Texas Women for the Arts Opens 2021 Grant in Support of Local Arts Organizations

by Texas Cultural Trust

Grant to Fund Texas’ Arts Education Programs

AUSTIN, TX (October 1, 2020) – Texas Women for the Arts​ (TWA), a membership program of the ​Texas Cultural Trust​, today announced the opening of its 2021 grant application. Applications will be invited and accepted through December 1, 2020, 5 p.m. (CST).

Through this grant, and since its inception in 2005, TWA has distributed more than $2.9 million to over 200 Texas organizations. Applications must be sponsored by a current member of TWA and must reflect their mission to “awaken and nurture the artist in every Texas child.” Organizations are encouraged to identify and request sponsorship from local TWA members. Applicants can submit their grant proposals through the Texas Cultural Trust website.

TWA unites the financial forces of more than 240 Texas women, annually, in support of arts education programs. These influential women represent all corners of the state and their investments have impacted more than a million Texas children. The program is currently accepting membership renewals and welcomes new membership applications. To join or learn more about the program, visit ​txculturaltrust.org/texas-women-for-the-arts.

Texas Women for the Arts is led by:

Judy Robison, El Paso – Chair
Linda LaMantia, Laredo – Vice-Chair
Leslie Blanton, Houston – Immediate Past Chair
Lisa Ivie Miller, Austin – Membership Chair
Janis Brous, Fort Worth and Charlotte Tripplehorn, Fort Worth – Membership Vice-Chairs
Isha Rogers Santamaria, El Paso – Nominating Chair
Sharron Buschman, Houston – Nominating Vice-Chair
Eleanor Lemak, Dallas – 2020 Annual Meeting Chair
Nancy Seliger, Amarillo – Grants Chair
Sharon McCullough, Dallas – Grants Vice-Chair
Eliza Duncan, Houston – Governance Chair
Chrissy Kleberg, Austin – Governance Vice-Chair
Tania Schwartz, El Paso – Board Liaison
Sara Morgan, Houston – Legacy Chair
Leslie Blanton, Houston – Legacy Vice-Chair
Laura Matz, Austin – Travel Chair
Jan McKee, Fort Worth – Travel Vice-Chair

Recipients of the 2020 Texas Women for the Arts Grant include:

Alley Theatre, Houston
American Festival for the Arts (AFA), Houston
Art Center of Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi
Austin Bat Cave, Austin
Austin Soundwaves, Austin
Big Thought, Dallas
Center City of Amarillo Inc., Amarillo
Center for Child Protection, Austin
Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, Dallas
Creative Action, Austin
Creative Kids, El Paso
Cypress Creek Fine Art Association, Spring
The Dallas Winds, Dallas
El Paso Symphony Orchestra Assn., Inc., El Paso
Graham Regional Theatre, Graham
Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston
Imagination Fort Worth, Fort Worth
K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi
Lubbock Arts Alliance, Lubbock
Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Lubbock
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth
Newspring, Houston
Odessa Arts, Odessa
The Periwinkle Foundation, Houston
Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth
Texas Book Festival, Austin
Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas
Texas Cultural Trust, Texas
Victoria Bach Festival Association, Victoria
Window On a Wider World, Amarillo


Texas Cultural Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and increasing access and awareness for the arts across the state. Programs of the Texas Cultural Trust include the Texas Medal of Arts Awards, Art Can, Texas Young Masters, Texas Women for the Arts, Partners in the Arts, and Arts Access. Texas Cultural Trust efforts are amplified by its partners who are instrumental in the success of leading a cohesive voice for the arts in education, advocacy, and economic impact in Texas, spotlighting the artistic excellence of our state. For more information, visit txculturaltrust.org.

Texas Women for the Arts (TWA) is a statewide giving circle and membership program. Since its inception in 2005, this philanthropic force and champion for the arts in education has awarded over $2.9 million to more than 200 arts organizations, impacting more than a million Texas children. For more information, visit ​txculturaltrust.org/texas-women-for-the-arts​.

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