Congratulations are in order! The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) announced funding of 20 Arts Respond Cultural District Project grants for fiscal year 2016, including $500,000 for the Dallas Museum of Art’s Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots exhibition. The grants total $1.5 million and will go to arts nonprofits and local government agencies in 11 different cultural districts in Dallas, El Paso, Galveston, Houston, Lubbock, San Elizario, and Wimberley. The grants ranged in amount from $10,000 to $500,000. “We are pleased to be able to provide such strong support for so many high-profile arts activities across the state,” said Gary Gibbs, Executive Director of TCA. “The substantial work that our grantees are doing not only advances the arts in Texas but attracts visitors and additional dollars to our state and local economies.” The 20 approved grants were among 39 applications reviewed and scored by a panel of evaluators with expertise in the arts, cultural districts, marketing, and economics. Cultural districts are special zones designated by TCA 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. Currently, there are 28 cultural districts in Texas.
“The DMA is grateful for the extraordinary generosity of the Texas Commission on the Arts in funding this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition,” stated Walter Elcock, Interim Director of the DMA. “We are honored to serve as one of the inaugural grantees of this strategic effort to advance cultural tourism across the state through robust arts and cultural initiatives.” Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 23,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the nation’s largest arts district, the Museum acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. Since the Museum’s return to free general admission in 2013, the DMA has welcomed more than two million visitors, and enrolled more than 100,000 people in DMA Friends, a free program available to anyone who wishes to join focused on active engagement with the Museum.