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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