Houston Arts Alliance
Last week, the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) approved the funding of 20 project grants—$1.5 million in total—across 11 different Texas cultural districts. The awards, made as part of Texas’ new Arts Respond Cultural District Project grant program, are all thanks to a $5 million legislative, TCA budgetary increase being split over two years. (Yes, $5 million!) Texans for the Arts played a key role in procuring this funding with strong involvement from Houston’s arts leaders.
We’re proud to say Houston received the most grants - eight total in the state, representing our city’s established and emerging cultural districts: Greater East End Cultural District, Houston Museum District, Houston Theater District, Midtown Management District Cultural Arts & Entertainment District and Washington Avenue Arts District.
The awards are:
- Greater East End Cultural District – A $30,000 grant to support the development of mapping, wayfinding and signage so visitors can easily navigate their district’s offerings.
- Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – A $100,000 grant to support Sculpted in Steel, an exhibition of automobiles and motorcycles from the Art Deco period.
- Alley Theatre – A $50,000 grant for the marketing and promotion of a regional premiere of Tony Award-winning Best Play All the Way (about former President Lyndon Baines Johnson).
- Da Camera of Houston – A $50,000 grant to support a concert series with two world premieres and three Houston exclusives, also incorporating film, literature and visual arts with music.
- Houston Ballet Foundation – A $20,000 grant to support the revival of Artistic Director Emeritus Ben Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty.
- Ensemble Theatre – A $50,000 grant to support new and enhanced signage so visitors are able to locate the building with ease amid the surrounding development in Midtown.
- Midtown Management District Cultural Arts & Entertainment District – A $25,000 grant to support the development of a new website (for the promotion and marketing of the Midtown Houston Cultural District), inclusive of interactive tools, an events calendar and venue information.
- FotoFest – A $185,000 grant to support FotoFest 2016, an international, city-wide biennial event for photography and new media that spans six weeks, involving more than 110 arts organizations.
(In total, Houston procured $510,000 in grants!)
Congratulations to Houston’s recipients. We are beyond excited to see this investment make its way to our city and eager to see its impact on our cultural tourism efforts!