Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
October 8, 2007
Contact: Tiffany Champion, (210) 733-6604

Texas Commission on the Arts Announces $230,472 for Arts Grants
in Senator Van de Putte's District (Senate District 26)

(SAN ANTONIO, TX) -- The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) awarded $230,472 in direct panel grants to arts organizations in Senator Van de Putte's district for Fiscal year 2008. TCA approved a total of $2,350,201 in grants for the entire state.

Nineteen organizations received grants within Van de Putte's district including Artpace San Antonio, Symphony Society of San Antonio, The Magik Theatre and the Urban 15 Group. For a complete list of all the organizations, please visit TCA's Web site at www.arts.state.tx.us.

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.

TCA was organized in 1965 by the Texas Legislature to develop a receptive climate for the arts in Texas. TCA provides funding and other supportive measures, such as arts education and cultural tourism programs, for a variety of arts-related activities, including visual and literary arts, film and multi-media, music, dance and theater.

"TCA's commitment to the arts and culture of Texas is an invaluable resource and we are appreciative to the Commission for supporting the arts organizations within District 26," said Senator Van de Putte. "The funding provided to these groups in our very own community will be put to great use and will contribute to the vitality of our region."

For more information on TCA and its programs, please visit www.arts.state.tx.us.

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