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TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST CONVENES STATEWIDE ARTS EDUCATION TASK FORCE

More Than 30 of the State’s Top Academics, Educators, Advocates, Philanthropists and Leaders in Arts and Education Assemble to Describe Arts Education Access

The ​Texas Cultural Trust​, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to be the leading voice for the arts in education, advocacy and economic impact in Texas, recently launched the ​Arts Education Task Force ​to discuss and clarify what constitutes equitable access to arts education for Texas students ​with their first meeting Aug. 21 at The University of Texas at Austin. read more

TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES 2019 TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS

Tenth Biennial Event Spotlights Leaders and Luminaries of the Arts in Texas and Furthers the Trust’s Mission to Support the Arts and Promote its Impact on Education, the Economy and the Way of Life in Texas

Texas Cultural Trust’s signature and star-studded event, the Texas Medal of Arts Awards (TMAA), will return to Austin, Texas, in its tenth biennial year, on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 26–27, 2019, and will be held at various venues across the city including The Blanton Museum of Art and The Long Center for the Performing Arts.
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TEXAS WOMEN FOR THE ARTS, A PROGRAM OF THE TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST, TO AWARD 25 ARTS ORGANIZATIONS WITH 278K IN GRANTS AT 13TH ANNUAL MEETING IN FORT WORTH

Gene Chambers Jones to be recognized with 2018 Champion of the Arts Award

Texas Women for the Arts, a program of the Texas Cultural Trust, has selected 25 arts programs across the state to receive more than $278,000 in grants at their 13th Annual Meeting taking place May 7-9, 2018 in Fort Worth, TX. A giving circle of women united in supporting arts and arts education programs across the state, Texas Women for the Arts’ mission is to awaken and nurture the artist in every Texas child. This yearly grant initiative provides privately raised dollars to arts-related programs by providing meaningful funding to arts education programs across Texas. read more

2018 CLASS OF TEXAS YOUNG MASTERS TO BE PRESENTED AT AUSTIN’S ZACH THEATRE ON APRIL 16

Event Will Feature Performances and Work by Joe Ely, Conspirare, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Cruz Ortiz, Allen Robertson, and Texas Young Masters Alumni

  WHO: Texas Cultural Trust and Texas Commission on the Arts WHAT: Texas Cultural Trust and Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) will present the 2018 class of Texas Young Masters during an awards ceremony on April 16th at ZACH Theatre with honorary chair First Lady Cecilia Abbott and event chairs Ashley Covert, Gerardo Interiano, Maya Smart, and Natasa Valocchi.   read more

TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES 2019 TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS

Open Call for Nominations Begins March 5, 2018

The Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) is pleased to announce the 2019 Texas Medal of Arts Awards (TMAA) open call for nominations. This biennial event celebrates influential artists, entertainers, and art patrons of Texas through a series of events, culminating with a star-studded awards show and gala dinner, which will be held in Austin, Texas, in February 2019. read more

15 TEXAS STUDENTS SELECTED FOR 2018 YOUNG MASTERS CLASS

Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust Award Scholarship Grants to Outstanding Student Artists

Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) and the Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) are proud to announce the 2018 class of Texas Young Masters. Texas Young Masters, a joint initiative between the Trust and TCA, recognizes 8th through 11th grade students who demonstrate artistic excellence in dance, theater, film, music, media, and literary and visual arts. The program awards 15 students with $10,000 multi-year scholarships to enhance and build their professional artistic study and provide access to opportunities they otherwise might not have before college. The Trust celebrates a new class of Young Masters every biennium with an awards presentation to highlight their drive, talent, and creativity. read more

TEXAS CULTURAL TRUSTS KICKS OFF 2018 TEXAS YOUNG MASTERS CAUSEVOX CAMPAIGN

Texas Cultural Trust Aims to Raise $150,000 With Online Fundraising Campaign

Texas Cultural Trust, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to be the leading voice for the arts in education, advocacy, and economic impact in Texas, announced the launch of its CauseVox crowdfunding campaign benefiting the 2018 Texas Young Masters. The campaign kicks off today, Thursday, February 15, 2018 and runs through Monday, April 16, 2018. read more

TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST AWARDED $540,000 FROM HOUSTON ENDOWMENT

Art Can initiative bolsters research and advocacy for arts education in Texas

The Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) is pleased to announce an award of $540,000 from Houston Endowment in a multi-year grant to support Art Can, an arts education and economic research and advocacy initiative. The goal of Art Can is to improve arts education access and public support and awareness of the impact of arts in our state. In addition to expanding arts education research and data, the Trust will convene a Blue Ribbon Panel to define clear criteria for arts education access at the campus level. read more

TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Texas Leaders Join Statewide Board To Promote The Importance Of The Arts to Education And The Economy

As the arts continue to assert their importance to both our state’s economy and our children’s education, the Texas Cultural Trust, the state's most prominent arts advocacy organization appointed seven new leaders to their statewide Board of powerful Texans, heads of industry, arts supporters, and patrons.  Board members commit to serving for three years to help the Trust achieve its mission to be the leading voice for the arts in education, advocacy, and economic impact, spotlighting the artistic talent of Texas. read more

TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST AWARDS $25,000 IN GRANTS TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN FINE ARTS EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGICAL INSTRUCTION

The Texas Cultural Trust awarded 11 fine arts teachers a total of $25,000 in vital funding to implement the Arts & Digital Literacy (ADL) initiative in their schools. Digital literacy is the future of communication and ADL provides free, innovative, TEKS aligned online curricula to enhance fine arts learning through digital mediums.  This curricula transforms how fine arts teachers educate the youth of today and prepares them for the technologically advanced workforce of tomorrow.  The Classroom Technology Grants are awarded annually to certified fine arts teachers to help purchase technology or assist with expenses associated with implementing ADL curricula.  Since 2015, the Texas Cultural Trust has awarded more than $75,500 in 29 grants to 23 certified fine arts teachers.  ADL courses are being taught to over 5,000 students in 217 classrooms in 116 schools across the state.  read more

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 2018 YOUNG MASTERS CLASS

The Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust Will Award Grants to Outstanding Student Artists

The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) and the Texas Cultural Trust are accepting applications for the 2018 class of Young Masters, a joint initiative that provides exemplary Texas-based arts students in grades 8-11 with the financial help they need to pursue advanced study in the areas of visual arts, literary arts, music, theater, dance, musical theater, and media arts. read more

Heidi Marquez Smith Named New Executive Director Of The Texas Cultural Trust

Heidi Marquez Smith, an accomplished non-profit leader and experienced public servant, was named as the new Executive Director of the Texas Cultural Trust, a statewide arts advocacy organization that promotes the importance of the arts in education and economic impact.  Smith’s years leading the state’s most respected literary arts organization, the Texas Book Festival, as well as her experience working at the highest levels of government at the White House, make her the ideal person to lead the Trust and promote the arts on both a state and national level. read more

Vital Arts Programs At Risk In State Budget

In response to growing concerns over a lack of funding for Cultural Arts Districts and other key arts programs in the proposed state budget, the Texas Cultural Trust today issued the following statement:

"As a community, we are concerned about conversations at the national level, and here in Texas, where music, film and the cultural arts are being systematically eliminated from government budgets. This pattern gives us pause, not just because of the potential impact on our history, heritage and culture, but because of the enormous impact the arts have on our economy." read more

2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards Announces Full Schedule of Events

Debbie Allen to Host, Special Performances by GRAMMY© Award-Winning Conspirare, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, The Gatlin Brothers, and More

The Texas Cultural Trust has released the full program of events for the biennial 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards, scheduled for Tuesday, February 21 and Wednesday, February 22 in Austin. read more

