The Texas Commission on the Arts Awards Rockport Cultural Arts District and Rockport Center for the Arts Grants for Cultural Arts Enhancements and Art Venues.


Rockport, Texas – (September 3, 2020) The Texas Commission on the Arts awarded The Rockport Cultural Arts District (RCAD) and the Rockport Center for the Arts (RCA) several grants to support and enhance their programs and initiatives in the District.


These grants, made possible by the establishment of the Rockport Cultural Arts District in 2016, were awarded in two categories, Cultural District Projects and Arts Respond awards.    Executive Director, Jennifer Day, notes, “These awards from the TCA recognize the collaboration that has been the hallmark of all of RCAD’s work with our partners, including RCA.  It also acknowledges how far the District has come in four years, even with a major hurricane and pandemic.”


RCAD received a Cultural District Project Grant toward the restoration of the landmark Rockport Railroad Depot.   RCAD’s visionary goal is to restore and utilize the historic San Antonio & Aransas Pass Depot as a main transportation hub for the Heritage and Cultural Arts District, as well as provide the opportunity for the required parking for the new Center for the Arts Complex.       The vision includes mobility options such as bicycle rentals, a trolley stop, parking and public bathrooms for downtown and beachfront businesses and venues.


Additionally, RCAD received an Arts Respond grant to assist in the commissioning, production and installation of a mural entitled “Boats, Bays and Birds,” to be painted by prominent local artist Steve Russell.  The theme is the continual inspiration of the Aransas Bay ecosystem and landscape for artists in the Rockport Art Colony from the forties to the present.   Day commented, “Murals are an important part of Cultural Districts around the State, and the two we’ve already installed have become very popular and recognizable part of the Downtown area with both locals and visitors.  Steve’s mural will be a prestigious addition to our mural initiatives.”


The Rockport Center for the Arts received a Cultural Arts District grant to support the July 2021 Art Festival.   RCA also received TCA grant awards for Arts Create and the Rockport Film Festival.


RCAD, designated as a Texas Cultural District by the Texas Commission on the Arts in September of 2016, is one of only 46 in the state and was the first in the Coastal Bend.   Other Districts around the State include the Dallas Arts District, the Houston Museum and Theater Districts, and the King William, Old Spanish Trail and Zona Cultural Districts in San Antonio.  The Rockport Cultural District focuses on preserving and promoting the unique cultural heritage of Rockport by sparking economic development and recognizing our visual, performing, culinary, cinematic and literary artists and organizations.  More information can be found at