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Texas Women for the Arts awards more than $319,000 in grants for arts access and education across Texas

Texas Women for the Arts grants
Posted at 5:18 PM, Jun 14, 2024

CORPUS CHRISTI, Tx — Texas Women for the Arts, a statewide program of the Texas Cultural Trust, has awarded more than $319,000 in grants to provide art access and education to children across Texas.

Two of those grants will be going directly to the Corpus Christi Symphony Society and the Corpus Christi Harbor Playhouse Company.

Texas Women for the Arts is made up of over 220 arts philanthropists, leaders, and changemakers whose goal is to raise funds for various art programs in Texas.

They have awarded over 400 grants across the state, totaling over $4.3 million and impacting roughly 3.7 million children.

“These grants provide impactful support for the arts in Texas, ensuring that children have access to the arts and quality arts education regardless of potential barriers,” says Heidi Marquez Smith, CEO of the Texas Cultural Trust. “We congratulate this year’s grantees and thank our TWA members for their unwavering and invaluable support in nurturing the next generation of Texans.”

The Corpus Christi Symphony Society and the Corpus Christi Harbor Playhouse Company are prominent performing arts centers in the Coastal Bend, and the grants will positively impact many local performers.

The 2024 Texas Women for the Arts Grantees:

  • ALMAAHH, Advocates of a Latino Museum of Cultural and Visual Arts & Archive Complex, Houston
  • Anderson Center for the Arts (formerly known as Harris County Cultural Arts Council), Houston
  • Anthropos Arts, Austin
  • Austin Opera, Austin
  • Austin Theatre Alliance, Austin
  • Bexar County Performing Arts Center, DBA Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio
  • Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Dallas
  • Boys & Girls Club of McAllen, Inc, McAllen
  • Center for Women & Their Work, Austin
  • Corpus Christi Symphony Society, Corpus Christi
  • East Lubbock Art House, Lubbock
  • East Texas Symphony Orchestra, Tyler
  • Ellen Noel Art Museum of the Permian Basin, Odessa
  • Harbor Playhouse Company, Corpus Christi
  • IEA - Inspire, Encourage, Achieve, Beaumont
  • Kaleidoscope Youth Development Services, DBA Rhodes School for the Performing Arts, Houston
  • Lubbock Community Theatre, Lubbock
  • Swan Strings, Dallas
  • Texas Commission on the Arts, Statewide
  • Texas Cultural Trust, Statewide
  • Thank You Darlin’ Foundation, Fort Worth
  • The Contemporary Austin, Austin
  • Moody Foundation, Austin
  • The Opera Co., DBA El Paso Opera, El Paso
  • The Periwinkle Foundation, Houston
  • Tom Lea Institute, El Paso
  • Young Audiences of Northeast Texas, Tyler
  • Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, San Antonio

The 2024 Texas Women for the Arts Executive Committee:

  • Linda LaMantia, Chair, Laredo
  • Isha Rogers Santamaria, Vice-Chair, El Paso 
  • Leslie Blanton, Immediate Past-Chair, Houston
  • Eliza Duncan, Membership Co-Chair, Houston
  • Nina Seely, Membership Co-Chair, Austin
  • Muffin Lemak, Membership Vice Co-Chair, Dallas
  • Ana Montoya, Membership Vice Co-Chair, San Antonio
  • Karen Foster, Nominating Chair, El Paso
  • Leslie Ward, Nominating Vice-Chair, Austin
  • Michelle Bonton, Grants Chair, Houston
  • Lisa Ivie Miller, Grants Vice-Chair, Austin
  • Lawton Cummings, Governance Chair, Austin
  • Nancy Murray, Governance Vice-Chair, Longview 
  • Elia del Carmen Mares, Legacy Chair, El Paso
  • Jan McKee, Legacy Vice-Chair, Fort Worth
  • Natasa Valocchi, Travel Chair, New York
  • Marielle Lamy Quaid, Travel Vice-Chair, Austin
  • Lawton Cummings, Jessica Karlsruher, Laura M. Matz, Janna Paulson, Marielle Lamy Quaid, and Leslie Ward, 2024 Annual Meeting Chairs