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The Arts Access program examines the needs and opportunities to increase access to the arts, culture, and arts education for all Texans by providing resources, programming, and financial support through the work and initiatives of the Texas Cultural Trust. This program is a collective of resources to increase access to the arts and includes the Trust’s Arts and Digital Literacy curriculum.

Arts Education Classroom Resources

Arts and Digital Literacy Curriculum: The Texas Cultural Trust, in partnership with The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts, created an innovative suite of classes that bridges the gap between traditional fine arts education and technological instruction.

Career Exploration in the Arts Curriculum: Units of study designed for the high school classroom in art, dance, music, and theatre. These units explore the many career options in the fine arts and how arts education prepares students for success in any career.

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Arts Access Grants

Arts Access Grants: Funding professional arts experiences for children. Grants will fund campus visits from professional visual and performing artists or provide transportation and admissions fees for student field trips to visual and performing arts experiences.

First Year Teacher Grants: Supporting first year arts teachers to seek employment in low arts access, Title I schools. Increasing arts access to our underserved communities. Grant Application is open from July to August.

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Texas Women for the Arts Grants: The mission of Texas Women for the Arts (TWA) is to awaken and nurture the artist in every Texas child. The TWA Grants support arts and arts education programs for children.

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Texas Young Masters Grants: A joint program between the Texas Cultural Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA), Texas Young Masters awards scholarship grants to deserving young artists in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literary arts, and other artistic disciplines.

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Advocacy Resources

Art Can: Through Art Can, the Trust conducts research and produces and publishes data quantifying the economic and educational impact of the arts in Texas. Art Can analyzes employment and wages within the creative sector, along with tax revenue and tourism spending pertaining to arts and culture.

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Arts Education Task Force: The Arts Education Task Force (AETF) aligns the arts education communities across Texas to create a unified voice for arts education policy, advocacy, and best practices. The AETF identifies legislative priorities, coordinates messaging, and implements a strategic plan to support meaningful arts education policy.

State of the Arts Report

It’s a proven fact: arts education brings out BIG things in Texas students. Art Can improve student performance, build a 21st century workforce and power the Texas Economy.

Art Can Map

Texas Arts Education Access Data. Does your child’s school make the grade?

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