PRESS RELEASE from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

September 24, 2007
CONTACT: Ryan Sullivan

Senate District 19 Artists Receive Texas Commission on the Arts Grants

SAN ANTONIO -- The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) recently announced awards of more than $63,000 in grants to artists and organizations in my senatorial district. I am extremely proud of the recipients, and extend my heartfelt congratulations to them. From San Antonio to El Paso County, it's clear that the cultures of Texas are alive and well represented in Senate District 19!

Our district boasts 55,000 square miles of beautiful and diverse scenery, as well as some of the state's best creative minds. From Marfa to Del Rio, the people of Senate District 19 are making the arts a priority. Their efforts have put Texas on the map internationally, and I am pleased that TCA is recognizing and supporting their work.

The organizations who received grants within District 19 include:

The mission of the Texas Commission on the Arts is to develop a receptive climate for the arts through the conservation and advancement of our rich and diverse arts and cultural industries. TCA grants support programs throughout Texas that enhance education, create social benefit, stimulate the economy, and attract tourists to our state. Grant recipients are required to make a minimum dollar for dollar match to receive state funding, ensuring that support comes from a variety of sources, not just state funding.

Funding for arts and cultural activities builds community, improves education, and provides a constructive pathway to self-expression. But it also unleashes powerful and positive economic forces. Influential economist Ray Perryman estimates that the arts in Texas generate $18.7 billion dollars in personal income, and provide 600,000 jobs. Nearly 20% of our state's tourism is tied to artistic and cultural activities. We can appreciate art for art's sake, but these numbers make it easy to see the payoff for Texas when we invest in the creativity of our people.

Competition for TCA grants is keen. For the 2008 fiscal year, TCA received 469 eligible applications from 329 organizations in 70 Texas cities for consideration. A total of $2,350,201 dollars was awarded statewide. Five hundred additional grants will be awarded in the coming year through TCA's mini-grants process.

If you are an artist or an organization seeking grant funding, perhaps TCA could help you. You owe it to yourself, your community, and Texas to find out! For more information, contact visit their web site at, or call 800-252-9415.

Senator Uresti represents Senate District 19, a 55,000 square mile area extending from the city of San Antonio in Bexar County to the Lower Valley of El Paso County. The largest legislative district in the nation, it spans two time zones, and contains nine of the 14 border counties in Texas, two-thirds of the U.S.-Mexico border within Texas, and all or part of 23 counties. Senate District 19 is home to five U.S. ports of entry, three U.S. toll bridges, 62 school districts, seven military sites, six state parks, and two national parks.