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Texans for the Arts News

tfaRegister now for Texans for the Arts Foundation’s sixth Arts Funding & Leadership Development Workshop on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center.  

Don’t miss this information packed Workshop for arts administrators, arts organizations’ board members, community arts advocates, and citizen activists.  This Workshop will prepare you to be an effective advocate for the arts and other issues in your community and will include challenging professional development with content for all levels.

Learn about developing a strong fundraising board, responding to the ‘Seven Faces of Philanthropy’, understanding municipal arts policy, and the important differences between advocacy and lobbying practices.

Use this Workshop as an opportunity to hear from a legislator from Tyler and understand how to use your advocacy tools from the perspective of an elected official.  Meet other arts leaders from your community and see how the power of working together can increase your success.

Arts Funding & Leadership Development Workshop
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
9:00 am. – 4:30 pm
Tyler Rose Garden Center
420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler, Texas

Register now by clicking here.
Workshop updates will be posted at www.texansforthearts.org

Texans for the Arts 2015 Arts Advocacy Day!
Mark your calendars!  Join us in Austin on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 to speak up for the arts and the creative economy in your community and across the state!  Let your voice be heard!  Register today by clicking here.

As artists, arts administrators, board members, and citizens interested in the arts, you are already advocating every day through your work.  Join us on Arts Advocacy Day to learn how to put your passion about the arts into constructive and informative advocacy, through orientation, training, role-playing and more.  TFA will demystify arts advocacy and set you off on productive and rewarding visits with your legislators at the State Capitol.  TFA will provide materials for you to leave with your legislators on the issues most important to all of us: increasing public support for the arts. 

Arts Advocacy Day on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 starts at 11:00 AM with orientation and training followed by lunch, afternoon visits to State legislators, and an evening reception hosted by the Texas Cultural Trust from 5-8 PM, all for a registration of $25.

Updates on speakers and Arts Advocacy Day agenda will be posted at www.texansforthearts.com

Hotel rates at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol for Tuesday, January 27, 2015 are $239 single or double.  Reservations may be made in the following ways:

Online:  Please visit https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/StateoftheArts  or click here.

Via the Reservations Coordinator:  Please call our Reservation Coordinator, Lauren Wendorf, by phone at 512.478.111 or by email at lwendorf@sheratonaustinhotel.com or click here.

About Texans for the Arts
Texans for the Arts (TFA) is a highly effective, non-partisan statewide arts advocacy organization that provides coordinated information about legislative activity related to arts issues and organizes advocacy efforts in order to protect and increase public funding for the arts at the state, national and local levels. The mission of Texans for the Arts is to engage Texans in a unified advocacy effort to protect and increase both public and private support for the arts.

 

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Texas Commission on the Arts News

tca_vertical_blueNew Grants and Cultural Districts:
At its September 4th meeting, the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) approved funding of 875 grants for its first funding round for fiscal year 2015. The grants total $4.5 million and will go to nonprofits and units of government in 115 cities. These grants include all of the Arts Create program grants, the first of two funding rounds for the Arts Respond Project program, the quarterly Arts Respond Performance Support program, and the quarterly Commission Initiatives and Designated Funding category. For the full list of grants organized by city, please visit http://www.arts.texas.gov/cities15/cities/.

TCA Commissioners also approved the designation of two new cultural districts. Cultural districts are special zones that harness the power of cultural resources to stimulate economic development and community revitalization. These districts can become focal points for generating business, attracting tourists, stimulating cultural development and fostering civic pride. The new cultural districts are the Greater East End Cultural District, in Houston, and the Downtown Bryan Cultural District. These designations bring the total number of cultural districts in Texas to 26.

Texas State Artists:
The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) is seeking nominations for the positions of 2015 and 2016 State Poet Laureate, State Musician, State Artist two-dimensional media (i.e., painting, photography), and State Artist three-dimensional media (i.e., sculpture). The nomination form and complete information are available online at http://www.arts.texas.gov/initiatives/texas-state-artist/.

The deadline for Texas State Artists nominations is October 15, 2014. TCA issues the call for nominations, oversees an evaluation review process, and provides a list of finalists to the selection committee. The committee, composed of members appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, makes the final selections. The 84th Texas Legislature will make the appointments next spring when they are in session.

