NEA awards Texas arts groups $2.1 million in latest round of grants


In its second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2019, the National Endowment for the Arts announces $80.4 million for 1,114 new awards located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and four U.S. jurisdictions.

Texas received 45 grants totaling $2,117,500. Of that $1,027,500 goes to the Texas Commission on the Arts to support its arts programs, services, and activities associated with carrying out the agency’s National Endowment for the Arts-approved strategic plan.

The NEA grants recipients in Central Texas are:

  • Austin Chamber Music Center: $35,000 to support year-round chamber music instruction
  • Austin Classical Guitar: $72,000 to support a classical guitar education program
  • Austin Film Society: $30,000 to support artistic and professional development programs for independent media makers
  • Austin Opera: $15,000 to support performances of “Everest” by composer Joby Talbot and librettist Gene Scheer
  • Austin Symphony Orchestra: $20,000 to support Connecting with Music, an educational initiative for school students
  • Big Medium: $25,000 to support the Texas Biennial
  • Collide Arts: $40,000 to support “Sound Garden,” a season of performances, workshops, and interactive installations that explore the connection between native plants and sound
  • Conspirare: $35,000 to support a recording project of music for chorus and guitars
  • The Contemporary Austin: $30,000 to support the exhibition “The Sorcerer’s Burden,” and an accompanying catalogue.
  • Forklift Danceworks: $15,000 to support “Watershed Dances,” an artistic residency with the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department
  • Mindpop: $48,000 to support professional development and career opportunities for emerging and practicing teaching artists.
  • Mindpop: $20,000 to support a study examining relationships between schools and arts partners participating in a collective impact arts education project.
  • Museum of Human Achievement: $10,000, to support a film series, a concert series, and arts workshops
  • Texas Folklife Resource: $30,000, to support Stories from “Deep in the Heart,” a folklore and media education and distribution program
  • Texas State University – San Marcos: $10,000 to support the Texas State University Black and Latino Playwrights Conference

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