NEH awards Texas over $2 Million in CARES Act Grants

Austin's Mexic-Arte Museum receives $100,000; Museum of Fine Arts-Houston awarded $175,000


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $40.3 million in new CARES Act economic stabilization grants to support essential operations at more than 300 cultural institutions across the country.

Texas was awarded over $2 million.

As a state and jurisdictional humanities council, Humanities Texas received $1,072,800 to distribute as emergency relief to cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus.

And $1,005,663 was awarded to nine organizations across the state.

In Austin, Mexic-Arte Museum received $100,000 for the retention of five jobs, the hiring of a contractor, and stipends for five humanities scholars to catalog and digitize a collection of over 800 recently acquired artworks and reference materials focusing on the U.S./Mexico Border and to develop an online exhibition and educational program using the collection.

Texas Folklife Resources, which is based in Austin, received $50,000 for the retention of five full-time staff and creation of five additional staff and contractor positions to digitize archival collections and to develop map-based online exhibits.

Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts received $175,000 to create digital experiences about a newly-constructed building dedicated to displaying modern and contemporary art.

And the University of Houston was awarded $135,687 for the retention of the three leadership roles of the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage program.

The University of Dallas received $299,068 for the retention of 22 positions in the core curriculum, language and literature courses, journalism, and a writing lab.

See a complete list of NEH grants at

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