The National Endowment for the Arts today announced almost $83 million in grants nationwide.
Of that, $2.5 million went to Texas. Almost $1 million of that was given to the Texas Commission on the Arts to pass along to artists and arts groups statewide. In fact, of the $83 million that the NEA handed out today, almost $51 million went to its state partners like the Commission.
Austin’s share of the NEA grants is distorted by the fact that the Texas Commission is located in the city but benefits artists statewide. Some of that will be spent here, but we don’t know yet how much.
Interestingly, the $100,000 that Austin’s Creative Action garnered was for a partnershiip with Six Square, a group that seeks to preserve and promote the historical and cultural legacy of African-American in East Austin. Six Square is a designated Texas Cultural Arts District, but the state legislature declined to fund $5 million for the more than 30 such districts statewide.
Unless I’m missing something, these are the Austin beneficiaries:
Forklift Danceworks: $40,000 (in two grants)
Austin Chamber Music Center: $20,000
Austin Classical Guitar: $55,000
Austin School District: $100,000
Big Medium: $20,000
Austin Cultural Arts Division: $50,000
Creative Action: $100,000
Texas Folklife: $35,000*
*UPDATE: Texas Folklife received an additional $38,000 grant for its statewide work.