All qualified nominees must be native Texans or five-year residents of the state. Candidates must have received recognition for high levels of excellence and success in their respective disciplines. They also must have received critical reviews in state, regional or national publications. Chosen artists will join the company of previous state artists such as Willie Nelson, James Surls, Dean Young, and Kathy Vargas and receive statewide recognition. Texas State Artists also have the opportunity to participate in TCA events and promotions, including participation on TCA’s Texas Touring Roster and other state initiatives in relation to their respective arts discipline.

State of the Arts Conference:
Arts organizations, artists, arts administrators and board members are encouraged to register now for the State of the Arts Conference: Engaging New Audiences to be held in Austin January 29-30, 2015. Hosted by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust, the conference will feature information of importance to the arts industry in Texas. Topics range from building new audiences to gaining financial stability, from using social media to effective marketing, and from arts education to ADA compliance.

One of the highlights of the conference will be a keynote from LaPlaca Cohen on a national study that focuses on visual arts and performing arts audiences.  It goes into depth about the perceptions, motivators, and obstacles to attracting and engaging new audiences by age group. Registration for the conference is just $75. A hotel room block is available at the reduced conference rate until October 1st. Registration and additional details are at https://tca-2015.eventbrite.com.

About the Texas Commission of the Arts
The mission of the Texas Commission of the Arts (TCA( is to advance our state economically and culturally by investing in a creative Texas. TCA supports a diverse and innovative arts community in Texas, throughout the nation and internationally by providing resources to enhance economic development, arts education, cultural tourism and artist sustainability initiatives.  

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2015 Texas Medal of Arts Awards Honoree Announcement

~E3858_ptcard-P1.tifSave the Date!  The 2015 Texas Medal of Arts Honorees will be announced on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.  It should be a very exciting afternoon celebrating Texas legends and rising stars.  Thanks to our Co-chairs Gene Jones and Charlotte Jones Anderson for helping to make this announcement special!

Be sure and mark your calendars for the 2015 Texas Medal of Arts Awards on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at The Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin.  The event celebrates the state’s legendary artists, entertainers, and art patrons with a series of events, including a gala dinner, star-studded awards show and concert.  Previous honorees include Eva Longoria, ZZ Top, Willie Nelson, Steve Miller, Tommy Lee Jones, Betty Buckley, Bob Schieffer, Laura W. Bush, Debbie Allen, Robert Rodriguez, Walter Cronkite, Nancy B. Hamon, Sandra Cisneros, Robert Rauschenberg, Clint Black, Anheuser Busch Companies, Lyle Lovett, Texas Monthly, Neiman Marcus, Exxon Mobil, and many more!

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Texas Women for the Arts News

Please join us in congratulating the following Texas Women members who have been chosen as Officers for 2014-2015.  The program would not be as successful without the leadership of these dynamic women:

Chair:  Ginni Mithoff, Houston
Membership Chairs:  Leslie Blanton, Houston & Elia del Carmen Mares, El Paso
Grants Chair:  Chrissy Kleberg, Austin
Nominations Chair:  Patsy Donosky, Dallas
Programs Chair:  Nancy Moorman, San Antonio
Governance Chair:  Tania Schwartz, El Paso
Legacy Chair:  Sandra Gilliland, Amarillo
Board Liaison:  Dawn Leatherwood, Tyler
Chair Emeritus:  Donna Axum Whitworth, Fort Worth

Thank you to our outgoing committee and congratulations to these members on their new roles!

Texas Women for the Arts is a giving program uniting the financial force of women in funding initiatives for the arts and arts education.  Since its inception in 2005, Texas Women for the Arts has awarded $1,321,500 in grants to 63 arts organizations, impacting more than three-quarters of a million children across the stateGrants will be awarded during the 10th Annual Meeting, April 27-29, 2015, in San Antonio.  For more information on Texas Women for the Arts, or to become a member, click here.

ATTENTION CURRENT MEMBERS!
The 2015 Texas Women for the Arts Grant Application is now available by clicking here.

 

 

Join today and together, we can awaken and nurture the artist in every Texas child.

