Why We’re Here Is Simple

The mission and objectives of the District are to strengthen and preserve Rockport’s unique reputation as a significant artistic community and be a resource for residents and visitors. The District’s goals are focused on continued economic development through marketing the many facets of tourism within the District.

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Rockport Cultural Art District Goals

  • Enhance economic development of the downtown in Rockport’s Cultural Arts District through marketing the unique cultural heritage of Rockport
  • Participate in value-added activities that leverage the mission of partner non-profits, visual, performing, culinary and literary artists
  • Create an identity for RCAD which builds on the distinct nature of the district- the Harbor front, historic downtown, individual cultural institutions and natural environment of the bay- and results in attracting new visitors, creative entrepreneurs and residents to Rockport in revitalizing our community
  • Expand the awareness of Rockport Cultural Arts District as a central neighborhood of the Rockport-Fulton and Aransas County region which has been a major Texas coastal resource since the 1800’s

Contact Information
Mail: 902 E. Cornwall Street, Rockport, TX 78382
email: info@culturalartsdistrict.com


Meeting Information
The Rockport Cultural Art District Board meets every 3rd Thursday of the month at 9:30 AM at the Rockport SAAP Railroad Depot, 105 S. Magnolia Street, Rockport, TX 78382.   NOTE: DUE TO COVID 19 – Board meetings will be held virtually until further notice.   Please contact Jennifer Day at 214-395-7156 for dial in information.

Board of Directors

  • President Warren Hassinger
  • 1st Vice President Debra Strothman
  • 2nd Vice President Donnie Garcia
  • Treasurer Nick Johnson
  • Secretary Michell Mcmahon
  • Monica Clark
  • Pam Heard
  • Michelle Simmons
  • Connie Garcia*in loving memory
  • Deborah Karowski
  • Bonnie Carlisle
  • Audrianna Rios
  • Vicki Comisso

Advisory Board

  • Stan Armstrong
  • Kay Betz
  • Paula Dean
  • Malcolm Diekow
  • Joellen Simmons
  • David Swartout
  • Susan Wax

City Liaison

  • Mike Saski, Council Member Ward 1
  • Andrea Hattman, Alternate, Council Member Ward 3

Executive Director

  • Jennifer Day
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texas commission on the arts

The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) recognizes that a thriving creative sector is a powerful economic development asset. We designate cultural districts as special zones that harness the power of cultural resources to stimulate economic development and community revitalization. These districts can become focal points for generating businesses, attracting tourists, stimulating cultural development and fostering civic pride.

Texas Commission on the Arts


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