Charles Matthews photoMessage from the Chair

Although it has just begun, 2014 has already been an exciting year for the Texas Cultural Trust.

It started with the Trust being chosen as one of 11 Partnership Teams from across the nation to join the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 13th Partners in Education Institute, to promote its Arts & Digital Literacy Initiative.  In February, the Trust along with Texas Women for the Arts were proud sponsors of the prestigious Menuhin Competition.  Known as the “Olympics of the Violin,” this international competition attracts the best young violinists from around the world.

Even though it is a year away, work for the 2015 Texas Medal of Arts Awards has already started.  The Open Call for Nominations garnered many noteworthy submissions in a variety of categories, from all over the state – further proof that there will never be a shortage of remarkable talent in Texas!  One very important note, the dates of the Awards has changed.  Previously slated for Monday, February 23, and Tuesday, February 24, the celebration will now be held on Tuesday, February 24, and Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at The Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, under the able chairmanship of Gene Jones and Charlotte Jones Anderson.

One final note, the Trust has embarked on its first crowdsourcing campaign, Fund-a-Young Master to support the Texas Young Masters, a program that recognizes excellence in 8th through 11th grade students engaged in the study of various artistic disciplines, including dance, music, theatre, visual arts, and more.  They are halfway to their goal of $15,000 or three scholarships.  Please donate today and help support the next generation of brilliant Texas artists.

As always, thank you for your interest and support of the Texas Cultural Trust and for the arts in Texas!

Warmest regards,
Charles Matthews Signature


2011-2013 Board of Directors

Chair — Charles W. Matthews, Dallas
Vice Chair – Judy Robison, El Paso
Treasurer — Greg Davis, Dallas
Secretary — Kelli Blanton, Houston
Immediate Past Chair —
Karen Oswalt, Austin
Member at Large — Wayne Fisher, Houston
Member at Large — Pamela Willeford, Austin

Anita Arnold, Texarkana
Ray Benson, Austin
Leslie Blanton, Houston
Marvin Blum, Fort Worth
Michelle Brock
, Midland
Patricia Hamilton Dewhurst
, Houston
Patsy Donosky
, Dallas
Linda Gibbons,
Sandra Gilliland, Amarillo

Carol Haynes
, Abilene
Gayle Hunt
, El Paso
Alexis Hunter, Corpus Christi
Gene Jones
, Dallas
Milla Perry Jones, Dallas
Kathleen R. Kennedy, San Antonio
Carole Krist
, Kemah
Linda La Mantia,
Dawn Leatherwood, Tyler

Nancy Loeffler, San Antonio
Sharon McCullough
, Dallas
Debbie Montford
, San Antonio
Jesús Moroles
, Rockport
Guillermo Nicolas
, San Antonio
Kay Olson, Waco
Kay Sanford, Lubbock
Laura Street, Amarillo
Stephen Tipps,
Leslie Ward, Austin
Mark Watson, San Antonio
Donna Axum Whitworth,
Fort Worth

Jocelyn Straus, Chair Emeritus
Texas Medal of Arts Awards, San Antonio