Texans for the Arts 

September 29,2014  
Empowering Arts Advocates Across Texas
In This Issue
Board of Directors


Cristina Balli, Austin


Lynn Barnett, Abilene



Amy W. Baskin, Tyler


Cathy Neece Brown, Fort Worth


Boyce Cabaniss, Esq., Austin


Laurette Canizares, Houston


Mary Grace Carroll, Laredo


Megan Crigger, Austin


Cissy Segall Davis, Houston


Linda Donahue, Lubbock



Jonathon Glus, Houston


Chris Heinbaugh, Dallas


Danny Holeva, Midland


JoLynne Jensen, Bedford



Linda Lee, Fort Worth



Mary Padgett, Austin



Felix Padron, San Antonio


Jennifer Ransom Rice, Austin


Cookie Ruiz, CFRE, Austin


Penelope Speier, San Antonio 


Ex Officio

Jim Bob McMillan, Texas Commission on the Arts


Executive Director

Ann S. Graham, Austin
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Texans for the Arts works for you!
Every day, TFA works to bring more funding to artists and arts organizations across the state. We work to ensure that state decision makers understand the full value of the arts to Texas and its residents. 
The arts bring joy, reflection, thoughtfulness, tears, celebration and more into our lives, and they're a vital economic engine, too. TFA communicates the key role the arts play in strengthening the economic vitality of Texas' rural and urban communities - attracting businesses, creating jobs, drawing tourists, bringing vibrancy and fostering a sense of pride and community.


Texans for the Arts speaks up for you!

 TFA works to protect and support the effective use of the statewide Hotel Occupancy Tax, which provides crucial funding for the arts in communities across Texas. We also work through the legislative process to secure increased appropriations for the Texas Commission on the Arts, enabling grant funding for a wealth of arts organizations and programs reaching all corners of the state. We are working on our 2015 legislative agenda as we speak!



Texans for the Arts empowers you! TFA hosts arts funding and professional development workshops across the state, convenes the biennial Arts Advocacy Day at the state capitol, and provides invaluable arts advocacy training and timely updates, giving you the tools you need to make your voice heard when it matters. TFA does all this and more - but we can't do it without you! Please join our effort to support and celebrate the creativity of all Texans and enhance the economic vitality of communities statewide.


Join for the first time or renew your membership in TFA today! 


Thank you,


Ann S. Graham

Executive Director

Exercise your right and your responsibility!


VOTE on November 4, 2014 


One of the most important things you can do this year is educate yourself about your local, statewide and national candidates and VOTE on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.  These are critical races that will impact us all.  Do your candidates support public funding for the arts?  Do they recognize the important role that the arts play in our communities and across the state?  Are there forums in your community where you can reach out to candidates to determine where they stand on the issues that are important to you?


Participate in democracy and VOTE on November 4th!


If you are not yet registered, the last day to register to vote in the November 4th election is October 6, 2014. 


For more information go to 


Register now for Texans for the Arts Foundation's sixth Arts Funding & Leadership Development Workshop

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tyler Rose Garden Center

420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler, Texas


Don't miss this information packed Workshop for arts administrators, arts organizations' board members, community arts advocates, and citizen activists with challenging professional development content for all levels. Learn about developing a strong fundraising board, responding to the 'Seven Faces of Philanthropy', understanding municipal arts policy, and the important differences between advocacy and lobbying practices.  Meet other arts leaders and see how the power of working together can increase your success.


For more information go to www.texansforthearts.org  Hope to see you in Tyler!

Texans for the Arts 2015 Arts Advocacy Day!  


Mark your calendars!  Join us in Austin on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 to speak up for the arts and the creative economy in your community and across the state!  Let your voice be heard!


As artists, arts administrators, board members, and citizens interested in the arts, you are already advocating every day through your work. Join us to learn how to put your passion into constructive advocacy.


Orientation & training, lunch, visits to legislators, and reception for $25. Arts Advocacy Day updates will be posted at www.texansforthearts.com

Texas Commission on the Arts'
State of the Arts Conference: 
Engaging New Audiences


Thursday, January 29-Friday, January 30, 2015


Mark your calendars for the TCA's State of the Arts Conference: Engaging New Audiences to be held in Austin January 29 - 30, 2015. 

Learn about building new audiences, gaining financial stability, using social media for effective marketing, ADA compliance, arts education and more. Bringing together experts in the areas of marketing, fundraising, board development, strategic planning, the conference will help you attract and engage new audiences. Includes keynotes, interactive break-out sessions and networking.  

Meet our Texans for the Arts Team! 


Katrina "Katy" Poe is involved in all aspects of accounting with TFA and TFA Foundation.  She has been in the financial and accounting sector for over 15 years, working for such varied entities as: an environmental consulting firm; First Workers Corporation, a local government corporation created to oversee the operations of the City of Austin's day labor program; and the IRS where she worked as a tax examiner.


Katy moved to Texas after the 4th grade and quickly fell in love with the state, and considers herself a true Texan.  From Houston, she moved to Austin in 1990 to attend the University of Texas, where she earned a BA in Studio Art.  As an artist, Katy works primarily in mixed media and illustration.


When she is not spending her time being a devoted mother to her son, dog, and cat, Katy loves to go hiking and camping, as well as to work in her garden.

TFA Partners with UT Students


TFA is excited to be working with students from UT McComb's School of Business MIS 374, led by Clint Tuttle and Bruce White.  UT students will focus on analyzing current customer relations management systems in alignment with TFA's mission and identify and implement new tools to improve operations and grow our grassroots membership.  This collaborative opportunity provides hands-on learning for undergraduate students while providing valuable services for the organization.  Last year, MIS 374 students designed and built www.texansforthearts.com  Thank you, UT!


Nominations are now open for 2015 & 2016 Texas State Artists  


The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2015-2016 positions of Texas State Artists. We invite you to nominate qualified poets, musicians, 2D and 3D visual artists and help spread the word about this unique opportunity. Self nominations are encouraged. Deadline for nominations is Oct. 15, 2014.


The Texas Commission on the Arts Awards 2015 Funds 


TCA Commissioners met on September 4, 2014 and approved grants to organizations across Texas from a breadth of funding programs:  Arts Create - $3,326,287; Arts Respond - $947,153; Arts Respond Performance Support - $183,375; and Designated Funding/Commission Initiatives - $89,000.  


In addition, the TCA designated two new Cultural Districts.  The 71% increase in TCA appropriations garnered during the 2013 Legislative Session is enriching the lives of residents and visitors through expanded opportunities to engage in the arts while having a positive economic impact across the state.  


Ann S. Graham

Executive Director

Engaging Texans in a unified advocacy effort to protect and increase both public and private support for the arts.
Texans for the Arts | (512) 914-8096
PO Box 4549, Austin, TX 78765