The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) has approved funding of 976 grants in its first funding round for fiscal year 2022. The grants total more than $11.6 million and will go to nonprofits and units of government in 121 Texas cities.
“We are honored and humbled to provide these grants to help sustain the Texas arts industry, which has been economically devastated by COVID-19. Over the last 18 months, we have seen many arts organizations and artists find creative and flexible ways to bridge distances and to find new ways of conducting their work and connecting communities. The arts have brought much comfort and means of expression to people across our state,” said Gary Gibbs, executive director of TCA.
“However, it is important to note that most organizations and artists are not making the money they were before the pandemic. We are proud to invest these funds with arts organizations toward recovering the creative economy in Texas.”
Vortex Theater received the largest grant of any Austin arts organization with a $175,000 Cultural District grant awarded for the company to produce the show “Tales of a Blerd Ballerina” by Valoneecia Tolbert. Last year Vortex received a $200,000 Cultural District Grant from the TCA for another production. “Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven.” Vortex’s theatre, at 2307 Manor Road, is just inside the northern border Six Square: Austin’s Black Cultural District.
The entire list of Austin grant recipients is available at arts.texas.gov/cities22/cities/show/2022
TCA commissioners also approved the designation of three new cultural districts: the Fair Park Cultural District in Dallas, the Laredo Cultural District in Laredo, and the Westside Cultural District in San Antonio.
Cultural districts can be focal points for generating business, attracting tourists, stimulating cultural development and fostering civic pride. Texas now has 51 cultural districts.