The Meadows Foundation has awarded the Rockport Center for the Arts (RCA) a $100,000 grant. The funds will be used for the organization’s capital project, a new campus in downtown Rockport. Hurricane Harvey destroyed the RCA’s facility located between Rockport Harbor and Aransas Bay.

The RCA has been engaged in a capital campaign since last year, and is celebrating its 50th birthday this year.

The estimated cost of the RCA’s downtown campus is $8.5 million.

Insurance proceeds, donations, pledges and grants received now total more than $9.7 million

After Harvey, operations were moved to a building the RCA owns in downtown Rockport (106 S. Austin St.) All programs are fully operational and a full calendar of events, exhibits, workshops and children’s programs for 2019-2020 is in place.

“We are grateful to The Meadows Foundation for their generous grant and their recognition of the importance of our mission,” said RCA Executive Director Luis Purón. “A new campus dedicated to the arts is critical for the development of downtown Rockport, and will be a boon to the quality of life of our community.

“The RCA has been building meaningful relationships across the United States for five decades. We are eager to do more to continue our mission, serve our community, and deliver high impact programming that drives tourism to the Texas coast.”

“Arts and culture show the spirit of our communities and we are thankful we are able to be part of rebuilding the RCA after its devastating loss in Hurricane Harvey,” said Meadows Foundation President/CEO Linda Perryman Evans.

About the Meadows Foundation

Believing their own lives were greatly enriched by giving, Al and Virginia Meadows shared their wealth with many charitable causes benefiting the people of the state that had been so generous to them. They established The Meadows Foundations in 1948 to improve the quality and circumstances of life for Texans now and for future generations.

Since its inception, the Foundation has disbursed more than $1.2 billion to 3,600 Texas institutions and agencies across all 254 Texas counties. Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations and public entities in the areas of arts and culture, civic and public affairs, education, and health and human services, as well as initiatives promoting mental health, and public education, and the environment.

The RCA is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is always free. For more information, call (361) 729-5519.

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