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The Trust Welcomes New Board Members

Please join us in welcoming three new Board Members to the Texas Cultural Trust.  We welcome their leadership in directing the Trust’s long-term programing and initiatives.

Mary Hammon Lee, Houston
As a fine art advisor, Mary Hammon Lee helps identify and acquire pieces to build and enrich your collection. Through her education and employment experience, she has developed an expertise in Old Masters, American, Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary works of art. She joined Frost Bank in April 2012 to establish Frost’s Fine Art Advisory Services.  To learn more about Mary Hammon Lee, click here.

Mary Lamar Leyendecker, Laredo
Mary Lamar Leyendecker holds a degree in Elementary Education from Texas A&M International University.   She has been on the Board of Directors of The Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center in Laredo for 25 years where she has served as Secretary of the Board and Chairman of the Gala Committee.  She has also served on the Board of The Children’s Advocacy Center of Laredo and held both the Vice President and Secretary positions.  To learn more about Mary Lamar Leyendecker, click here.

Andrea White, Houston
Andrea White graduated from University of Texas Plan II with honors in 1975 and from the University of Texas Law School in 1978. Andrea joined the Houston law firm of Locke, Liddell & Sapp and specialized in real estate and banking law.  In 1984, she became one of its first female partners.  To learn more about Andrea White, click here.

The Texas Cultural Trust’s Board of Director’s is a state-wide governing board comprised of a diverse group of industry and business leaders, arts patrons and artists, who are passionate about the impact and potential utilization of the arts to benefit the state of Texas. 

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Message from the Chair

Charles Matthews photoIt seems like just yesterday that I sat down to write the first newsletter of 2014, and now, September is already upon us.  As we head into the final few months of 2014, we hope that you will take the time to support the Texas Cultural Trust as they have been named the Official Charity Partner of the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show in Dallas.  Proceeds from the Opening Night Preview Party & VIP Reception, as well as a Texas Women for the Arts Texas Tea will benefit the Trust and their arts education initiatives.

With the onset of fall brings new Board Members to the Texas Cultural Trust, as well as new Officers to the Texas Women for the Arts.  We welcome them aboard, and look forward to working together to continue to illuminate the arts in Texas.

Planning for the 2015 Texas Medal of Art award is in full swing, as we have confirmed many exciting honorees.  We won’t be announcing who they are until January 14, 2015, so mark your calendars.  Also mark your calendars for the award ceremony itself on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at The Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin.

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

Charles Matthews
Texas Cultural Trust Board Chair

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Arts and Digital Literacy Initiative Update

Dance and Media Communications Pilot Training Group PictureThis year, The Trust is piloting Dance and Media Communications I in 10 schools across the state.  The Trust hosted a 2 day intensive pilot teacher training in Austin this August.  The following schools are piloting Dance and Media Communication I:  Aldine ISD, Mac Arthur Ninth Grade Center; Dallas ISD, Moises E. Molina High School; San Antonio ISD, Sam Houston High School; Edinburg ISD, Edinburg North; Mesquite ISD; Mesquite High School; Northside ISD, J.P. Stevens High School, Brennan High School, John Jay High School, and Holmes High School; and PSJA ISD, Audie Murphy ISD.

Quick Facts on the Initiative:

  • The State Board of Education approved the new Fine Arts TEKS, which include the Trust’s eight courses.  The new Fine Arts TEKS will be implemented in the 2015-2016 school year.
  • House Bill 5, implemented by the 83rd Legislature, requires that schools teach 21st century learning skills, develop community partnerships and focus on digital learning. The courses address all of these requirements with a strong level of rigor.
  • Art and Media Communications I and II are both complete and being offered statewide as an elective.
  • Music and Media Communications I is complete and being offered statewide as an elective.
  • Theatre and Media Communications I is complete and being offered statewide as an elective.
  • Dance and Media Communications I is being piloted this school year.

