Vision: Awaken and Nurture the Artist in Every Texas Child.


Texas Women for the Arts (TWA) selected 24 arts programs across Texas to receive a total of $260,014 in grants at their 10th Annual Meeting in San Antonio. The yearly grant initiative provides designated funds to arts-related programs by providing meaningful funding to arts education programs across the state.  Since its inception in 2005, Texas Women for the Arts has awarded nearly $1.6 million in grants to 87 arts organizations, impacting more than a million children across the state.

“According to a study by the Texas Cultural Trust, by 2016 1 in 12 jobs will be creative industry jobs.  Our workforce of the future cannot be prepared for those jobs without arts-based learning and the programs supported by Texas Women for the Arts provide the education they need,” says Jennifer Ransom Rice, Executive Director of the Texas Cultural Trust.  “Arts education is an investment in the future of Texas.”

“We are thrilled to announce that in our 10th year as an organization, Texas Women for the Arts awarded their largest grant amount to date,” says Ginni Mithoff, chair of Texas Women for the Arts.  “We believe these exceptional programs will have a lasting impact on the lives of the children they touch in their respective communities, which supports our mission – to awaken and nurture the artist in every Texas child.”

Announcing the 2015 Texas Women for the Arts Impact Grantees.  Learn more about the organizations and the programs impacted by these grants by clicking on the links below.

Homemade Hope for Homeless Children, Houston
Homemade Hope, $41,000

Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio
Student Education & Family Engagement Program, $27,390

Marfa Live Arts, Marfa
2016 Marfa Live Arts Education Program, $27,324

Magik Theatre, San Antonio
First-time Theatre Access for Children, $18,200

Generous Art Texas, Austin
Raising Artists Program, $14,850

The Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin
Greater High School Music Awards, $9,500

Houston Center for Photography, Houston
Flash Drive, $9,500

San Antonio Public Library Foundation, San Antonio
San Antonio Book Festival, $9,500

University of Texas El Paso, El Paso
Children’s Traveling Troup, $9,000

Odyssey After School Enrichment, Rockport
Music Around the World, $4,500

Additional Outreach Grants were given to the following programs: 

University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Midland
Pots-n-Prints, $5,500

Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin
Family Day, $5,500

Texas A&M Kingsville, Kingsville
Full STEAM Ahead Arts Educational Outreach, $3,750

HOPE Farm, Fort Worth
HOPE Farm Performing Arts Series, $3,000

Museum of the Big Bend: Sul Ross University, Alpine
Young at Art Program, $3,000

Azalea Academy for Exceptional Adults, Tyler
Hands On!, $2,500

Creative Kids, Inc., El Paso
Project AIM (Arts in Motion), $2,500

Ballet Austin, Austin
Dance in the Classroom, $2,500

Young Audiences of Houston, Houston
Arts Access Initiative, $2,500

Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Austin
Child Life Music and Arts Therapy , $2,500

Van Cliburn Foundation, Fort Worth
Musical Awakenings, $1,000

Lubbock Entertainment & Performing Arts Association, Lubbock
The Buddy Holly Hall for Performing Arts & Sciences, $1,000

TeCo Theatrical Productions, Dallas
TeCo Student Outreach Programs, $1,000

Texas Heritage Music Foundation, Kerrville
Texas Heritage Day/Bard Program, $1,000

Texas Women for the Arts continued funding for the Texas Young Masters Program with a $26,000 grant.  The Texas Young Masters Program is a joint initiative between the Texas Cultural Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts, recognizing excellence in 8th through 11th graders in dance, theater, literary arts, media arts/film, music, musical theater, and visual arts.  In addition, TWA voted to support the Texas Cultural Trust’s Arts & Digital Literacy Program with a $26,000 grant.  Arts & Digital Literacy is a fine arts curricula for high school students that establishes the connection between traditional fine arts education with digital media and technology.  The curricula covers the four basic tenets of the arts with courses in visual art, music, theatre, and dance.

