Texans for the Arts drove the legislative strategy in the 86th Texas Legislative Session that led to the single most substantial increase and the largest total budget for the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) in the agency’s history.

The final TCA budget is $16,443,083 for 2019-20 and $11,493,038 for 2020-21. These funds include a restoration of $5 million initially appropriated in the 84th Session and cut in the 85th Session, and an additional increase of $5 million, providing a total of $10 million for the TCA’s Cultural District grant program, as well as a new allocation of $250,000 for the TCA’s Arts Respond grants that expressly fund programs that use the arts as a means for healing in working with veterans and active duty service men and women and their families.

The Rockport Center for the Arts is eligible to apply for the Art Respond grant funds.

A TCA representative noted the funds will make a significant difference in the TCA’s capacity to reach more citizens across the state with dynamic, engaging, thoughtful and community enriching cultural and arts programming.

“We’re pleased to see this funding become available again for Cultural Arts District’s,” said Rockport Cultural Arts District President Jennifer Day.

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