This Initiative, which bridges fine arts education and technology, is a program of the Texas Cultural Trust in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts.  The initiative is a project-based, fine arts curricula for high school students that establishes the connection between traditional fine arts education and digital media.  Digital literacy is the future of communication and commerce and these courses create learning experiences that develop students’ capacities for critical thinking, creativity, imagination, and innovation.  The courses are based on a combined set of fine arts and technology standards, resulting in arts instruction that is rigorous and designed to specifically develop students’ media literacy, providing integrated, relevant skills that will prepare them for the 21st century workplace.  The Texas State Board of Education approved the new student standards for the Fine Arts -the Texas Essential Knowledge Skills (TEKS). These new standards include all of the Trust’s courses (Art and Media Communications I & II; Music and Media Communications I & II; Theatre and Media Communications I & II; Dance and Media Communications I & II).  Once the new Fine Arts standards are implemented in the 2015 school year, each of these courses will count as a fine arts credit.  Currently, all Texas high school students are required to have one fine arts credit for graduation.  Until the implementation of the new Fine Arts TEKS, these courses can be offered as a statewide elective credit.

This Initiative is a partnership between the Texas Cultural Trust and the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. For more information on the Initiative, and to download the curriculum, visit www.txartandmedia.org.

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Partner Spotlight: MINDPOP

Brent Hasty Mug ShotIn this month’s Partner Spotlight, we present Dr. Brent Hasty, Executive Director of MINDPOP, a solutions-based organization ensuring each and every child benefits from creative learning. MINDPOP’s innovative approach infuses creative learning experiences, professional development, and curriculum enhancements across the curriculum and works to strengthen creativity and learning for all students. Under his leadership, MINDPOP received the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child designation and attracted a $1,000,000 gift to help high poverty schools achieve these ambitious goals. Brent is a former High School teacher and Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin in the College of Education, where he taught Elementary Social Studies Methods in the teacher preparation program. His research agenda includes integrated instruction, holocaust education, community alignment and service learning. His research has been presented internationally and published peer-reviewed journals including Action in Teacher Education and Arts and Learning Research Journal.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and MINDPOP.
MINDPOP is dedicated to expanding creative learning in schools, districts and in communities.  We do that in a variety of ways. In Austin, we partner with Austin ISD, the City of Austin and more than forty arts agencies to make certain that all kids in our city receive the benefits of creative learning in and out of school. We design models for the district to become arts rich. We teach educators how to use strategies drawn from the arts to engage student learners, and we assess our impact. We are also consulting in other cities to help them reach similar goals. 

Will you briefly explain the Creative Learning Initiative?
The Creative Learning Initiative currently serves 36 schools, 2000 teachers and aides and over 23,000 students in Austin ISD. The district, the city, MINDPOP and the arts community work in partnership to create individualized campus plans to become more arts-rich, provide professional development for teachers on how, when and why to use creative teaching strategies to help students achieve, and build strong partnerships and connections between schools and the community arts partners. It’s tremendously exciting to see creative learning invigorate schools and classrooms. Our research is telling us the kids are coming to school more frequently and we are starting to see gains in test scores. The Creative Learning Initiative is helping our schools leverage the resources in the community to impact our students learning.

Why do you feel creative learning is important?
Creative learning and the arts are important in education for many reasons. First, the arts are important part of well-rounded education. All students should have a foundation in all the ways humans come to know and express information – reading, writing, math, science, the social studies and the arts. Secondly, our research has shown when students receive information in different ways, for example through text and through images that learning is stronger and lasts longer. The brain makes more neural connections in that process.  Creative teaching strategies are an easy and natural way to support that kind of learning. Creative learning also provides students multiple ways to express their understanding of a topic.  It helps students make the mental models necessary to learn abstract concepts and it makes the classroom a fun place to learn. Our students tell us classrooms that use creative learning aren’t as boring as other classes. It makes sense. Creative learning asks students to apply their knowledge in interesting and challenging ways. People of all ages love learning when it’s fun and challenging.

What project will you be working on with the Texas Cultural Trust?
I’m excited to work with the Texas cultural Trust to spread the word about the benefits of creative learning. While most people in Texas say they value the arts as a part of education, they are often surprised to hear how much of an impact they have on student engagement, graduation rates, and standardized test scores. The inclusion of the arts simply makes learning more engaging for both students and teachers. We are working together to gather data across the state that will give Texans a clearer idea of the benefits of creative learning.

MINDPOP’s innovative approach infuses creative learning experiences, professional development, and curriculum enhancements across the curriculum and works to strengthen creativity and learning for all students. Under his leadership, MINDPOP received the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child designation and attracted a $1,000,000 gift to help high poverty schools achieve these ambitious goals. Brent is a former High School teacher and Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin in the College of Education, where he taught Elementary Social Studies Methods in the teacher preparation program. His research agenda includes integrated instruction, holocaust education, community alignment and service learning. His research has been presented internationally and published peer-reviewed journals including Action in Teacher Education and Arts and Learning Research Journal.

The Partner Spotlight is a regular newsletter feature that focuses on a program and person who is partnering with the Texas Cultural Trust.  The Trust, along with MINDPOP and the Austin Independent School District, were inducted at the 2014 Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education Institute in April, 2014 for its Art and Digital Literacy program.  For more information, visit www.mindpop.org.   

MINDPOP

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Texas Cultural Trust Invited to Attend the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

White House Committee on Education ExcellenceJesus Moroles, a member of the Texas Cultural Trust Board of Directors was invited to attend the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics at Pixar Studios in Emeryville, California.  Caroline Hammond, Program Director for the Texas Cultural Trust attended the event with Jesus. Moroles, an internationally known granite sculptor is a recipient of the 2008 National Medal of Arts Award, bestowed by President George W. Bush.  The meeting addressed how to effectively engage Hispanic students using the arts.

About the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (Initiative) works directly with stakeholders, linking together key individuals and organizations from across the country to increase awareness of educational inequalities that persist and communicate and share programs and resources available to the community. Initiative staff work alongside the Commission and a national network of community leaders to provide real‐time input and advice on the development, implementation, and coordination of education policy and programs that impact the Hispanic community. For more information, visit www.ed.gov/edblogs/hispanic-initiative/

Left to right: Laurie T. Schell, Director of Music Makes Us in Nashville; Trust Board member and renowned sculptor, Jesus Moroles; Trust Program Director, Caroline Hammond 

 

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Texas Cultural Trust Named Official Charity Partner of the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show

TCT_DallasArtShow_Web_HomeWe are excited to announce that the Texas Cultural Trust is the official Charity Partnership of the 2014 Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show on November 6–10, 2014, at the Dallas Market Hall! 

Tickets are on sale now for the exclusive Opening Night Preview Party & VIP Reception on Thursday, November 6th, at the Dallas Market Hall.  Be among the first to preview exquisite works of art, antiques, estate jewelry, furniture, porcelain, Asian antiquities, sculpture, contemporary art, and more at this exclusive event.  Your ticket also gives you access to the Trust’s private VIP Reception including cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  Tickets to the Preview Party and VIP Reception are $100.  All of the proceeds from this event benefit the Texas Cultural Trust’s Art & Digital literacy initiative, an arts-based technology curriculum for at-risk high school students statewide.

Opening Night Preview Party & VIP Reception
Thursday, November 6, 2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm VIP Reception (ticketed guests only)
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Preview Party
$100
To purchase tickets to the Opening Night Preview Party & VIP Reception, please visit www.texasculturaltrust.ticketbud.com or click here.

Also join us at our Texas Women for the Arts Texas Tea on Friday, November 7th.  Enjoy high tea ambiance as you receive a behind the scenes glimpse into the arts world from one of the show’s 75 internationally renowned experts.  Enter to win an exclusive prize provided by one of the show’s exclusive exhibitors.  Tickets to Tea are $50 each.  Raffle tickets are $25 each, or 5 for $100.  This event will benefit Texas Women for the Arts grants program.

Texas Women for the Arts Texas Tea
Friday, November 7,, 2014
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
$50 for the Tea; Raffle tickets are $25 each, or 5 for $100
You may purchase tickets to the Texas Women for the Arts Texas Tea at the same link above, or by clicking here.

TICKETS TO BOTH EVENTS INCLUDE VIP PASSES TO THE DALLAS INTERNATIONAL ART, ANTIQUE & JEWELRY SHOW.

Please be sure to invite your friends to celebrate and support the Texas Cultural Trust.  We hope to see you at the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show!

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