An aggressive effort is afoot to reframe the Texas Commission on the Arts as an engine for economic development and to give Texas’ designated cultural districts access to existing state incentive funds. “We’re being underutilized,” said Gary Gibbs, the commission’s executive director. “We have great potential to benefit the state."Full Story
The Texas Commission on the Arts raises funds and awards grants to support the arts in Texas.
TCA grants are awarded for production, performance, exhibitions and cultural organizations. They also go toward arts education.
The agency also runs publicity campaigns to promote the arts and tourism in Texas.
The TCA seeks funding from the public and private sector. The agency ...
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