Texas Commission On The Arts Awards Grants In 115 Cities

By: 
JOSEPH GRANT
Editor

The APPLAUSE Series was awarded a grant of $4500 to help fund Asleep at the Wheel for APPLAUSE SERIES’ Western Heritage concert Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium.
Sweetwater VFW also was approved for 2 grants this quarter , the first being for Bobby Flores, also on Sat, November 3 at the VFW.
Mila Gibson of Sweetwater is one of 7 Commissioners for the Arts. She is Secretary of the Commission. According to the The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) press release, The TCA has approved funding of 802 grants in its first funding round for fiscal year 2019. The grants total over $4 million and will go to nonprofits and units of government in 115 cities. These grants include all of the Arts Create program grants, the first of two funding rounds for the Arts Respond Project program, the quarterly Arts Respond Performance Support program, and the quarterly Commission Initiatives and Designated Funding category.
“We are pleased to be able to provide support for so many quality arts activities across the state,” said Gary Gibbs, executive director of TCA. “The substantial work that our grantees are doing not only advances the creative economy in Texas, but provides valuable art experiences for Texans in rural communities, schools, hospitals, social service settings, military facilities and more.” For the full list of grants organized by city, please visit http://www.arts.texas.gov/cities19/cities/.
TCA Commissioners also approved the designation of four new cultural districts. Cultural districts are special zones that harness the power of cultural resources to stimulate economic development and community revitalization. These districts can become focal points for generating business, attracting tourists, stimulating cultural development and fostering civic pride. The new cultural districts are the Canadian Cultural District, the Historic Downtown McKinney Cultural District, the Old Spanish Trail Cultural Corridor in San Antonio, and the Sherman Cultural District. This designation brings the total number of cultural districts in Texas to 40.

Arts Create grants
Provide year-round operational support to Texas arts organizations with budgets over $50,000
For fiscal year 2019, 373 Arts Create grants totaling over $3 million are allocated to 373 orga

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