$5 million granted to Texas Commission on the Arts for a total of $10 million for TCA Cultural District grants

Rockport, Texas – (June 17, 2019) Texans for the Arts drove the legislative strategy in the 86th Texas Legislative Session that led to the single most substantial increase and the largest total budget for the Texas Commission on the Arts in the agency’s history.

The final budget approved in the 86th for the Texas Commission on the Arts is $16,443,083 for 2019-2020 and $11,493,038 for 2020-2021. These funds include a restoration of $5 million initially appropriated in the 84th Session and cut in the 85th Session, and an additional increase of $5 million for a total of $10 million for the TCA’s Cultural District grant program, and a new $250,000 for the TCA’s Arts Respond grants that expressly fund programs that use the arts as a means for healing in working with veterans and active duty service men and women and their families.

Rockport Center for the Arts is eligible to apply for these Art Respond grant funds for the upcoming year. TCA’s release shared, “These funds will make a significant difference in the Texas Commission on the Arts’ capacity to reach even more citizens across the state with dynamic, engaging, thoughtful and community enriching cultural and arts programming.”

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