Nine Austin arts organizations find grants in their stockings, courtesy of a Santa played by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Grants in Your Stockings
Nine Austin arts organizations have had their holiday hopes fulfilled: A generous Santa filled their stockings with funding that will allow them to do more of what they do best in the coming year. In this instance, Santa was none other than the National Endowment for the Arts, the still-beleaguered federal agency that manages to dispense a little cash to artists and cultural organizations across the nation despite the best efforts of certain Congressional Grinches to end its gift-giving forever. Clearly, this was on the mind of U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-Travis) when he announced the NEA grants on Dec. 15. "Given the frigid climate in Congress when it comes to encouraging artistic expression," Doggett said, "it is especially heartening to see that so many of our established and emerging arts organizations will gain much-needed support." Doggett, whose record makes clear that he's one of the good guys where support for the arts is concerned, added that "we welcome and encourage the artistic expression here in Austin and view artistic freedom as an essential contribution to our national and local cultural heritage. From dance to opera to theatre to cinema to folk art, our community benefits from our local artists and arts organizations' wide range of endeavors." The fortunate nine will receive a total of $205,000 in federal funds. The organizations and the grants they were approved for are: