H-E-B’s Winell Herron wants to make art accessible for everyone

By Amber Elliott

Winell Herron has never forgotten her first ballet. She thinks back to her 6-year-old self, seeing “The Nutcracker” with her mother in Austin, and how moments like that can really change the trajectory of a person’s life.

“It was transformative; I got involved in dance classes after that,” Herron says. “I still see that magic today — kids’ eyes get big, their mouths hang open. A lot of people take that feeling for granted.”

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El Paso response to mass-shooting shows power of arts in helping a community heal

By Renard Johnson

In the wake of the horror and pain of last month’s shooting, our community has come together to heal as one. From a deeply moving memorial at Walmart in honor of those so tragically lost, to the El Paso Strong murals and signs strewn all across our city, we haven’t had to endure this pain alone. We’ve had each other, and by and large, we’ve expressed our emotions through art: photographs, drawings, poems, music and crosses created in honor of loved ones. read more

The best, most creative leaders in any field have a background in the arts

By Charles Matthews|Contributor

A key and often overlooked benefit of exposure to the arts is that it fosters out-of-the-box thinking skills. These skills, such as creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and collaboration, are precisely what we need to build a stronger workforce, a report from the Partnership for 21st Century Learning found. read more

Why we need to invest in Texas arts

By Heidi Marquez Smith

It’s true that art can be priceless, but in Texas, we measure its value: $5.59 billion. That’s how much the arts and culture industry generated in taxable sales for our state in 2017, totaling nearly $350 million in tax revenue. According to the 2019 State of the Arts report — which the Texas Cultural Trust’s Art Can program produces biennially to quantify the current impact of the arts statewide — taxable revenue generated by our creative sector has grown 15.5% over the past decade. read more

TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBER AND KEY HIRES

Winell Herron of Houston Is Appointed to Texas Cultural Trust’s Board of Directors, Brenda Bogue Joins as Director of Development, and Christina Rupp Joins as Communications Manager

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, is pleased to announce three new additions to its team: Winell Herron of Houston to its board of directors, Brenda Bogue as director of development, and Christina Rupp as communications manager. read more

TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST RELEASES 2019 STATE OF THE ARTS REPORT

New Data on Statewide Impact of the Arts Reports $5.59 Billion Generated in 2017

The Texas Cultural Trust today unveiled the 2019 State of the Arts Report. The report demonstrates the impact the arts have in shaping the cultural, economic and educational future of Texas. The report was released in conjunction with Arts Advocacy Day at the Texas Legislature. The Texas Cultural Trust’s Art Can program conducts research and analyzes data to quantify the impact the arts have on the state. The 2019 report proves that the arts lead to higher student achievement, greater graduation rates, are a powerful boost to the Texas economy, prepares a 21st century workforce, and improve overall health and well-being. read more

TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP OF HONOREES AND EVENTS FOR 2019 TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS

Newly Announced Honorees Include Conspirare, Jennifer Holliday and Boz Scaggs

The Texas Cultural Trust announced their complete list of honorees to receive the prestigious Texas Medal of Arts Award. The Texas Medal of Arts Awards (TMAA) is the signature fundraising event of the Texas Cultural Trust, celebrating the creative and artistic excellence of Texas while promoting and supporting the arts. The 10th biennial TMAA celebration will take place February 26-27 in Austin, Texas. read more

TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST REVEALS ANOTHER DISTINGUISHED GROUP OF HONOREES FOR TENTH BIENNIAL TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS

Matthew McConaughey, Mark Seliger, and Trenton Doyle Hancock Will Be Honored at the TMAA, February 26-27, 2019

The Texas Cultural Trust has announced additional honorees for the tenth biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards (TMAA) to be held February 26-27,
2019, in Austin, Texas. Following the reveal of honorees including fashion designer Brandon Maxwell, author and screenwriter Stephen Harrigan, architects Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar and the Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts earlier this month, the Trust has revealed the names of three more distinguished Texans to receive the Texas Medal of Arts Award in 2019. read more

TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Ito Deutsch of McAllen, Renard Johnson of El Paso and Gay Gaddis and Darrell Windham of Austin Join the Texas Non-Profit’s Board of Directors

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, has announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors, including Ito Deutsch, Gay Gaddis, Renard Johnson and Darrell Windham. The Texas Cultural Trust’s Board of Directors is a statewide governing board comprised of industry and business leaders, arts patrons, and artists, all passionate about the impact and utilization of the arts to benefit the state of Texas. read more

TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES FIRST GROUP OF HONOREES FOR TENTH BIENNIAL TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS

The Texas Cultural Trust announced today the first honorees for the tenth biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards (TMAA) taking place February 26- 27, 2019, in Austin, Texas.

Among the Texans to be honored at the 2019 event are fashion designer Brandon Maxwell for Design; novelist, journalist, and screenwriter Stephen Harrigan for Literary Arts; architects Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar for Architecture; and the Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts for Arts Education. read more

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