Arts Education Task Force

Advocacy for Equitable Arts Education

The Texas Cultural Trust convened the Arts Education Task Force to discuss and clarify what constitutes equitable access in arts education for Texas students. Funded by Houston Endowment and The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts, the Arts Education Task Force is comprised of more than 30 of the state’s top academics, educators, advocates, philanthropists, and leaders from the fields of the arts and arts education, including Dr. Doug Dempster, Dean at The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts; Professor Roxanne Schroder-Arce, Director of the UTeach Fine Arts program in the College of Fine Arts; Dr. Brent Hasty, Executive Director of MINDPOP; Dr. Gary Gibbs, Executive Director of Texas Commission on the Arts; Florence Shapiro, former Texas Senator; Long Chu, Program Officer at Houston Endowment; and Barbara Cargill, member of the State Board of Education.

Monthly meetings between August and October 2018 concluded in the creation of an evaluation tool to be used by campus and district administrators to identify levels of arts access in education. Members of the Task Force have piloted the tool and additional pilot studies are currently being conducted across Texas. Once the rubric has been tested, our hope is the rubric will be used by the Texas Education Agency and district administrators to evaluate levels of arts education access across Texas and support growth and advocacy for equitable arts education.

Arts Education Task Force Members

Christopher Anderson, Arlington ISD

Kris Andrews, Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts

Barbara Cargill, State Board of Education

Sara Chapman, Texas Art Education Association

Cinda Christian, MindPOP

Long Chu, Houston Endowment

Denise Cochran, Texas Dance Educators Association

Doug Dempster, The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts

Bruce Esterline, The Meadows Foundation

Gary Gibbs, Texas Commission on the Arts

Risa Ginther, Texas Parent Teachers Association

Charles Glover, The Meadows Foundation

Ann Graham, Texans for the Arts

Brent Hasty, MindPOP

Travis James, TXP

JD Janda, Texas Music Administrators Conference, Tomball ISD

Mary Lou Johnson, Texas Dance Educators Association

Paul Kretchmer, Texas Art Educators Association

Linda LaMantia, Texas Cultural Trust

Julie Linn, Shapiro Linn Strategic Consulting

Deborah Lugo, Arts Connect Houston

Mary Curry Mettenbrink, Young Audiences of Houston

Patricia Moreno, Texas Music Administrators Conference

Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds, ExcelinED

Judy Robison, Texas Cultural Trust

Wenden Sanders, Houston ISD

Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, The University of Texas at Austin UTeach Fine Arts

Carla Schumann, Texas Educational Theatre Association

Tina Seaman, Texas Council of Women School Executives

Florence Shapiro, Shapiro Linn Strategic Consulting

Michelle Smith, Raise Your Hand Texas

Heidi Marquez Smith, Texas Cultural Trust

David Stevens, University Interscholastic League

Julia Webber, Eanes ISD