Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Kel Seliger, District 31

September 21, 2007
Contact: Christy Bertolino
(806) 374-8994

Senator Seliger Announces Grants Awards to Support the Arts in District 31

AMARILLO, Texas -- State Senator Kel Seliger is pleased to announce that the Texas Commission on the Arts (Commission) awarded $102,165 in direct panel grants to arts organizations in Senate District 31 for fiscal year 2008. TCA approved a total of $2,350,201 in grants for the entire state.

"The Commission's commitment to the arts and culture of Texas is an invaluable resource, and we are appreciative of their support for the arts organizations within District 31," said Senator Seliger.

During the coming year, TCA will award over 500 additional grants through its mini-grants process. Funding for TCA grants comes from a variety of sources including state General Revenue, the National Endowment for the Arts, interest earnings on the Texas Cultural Endowment Fund, support from the Texas Cultural Trust Council and revenue earned by TCA through sales of the State of the Arts specialty license plate. Additional funds for music education are provided through TCA's participation in the Texas Music Project.

"The funding provided to these groups in our communities will be put to great use and will contribute to the vitality of our region," Seliger added.

The organizations who received grants within District 31 include:

Amarillo Little Theatre
Amarillo Museum of Art
Amarillo Opera
Amarillo Symphony
Amarillo Youth Choirs
Arts Assembly of Midland
Ellen Noel Art Museum of the Permian Basin
Globe of the Great Southwest
Lone Star Ballet
Midland Community Theatre
Museum of the Southwest
Odessa Council for the Arts & Humanities
Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation