Tribpedia: Texas Commission On The Arts

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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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State Encouraged to Use Arts as Economic Development

At the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Mary Fredrickson, left, an art conservator, discusses restoration work she's doing with Laura Huckaby, the museum's collections manager.
At the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Mary Fredrickson, left, an art conservator, discusses restoration work she's doing with Laura Huckaby, the museum's collections manager.

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."

Gov. Rick Perry's Symbolic Cuts and His Real Ones

If you’re going to make a bunch of people mad, you should make sure you’re getting something for it. The proposed budget cuts Gov. Rick Perry laid out in his State of the State speech — defunding the states arts and historical commissions, for example — are more symbolic than lucrative and trivialize the cuts that are being made elsewhere in state services and programs.

Cow John and Old Ruidoso by Robert Summers. On display at the White Horse Station, a coffeeshop, event space, and art gallery, in Clifton, Texas.
Cow John and Old Ruidoso by Robert Summers. On display at the White Horse Station, a coffeeshop, event space, and art gallery, in Clifton, Texas.

Perry: Defund Texas Arts, Historical Commissions

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Gov. Rick Perry suggests that lawmakers should suspend funding to two state agencies — the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Historical Commission — because they don’t provide “mission-critical” services. But what do they do? What won’t get done without them? And would eliminating the Historical Commission actually invite federal intervention?

Texas Study Stresses Economic Progress Through Art

Creative industries — from advertising to dance companies to book publishing — generate $4.5 billion per year in economic activity for Texas, according to a new report released by the Texas Cultural Trust in association with the Texas Commission on the Arts. The report features projects in communities like Amarillo, El Paso, Rockport, Texarkana and the tiny, north central Texas town of Clifton, population 3,795. “It’s more than fluff,” says Amy Barbee, the Trust's executive director. “We want to tell the story that the arts truly are economic development.”