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Join Texas Women for the Arts

by Texas Cultural Trust

Texas women have the capability of making a tremendous impact on the arts in our state for our youth and our heritage,” says Jennifer Ransom Rice, Executive Director of the Texas Cultural Trust.  “Our mission is to awaken and nurture the artist in every Texas child and investing in arts education programs invests in the future of our state.” Every year, the state Arts generate $5.1 billion for our state’s economy and contribute nearly $320 million revenue annually.  Additionally, students who complete more arts classes have up to 15% higher pass rates on standardized tests than students with fewer art classes. Investing in the arts has tangible educational and financial benefits for the state of Texas, which is why investing in the arts is incredibly worth your time and money.

Texas Women for the Arts offers three membership options: Texas Women for the Arts Legacy Council Membership, Texas Women for the Arts Membership, and Texas Women for the Arts Mother/Daughter Membership. The membership year is from September 1st to August 31st, and members may join at any time. Benefits for joining Texas Women for the Arts includes:

  • Opportunity to invite 501(c)(3) organizations to apply for grant funding
  • Opportunity to vote on grants
  • Invitation to annual meeting
  • Invitation to attend the annual fall trip
  • Invitation to Texas Cultural Trust events
  • Name recognition on website
  • Name recognition in the biennial Texas Medal of Arts program

Legacy Council Membership Benefits include:

  • Invitation to optional special addition activities surrounding annual meeting at no additional cost
  • Invitation to Legacy Council only trips
  • Invitation to Texas Medal of Arts Announcement Luncheon
  • Complimentary tickets for two to Texas Medal of Arts Awards VIP Preview Party
  • Complimentary tickets for two to Texas Young Masters Program and VIP Reception

Members go on yearly trips together to celebrate and discover the cultural and artistic experiences each unique city has to offer. This past year, Texas Women for the Arts members enjoyed a trip to Philadelphia where they took a backstage tour of the Pennsylvania Ballet’s costume studio and eat at fabulous restaurants, such as Dante and Luigi’s and Parc, as well as have private tours of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. These trips are a chance for members from across the state to bond with each other and relish in their love for the arts while raising funds for arts and arts education programs.  There is also exclusive travel opportunities for Legacy Members.

Texas Women for the Arts plays a crucial role in the fostering and developing of grants across the state as well as programs of the Texas Cultural Trust. Grants include $26,000 to the Texas Young Masters Program and $26,000 to the Arts and Digital Literacy Programming, totaling more than $50,000. At their 11th Annual meeting in Amarillo earlier this year, $260,000 was awarded to 29 diverse arts programs across Texas which contributed to the sustainability and development of these programs.

To join Texas Women for the Arts, or to learn more about program, please click here.