Thanks to an initiative created by Texas women, 10 nonprofit arts organizations around the state are celebrating additional funding that will help them fulfill their missions. Texas Women for the Arts, a program under the umbrella of the Texas Cultural Trust which unites the financial force of Texas women with funding initiatives for the arts and arts education, has announced its 2013 grant recipients.
The organization has selected 10 programs that will be awarded a total of $200,000 in grants. Organizations submitted proposals that were judged by a grants committee comprised of Texas Women for the Arts members, and finalists were presented to the full membership for a vote. This year's recipients were announced during the organization's annual meeting in May.
While recipients represent the state as a whole, two Austin organizations and one future Austin event received funds. The Blanton Museum of Arts received $12,000 for its Second Sundays: Free for All at the Blanton pilot program; Anthropos Art was awarded $15,000 for its music mentoring program; and the Menuhin Competition, an international violin competition that will take place in Austin in 2014, was awarded $15,000.
"I am pleased that the Blanton Museum of Art and Anthropos Arts were chosen as grant recipients this year," said Sandra Gilliland, chair of Texas Women for the Arts. "Investing in arts education programs is extremely important. We hope to awaken and nurture the artist in every child in Austin."
In its eight-year existence, Texas Women for the Arts has awarded over $1 million to arts organizations across the state.
The remaining recipients for 2013 are:
- The Orange Show Center for Visionary Arts, Houston
- Arts for Rural Texas, Fayetteville
- San Antonio Symphony
- Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio
- Imagination Celebration of Fort Worth
- Kids Excel El Paso
- Texas Young Masters Program (Statewide)