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

TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST RECEIVES $60,000 FROM THE MEADOWS FOUNDATION FOR ARTS & DIGITAL LITERACY PROGRAM

Grant to fund teacher training for low-performing schools with innovative art & technology curriculum engaging at-risk students

Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) is pleased to announce a matching grant from The Meadows Foundation.  The grant of $60,000 will provide support to high school fine arts teachers from low performing schools to use the Trust’s Arts & Digital Literacy initiative, an innovative arts and technology curriculum for engaging at-risk students.  This funding will help serve 100 additional Texas teachers, as well as provide ongoing support to more than 800 trained teachers at the Arts & Digital Literacy Institute:  Digital Pioneers, scheduled for August 1-3, 2016, at the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center.  For more information, visit www.txculturaltrust.org.

This is the language Judy J suggested using when referring to these schools: “Texas Cultural Trust and the Meadows Foundation are committed to helping students most at risk in the state. In reviewing high school data on accountability index 2, we found that students in these schools might benefit from the program.” read more

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