Texans for the Arts 

November 26,2014  
Empowering Arts Advocates Across Texas
Table of Contents
  • Thank you!
  • What you can do!
  • Meet our 2015 Board of Directors
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


Catherine Cuellar, Dallas


Cissy Segall Davis, Houston


Linda Donahue, Lubbock


Jane Estes, Georgetown


Ben Fyffe, El Paso



Jonathon Glus, Houston


Chris Heinbaugh, Dallas


Danny Holeva, Midland


JoLynne Jensen, Bedford



Linda Lee, Fort Worth


Perryn Leech, Houston



Mary Padgett, Austin


Immediate Past President

Felix Padron, San Antonio


George Ramirez, Brownsville


Jennifer Ransom Rice, Austin


Vice President

Cookie Ruiz, CFRE, Austin


John Kerr Smither, Huntsville


Penelope Speier, San Antonio 


Glenda Thompson, Fort Worth


Ex Officio

Jim Bob McMillan, Texas Commission on the Arts


Executive Director

Ann S. Graham, Austin
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On behalf of our Board or Directors, I would like to thank you for your passionate interest and participation in the arts.  You value the role that the arts play in our lives and in the health of our communities, and how they can build connections between the diverse cultures of the world.  You understand how the arts can inspire, heal, elevate and create a safe place where we can come together to discuss, share, contemplate, and celebrate the unique world around us.  And you know that the arts have a significant positive economic impact across our communities and play a critical role in a vibrant economy.


Thank you, too, for your belief in public support for the arts!  We will need your voice and commitment more than ever as we begin the 84th Texas Legislative Session on January 13, 2015.  We know that the investment of public resources reflects civic leadership that understands the true value and vital role of the arts in our society. 


There are a few things you can do in the coming weeks to get ready for 2015:

  • Sign up for 2015 Arts Advocacy Day!
    On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, Texans for the Arts will host its biennial Arts Advocacy Day.  Join us, beginning at 11:00 a.m., to learn about the issues, be inspired by your peers, prepare for and make visits with your legislators.

Last, but not least, I would like to recognize and thank TFA's dedicated and committed Board of Directors from across the state of Texas, listed here to the left, and to announce our new 2015 leadership team and new members.  Our Board of Directors brings a wealth of skills, experience and professionalism to this commitment and play a critical role in strengthening the impact of TFA.

Thank you to all of you across the state for participating in our grassroots advocacy effort to support the development and implementation of public policy, and secure public and private resources to strengthen and grow vibrant, dynamic and economically rich arts and cultural communities across Texas.


Very best wishes,


Ann S. Graham

Executive Director

Texans for the Arts

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