A new Executive Committee was chosen for 2015-2016.  Comprised of Texas Women for the Arts members across the state, the new Executive Committee is:

Chair:  Dian Owen Stai, Fredericksburg/Abilene
Immediate Past Chair:  Ginni Mithoff, Houston
Membership Co-Chairs:  Dawn Leatherwood, Tyler and Sherrill Winter, Fredericksburg
Nominating Chair:  Patsy Donosky, Dallas
Nominating Vice Chair:  Nancy Bass, Dallas
Program Co-Chairs:  Sharon Oeschger and Charlotte Rhodes, Amarillo
Immediate Past Program Chair:  Nancy Moorman, San Antonio
Grants Chair:  Chrissy Kleberg, Austin
Grants Vice Chair:  Barbara LaBatt, San Antonio
Governance Chair:  Tania Schwartz, El Paso
Governance Vice Chair:  Laura Street, Amarillo
Board Liaison:  Judy Robison, El Paso
Legacy Chair:  Sandra Gilliland, Amarillo
Legacy Vice Chair:  Marie Wise, Houston
Travel Chair:  Charlotte Tripplehorn, Fort Worth
Travel Vice Chair:  Eliza Duncan, Houston
Chair Emeritus:  Donna Axum Whitworth, Fort Worth


To RSVP for the Annual Meeting, please click here.

The Annual Meeting takes place in San Antonio, April 28th – April 29th, with optional activities on April 27th.  For more information, please call 512.478.5289.

We hope to see you there!

The 2015 Texas Women for the Arts Grant Application is Now Available!  Help us to continue to make a tremendous impact on the arts in Texas, for our youth and our heritage.   You may download the application by clicking here

Applications must be received by Friday, March 6, 2015.

The Texas Women for the Arts grant initiative is a state-wide opportunity for arts and arts education programs that benefit Texas children.  Since its inception in 2005, Texas Women for the Arts has granted over $1.3 million to 63 arts organizations, impacting more than three-quarters of a million children across the state.

Members will award grants to the 2015 grantees during the annual meeting in San Antonio, April 27-29, 2015, so save the date.  Together we can awaken and nurture the artist in every Texas child.

Texas Women for the Arts is a giving program uniting the financial force of Texas women in funding initiatives for the arts and arts education throughout the state. Texas Women have the capability of making a tremendous impact on the arts in Texas for our youth and our heritage. The intent of this essential giving circle is to create a restricted fund to be used for arts and arts education programs administered by the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Texas Cultural Trust and other qualifying agencies. Each year, the Texas Women for the Arts will have the opportunity to choose which programs their dollars will support. Texas Women for the Arts has contributed over $1 million in grants to 40 arts organizations across the state, impacting half a million children. That is a great return on a $1,000 investment for the children of Texas. Learn More Click here to read the latest newsletter from Texas Women for the Arts.

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Texas Women for the Arts News 

Our 9th Annual Meeting was a success!  With record attendance of 120 members, the 9th Annual Meeting of Texas Women for the Arts in Fredericksburg was an extraordinary event!  Thank you to everyone who attended, and most especially our Program Committee, Co-Chairs and Host Committee who made it all possible! We had a welcome champagne toast at the amazing home of Sandra Gilliland, and enjoyed lunch and remarks at Boot Ranch Club House.  We enjoyed presentations by artists such John Austin Hanna, G. Harvey, and at top-notch galleries, such as Whistle Pik and InSight.  General Mike Hagee from the Nimitz Museum of the Pacific War treated us to behind the scenes anecdotes, and Cesar Galindo treated us to some of his New York Fashion Week couture.  We shopped til we dropped at the Kunstmarkt, featuring a private selection of top Hill Country artists, and browsed Ron Boyd’s Estate Fine Jewelry Collection.  We feted over delicious dinners at Hondo’s and August E’s.  The two-day experience came to a close with the generous hospitality of Dian Stai at the breathtaking Mansfeldt Estate, where we granted over $235,000 to 19 very deserving programs across the state.

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