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After Harvey, who preserves our culture?

3:28 pm Sep. 2, 2017

The organized arts and humanities generally don’t save lives directly during emergency situations. Yet they save our culture — our shared memory — over the long run. Here are some ways the state and national

Heidi Marquez Smith is new exec at Texas Cultural Trust

2:15 pm Aug. 14, 2017

The former head of the Texas Book Festival will now lead the Texas Cultural Trust.

Heidi Marquez Smith takes over as executive director at the statewide arts advocacy group after the departure of Jennifer Ransom Rice. 

“As a long-time, passionate advocate for

NEA dispatches almost $500,000 to Austin arts

4:55 pm Jun. 14, 2017

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

NEA, NEH, PBS on the chopping block once again

3:30 pm Feb. 20, 2017

Since my first day at the newspaper 28 years ago, the National Endowment for the Arts — its sibling National Endowment for the Humanities and Corporation for Public Broadcasting — have been under fire.

The only mildly surprising thing