Austin Film Society
Austin Film Society

National Endowment for the Arts today announced it has recommended American Rescue Plan (ARP) awards totaling $57 million to 567 arts organizations to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic.

Some 25 Texas arts groups received a total of $2.55 million. The Austin area groups are:

  • Austin Film Society — $150,000
  • Cine Las Americas — $100,000
  • Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts — $50,000
  • Texas Folklife Resources — $50,000

“We are extremely grateful to the NEA for awarding this grant which will allow us to continue our mission of making global and independent film and filmmaking accessible and equitable to the entire community,” said Austin Film Society CEO Rebecca Campbell.

“As we rebuild from the past two years, this funding will be essential to AFS’ efforts to deliver the highest quality and culturally relevant programming, increase opportunities for underserved communities, welcome new audiences, and keep Austin a vibrant, thriving creative hub.”

Funding must be used to save jobs, and to fund operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation.


The American Rescue Plan was signed into law in March 2021 and included $135 million for the National Endowment for the Arts for the arts sector. This is the third installment of ARP funding.

A complete the list of awards is at www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/ARP-Grants