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August 11, 2020

Humanities Texas Awards $1.1 million in NEH Relief Grants

Austin and statewide arts organizations receive grants from the humanities agency

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Humanities Texas has awarded $1.1 million in relief grants to 198 organizations.

Money for the relief grants comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The grants — which were awarded on a rolling, first-received first-awarded basis — can be used for both operating and programming expenses, enabling recipients to pay overhead costs, retain staff, shift in-person programming to online, and make resources available to those who depend on them for education and connection.

A number of Austin arts organizations received the grants from Humanities Texas including Ballet Austin, Blanton Museum of Art, Contemporary Austin, Mexic-Arte Museum and Umlauf Museum and Sculpture Garden.

“This is a time of widespread hurt for the many cultural organizations in our state that provide beauty, insight, and inspiration in both good times and bad,” said Chase Untermeyer of Houston, chair of the Humanities Texas board of directors.

The CARES Act designated $75 million to both National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) received, while $50 million went to the Institute of Museum and Library Services.



The NEA and NEH recently announced their emergency funding awards.

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See a complete of Humanities Texas grantees here.

Organizations in the greater Austin area receiving Humanities Texas are:

  • Austin Film Society — $7,500
  • Austin PBS — $3,500
  • Austin Public Library Friends FoundationAustin — $7,500
  • Ballet Austin — $5,000
  • Blanton Museum of Art — $10,000
  • Bullock Texas State History Museum — $10,000
  • Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos (San Marcos) — $2,500
  • The Contemporary Austin — $10,000
  • Friends of the Texas Historical Commission — $2,500
  • Friends of the Pound House Foundation (Dripping Springs) — $2,500
  • Gault School for Archaeological Research — $1,500
  • German-Texan Heritage Society — $2,500
  • Jourdan Bachman Pioneer Farm — $7,500
  • Mexic-Arte Museum — $5,000
  • Neill-Cochran House Museum — $5,000
  • PolkaWorks — $2,500
  • Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance — $5,000
  • Texas After Violence Project — $1,500
  • Texas Archeological Society (San Marcos) — $2,500
  • Texas Archive of the Moving Image — $10,000
  • Texas Association of Museum — $7,500
  • Texas Book Festival — $10,000
  • Texas FolklifeAustin — $5,000
  • Texas Military Forces Historical Foundation — $5,000
  • Texas Nafas — $2,500
  • Texas State Historical Association $5,000
  • Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum — $5,000
  • Waterloo Greenway Conservancy — $10,000

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Jeanne Claire van Ryzinhttps://sightlinesmag.org
An award-winning arts journalist, Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the founder and editor-in-chief of Sightlines.

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