2008 Young Master Recognized by Dallas Magazine

Our Texas Young Masters are always in the news.  Julie Cinquemani is a 2008  Texas rising star in Dance.  Originally from Dallas, Cinquemani was a dancer for the Los Angeles Ballet and has come full circle, returning to perform in Dallas Ballet’s,  The Nutcracker. Courtesy photo by David Harris of Time Frames Photography. read more

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY LAUNCHES ONLINE SURVEY FOR EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEEDS ACT (essa)

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently launched an online survey offering parents, taxpayers and the general public an avenue to provide input on the state’s implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA, which is the new federal law governing K-12 education and replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, returns a significant amount of decision-making on education policy to the states. read more

JOIN TEXAS WOMEN FOR THE ARTS

Help Awaken and Nurture the Artist in Every Texas Child

Texas Women for the Arts is an essential giving circle of the Texas Cultural Trust that unites the financial forces of Texas women in funding initiatives for the arts and arts education programs throughout the state. Each year, the Texas Women for the Arts has the opportunity to choose which programs their dollars will support through private fundraising efforts that include cultural trips in Texas and around the US, as well as an Annual Meeting where these vital dollars are awarded to grantees. Created by the Texas Cultural Trust and administered by the Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas Women for the Arts is a non-profit organization that makes a remarkable impact on the arts for our children and our proud Texas culture. Since its inception in 2005, Texas Women for the Arts has awarded $1.7 million in grants to 99 arts organizations, impacting more than a million children across the state. read more

TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST TO PRESENT 2016 CLASS OF TEXAS YOUNG MASTERS, ZACH THEATRE, APRIL 25

Featuring performances by Tosca String Quartet, The Peterson Brothers, Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy Chorus; Special presentations by honorary chair First Lady Cecilia Abbott & Special Guest Holland Taylor

The Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) is pleased to present the 2016 Texas Young Masters event, on April 25th at ZACH Theatre with honorary chair First Lady Cecilia Abbott and special guest Holland Taylor.  The Texas Young Masters is a joint initiative with the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) awarding 8th through 11th grade students scholarship grants of $5,000 a year for two years, and recognizing artistic excellence in students across all artistic disciplines - from dance, literary arts, and media arts/film, to music, theater, musical theater, and visual arts.  Since its inception in 2002, the TCT and TCA have given 263 grants to 124 previous Young Masters, awarding $707,500 to aspiring artists from across the state. Tickets on sale soon.  For more information, visit www.txculturaltrust.org. read more

TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES SELECTION COMMITTEE FOR 2017 TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS

Biennial Event Spotlights Texas’s Leaders & Luminaries of the Arts in Texas

Over 35 of the state’s most prominent individuals and influencers in the Texas arts community have been selected to participate in the selection committee for the 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards (TMAA). Since its inception in 2001, the biennial Awards have awarded 96 medals to 105 Texas leaders and luminaries who have achieved greatness through their creative talents, as well as those whose generosity has opened doors to artistic opportunity for Texans of all ages. In its ninth biennial year, the 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 21 – 22, 2016, in Austin, Texas. read more

15 STUDENTS NAMED TEXAS YOUNG MASTERS

Texas Cultural Trust To Present 2016 Class At Zach Theatre, April 25, 2016

The Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) and the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) are proud to announce that 15 of the state’s most gifted rising stars, representing a diverse array of artistic talent have been chosen for the 2016 Class of Texas Young Masters. This list includes high school students in creative disciplines from Indian classical dance to mixed media visual arts, from Plano to Lubbock to Sugarland. The Texas Young Masters is a joint initiative between the Trust and TCA that awards 8th through 11th grade students scholarship grants of $5,000 a year for two years. The program recognizes excellence in students across all artistic disciplines, including dance, literary arts, media arts/film, music, theater, musical theater, literary and visual arts. Since its inception in 2002, the TCT and TCA have given 278 grants to 139 Young Masters, awarding $857,500 to aspiring artists from across the state. The star-studded event will take place on Monday, April 25, 2016, at ZACH Theatre in Austin, Texas, with an Opening Reception at 6:00 pm, a private VIP reception sponsored by Texas Monthly at 6:00 pm, and show at 7:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased by calling the ZACH Theatre Box Office at 512.476.0541 or by visiting the Texas Cultural Trust website at www.txculturaltrust.org. read more

TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST AWARDED MORE THAN $750,000 FROM HOUSTON ENDOWMENT

Invest in the Arts. The Arts Perform Campaign continues, focusing on access to arts education in Texas

The Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) is pleased to announce an award of $777,200 from the Houston Endowment in a multi-year grant to support the Invest in the Arts. The Arts Perform advocacy campaign.  The overall goal of the campaign is to improve public support of funding for the arts and arts education in the public schools.  The 2012 campaign showcased the economic impact the arts have on the state.  The 2014 campaign built on that research to also highlight the impact arts education has on Texas students.  With this grant, the Trust will be able to uncover, district-by-district, the access Texas public school children currently have to arts education.  This is the largest single private gift the Trust has received since its inception in 1995.  This initiative advances the Trust’s mission to be the leading voice for the arts in education, advocacy, and economic impact in Texas, spotlighting the artistic excellence of our state.  The Texas Cultural Trust is committed to increasing access to arts education for all students in Texas. read more

THE TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST RELEASES FIRST EVER STATEWIDE DATA ON ACCESS TO ARTS EDUCATION IN TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Data Fuels New “Art Can” Campaign to Push for More Arts Education

The Texas Cultural Trust today announced that now, for the first time, Texans have a full picture of what access to arts education looks like in every public school district in the state. The data is the centerpiece of a new campaign called “Art Can” that highlights the importance of arts education and provides Texas parents with information about the availability of the arts in their children’s schools. Presented on a robust new website, www.ArtCanTexas.org, the comprehensive data set includes information on three separate aspects of arts access including arts credits earned, certified arts teachers, and the variety of arts courses offered in each public school district. read more

TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST AWARDS $26,000 TO 10 TEACHERS ACROSS THE STATE TO IMPLEMENT INNOVATIVE ARTS & DIGITAL LITERACY INITIATIVE

Classroom Technology Grants Helps Fine Arts Teachers Meaningfully Integrate Technology In Classroom

The Texas Cultural Trust has awarded 10 fine arts teachers across the state a total of $26,000 to significantly incorporate the use of technology into their artistic classroom.  The Trust’s Arts & Digital Literacy Initiative, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts is an innovative curriculum that bridges technological instruction with fine arts education.  The Arts and Digital Literacy is a series of project based Fine Arts courses for high school students that establish the connection between fine arts education and digital media.  The courses count as fine arts credit required for graduation and are available for free download at www.txartandmedia.orgSince the Classroom Technology Grant’s inception in 2015, the Texas Cultural Trust has awarded over $50,000 to 19 deserving Fine Arts teachers across the state.  Learn more about the Arts & Digital Literacy Initiative by watching this video. read more

TEXAS WOMEN FOR THE ARTS GRANTS A QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS TO ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAMS ACROSS THE STATE

29 Arts Organization Chosen to Help Awaken and Nurture the Artist in Every Texas Child

Texas Women for the Arts (TWA) selected 29 arts programs across the state to receive a total of $260,000 in grants at their 11th Annual Meeting in Amarillo this month. A private giving circle of women united in supporting arts and arts education programs across the state, Texas Women for the Arts’ mission is to awaken and nurture the artist in every Texas child. This yearly grant initiative provides privately raised dollars to arts-related programs by providing meaningful funding to arts education programs across Texas. Since its inception in 2005, Texas Women for the Arts has awarded $1.7 million in grants to 99 arts organizations, impacting more than a million children across the state. read more

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