look forward to working to advance the Trust’s important mission.”

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In addition to her decorated career in secondary education, Judy Robison is an active and passionate arts supporter.  She has served as President of the El Paso Symphony Guild, El Paso Symphony Association, Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras, and Child Crisis Center Foundation.   Robison has served on the board of El Paso Pro-Musica, Bridge Gallery, and El Paso Symphony Foundation.  She was named Outstanding Philanthropist by the National Society of Fundraising Executives in 2000, inducted in to the Junior Achievement El Paso Business Hall of Fame in 2001, and honored with the Bravo Award by the League of Women Voters in 2003.  Besides being involved with the Texas Cultural Trust, Robison is an active member of the Texas Women for the Arts giving circle that supports arts education initiatives for children across the state.

Announcing the 2015-16 Texas Cultural Trust Board of Directors Officers:

Judy Robison, Chair, El Paso
Linda LaMantia, Vice Chair, Laredo
Marvin Blum, Treasurer, Fort Worth
Leslie Ward, Secretary, Austin
Charles Matthews, Immediate Past Chair, Dallas
Karen Oswalt, At-Large, Austin
Kelli Blanton, At-Large, Houston

The following individuals are new to the Texas Cultural Trust Board of Directors for 2015-16:

John Beckworth, Austin
Ernest Butler, Austin
Alice Carrington Foultz, San Antonio
Bill Lively, Dallas
Tania Schwartz, El Paso
Brian Sweany, Austin
John Mack Wallace, Fredericksburg 

To view the complete Board of Directors list, visit http://txculturaltrust.org/about-us/board-of-directors/

“Our 2015-16 board and officers are a testament to the work that the Texas Cultural Trust does,” says Jennifer Ransom Rice, Executive Director of the Texas Cultural Trust.  “We have captains of industry, top artistic and creative talent, and passionate arts supporters across Texas.   When such diverse leaders can come together to support your mission and programs, you know what you do is of value to your community and your state.”

Established in 1995, the Texas Cultural Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes and highlights the importance of the arts in educating our children and sustaining our vibrant Texas economy. The Texas Cultural Trust supports the programs of the Texas Commission on the Arts and other qualifying state agencies. In addition to the biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards, other programs include: Texas Women for the Arts, Founders for the Arts, Adventures in the ARTS, the Young Masters scholarship program, Art of Economic Development, and an Art & Digital Literacy Curriculum.  For more information on the Texas Cultural Trust, visit www.txculturaltrust.org

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