Texas Women for the Arts Awards More Than $294,000 in Grants to Increase Access to the Arts

by Texas Cultural Trust

Texas Cultural Trust’s giving circle invests in arts education for children across Texas 

AUSTIN, TX (June 1, 2023) – Texas Women for the Arts, a program of the Texas Cultural Trust (TXCT), has selected 41 arts programs from across the state to receive more than $294,000 in funds for the 2023-2024 year. Texas Women for the Arts (TWA) is TXCT’s statewide membership group, composed of more than 200 philanthropic leaders across Texas. 

“Texas Women for the Arts has awarded 362 grants, totaling more than $4 million to arts programs across the state of Texas,” said Heidi Marquez Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Cultural Trust. “TWA remains an invaluable force in Texas, driving positive change and ensuring access to the arts for generations to come.” 

Cheryl Votzmeyer-Rios, the 2023 TWA Grants Chair, acknowledges the crucial role the organization has taken in creating a place for the arts within Texas, saying, “this program, an unwavering source of inspiration, provides crucial funding to nurture the artistic spirit within our communities. Through the collective dedication and support of this program, we can continue to build a brighter, more vibrant future for our state.”

Leslie Blanton, of Houston, is the Texas Women for the Arts Executive Committee Chair and expresses deep gratitude for the generous support of the organization’s donors. “It is truly an honor to be able to support 41 arts programs in 2023,” said Blanton. “The generosity of our members reiterates the importance of investing in arts education.”

The 2023 Texas Women for the Arts Impact Grantees are:

  • Alcorta’s Folklórico Diamante, Inc., Corpus Christi
  • Amphibian Stage, Fort Worth
  • Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington
  • Art Beat Foundation, Leander
  • Art Center of Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi
  • Arts for Rural Texas, Fayetteville
  • Arts Fort Worth, Fort Worth
  • Austin Classical Guitar, Austin
  • Beat 4 Beat, Austin
  • Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio
  • Casa Mañana, Inc., Fort Worth
  • Central Texas Philharmonic, Leander
  • Contemporary at Blue Star, San Antonio
  • Corpus Christi Symphony Society, Corpus Christi
  • Creative Action, Austin
  • Creative Kids, El Paso
  • Dallas Symphony Association, Inc., Dallas
  • Daphne Art Foundation, Laredo
  • El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation, El Paso
  • El Paso Pro-Musica, El Paso
  • El Paso Symphony Orchestra Assn., Inc., El Paso
  • Forklift Danceworks, Austin
  • Hope Stone, Inc., Houston
  • Inspire, Encourage, Achieve (IEA), Beaumont
  • International Museum of Art & Science, McAllen
  • ISHIDA Dance Company, Inc., Austin
  • K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi
  • Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association (LEPAA), Lubbock
  • Marfa Live Arts, Marfa
  • Musical Bridges Around the World, San Antonio
  • Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Spring
  • Revival Of Cultural Arts, Brownsville
  • Rising Stars Academy of Dance and Performing Arts/Nia’s Daughters Movement Collective, Houston
  • River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO), Houston
  • San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo
  • Sandal Gap Studio, Houston
  • The Hopeful Theatre Project, Euless
  • The Kindness Campaign, Austin
  • Van Cliburn Foundation, Inc., Fort Worth
  • Young Audiences, Inc. of Houston, Houston

Texas Women for the Arts 2023 Executive Committee:

  • Chair – Leslie Blanton, Houston 
  • Vice Chair – Linda LaMantia, Laredo 
  • Immediate Past Chair – Judy Robison, El Paso 
  • Governance Chair – Lisa Ivie Miller, Austin 
  • Governance Vice Chair – Lawton Cummings, Austin 
  • Grants Chair – Cheryl Redding-Votzmeyer, Corpus Christi 
  • Grants Vice Chair – Michelle Bonton, Houston 
  • Legacy Chair – Isha Rogers Santamaria, El Paso 
  • Legacy Vice Chair – Elia del Carmen Mares, El Paso 
  • Membership Co-Chair – Jessica Karlsruher, Austin 
  • Membership Co-Chair – Janna Paulson, Austin  
  • Membership Vice Co-Chair – Nina Seely, Austin 
  • Membership Vice Co-Chair – Eliza Duncan, Houston 
  • Nominating Chair – Sharron Buschman, Houston 
  • Nominating Vice Chair – Karen Foster, El Paso 
  • Travel Chair – Jan McKee, Fort Worth 
  • Travel Vice Chair – Natasa Valocchi, New York 
  • 2023 Annual Meeting Chair – Alexis Hunter, Corpus Christi 


TWA grant applications for 2024 will open for submission on October 1, 2023 and will close December 1, 2023. For more information on the Texas Cultural Trust and their Texas Women for the Arts program, please visit www.txculturaltrust.org.



The 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 organization include the Texas Medal of Arts Awards, Arts Access, Art Can, Texas Young Masters, Texas Women for the Arts, and Partners in the Arts. Efforts are amplified by supporters 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 the state. For more information, visit txculturaltrust.org. 


Danielle Firestone
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