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On the Funding Front
The governor puts a hit out on the Texas Commission on the Arts
Arts Story  February 18, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Here we go again. Money gets tight on the government side, and the call goes out: Cut public funding for the arts! Seriously? That card was tired three recessions back..."

TFAA Director Sandra Greagor Igniting a Fire for the Arts
Arts Story  July 28, 1995
" Rebecca Levy "I think you make art be- cause you can't not make it," says Sandra Greagor, Director of the Texas Fine Arts Association (TFAA). "I don't have that compulsion." Needless to say, she's never dreamed of becoming an artist..."

Get on the Bus
A guide to anti-war events nationally and in Texas on Sept. 24
News Story  September 23, 2005, by Wells Dunbar
"...• Give Peace a Dance/Feed the Needy, Not the Greedy, Dallas, Sept. 24: The Dallas End the War Committee hosts a benefit concert and peace rally at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters Inc..."

Hip-Hop on the Verge
Austin finally cemented a scene, but who will break out nationally?
Music Story  January 15, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Now 40 and back in Austin after spending time in southern California while his wife pursued her doctorate, Blakes fills his days teaching English language arts to seventh-graders at Decker Middle School. He's a father now..."

Art of the State
Retiring director Rick Hernandez reflects on three decades with the Texas Commission on the Arts
Arts Story  August 17, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...When Ricardo Hernandez started working with the Texas Commission on the Arts, Dolph Briscoe was in the governor's office, Jimmy Carter was in the White House, and Elvis was still in Graceland. At that time, the agency approached him to serve as an artist in residence for a juvenile lockup in the Gatesville State School for Boys – "They'd heard about me because I had worked in this federal prison in El Paso, so they came looking for me" – and he accepted, thinking it would be a one-time gig..."

The Threat to NEA Funding and Austin
How would the proposed cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts hit Austin? Hard.
Arts Story  April 27, 2017, by Katarina Brown
"...Keeping art alive takes cash. Since its founding in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts has supplied money to artists and organizations all over the U.S., the Texan art scene prominent among them..."

Improvisation on Four Legs and a Seat
Eighty Texas artists accept Damian Priour's invitation to riff on the idea of chair
Arts Story  November 14, 2008, by Katherine Catmull
"...One of the best parts of this game is that the mailing was unannounced. A chosen artist would open an unexpected box to find one of Priour's chairs, along with a request to respond by making a new chair, in any medium the artist chose, and sending it back to Priour..."

The Medium Mash
Previewing MALI Women's Film & Performance Arts Festival
Screens Story  May 15, 2009, by Cindy Widner
"...If you look in the dictionary under "defies categorization," you might find the logo of the Media Arts & Literacy Institute's Women's Film & Performance Arts Festival. Now in its ninth year, the four-day music, film, poetry, and performance party has long heralded the inevitable rise of the shape-shifting artist..."

Opie on Top
AFF to honor Ron Howard's extraordinary contribution to filmmaking
DAILY Screens  July 14, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...The Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art...."

Texas Arts Exchange: CultureCon 2006
The Texas Commission on the Arts' latest biennial conference draws together artists and arts professionals to discuss ways to integrate the arts more fully into the lives of our communities
Arts Story  August 18, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...The 21st century has yet to prove itself a golden age for the arts. Securing support from public and private sources is every bit the struggle it's always been, artists are still undervalued in both the social and economic spheres, and arts education is more absent than present in the schools, despite mounting evidence of its positive effects on overall learning..."

Austin Access Arts Summer Events
Arts Story  June 10, 1999
"...If you wish to volunteer for Access Austin Arts, want more information on its programs, or wish to be involved in the video project, check out AAA's Web site at: or call 454-9912. Upcoming events are listed below...."

Lone Star Arts Convergence
Artists converge on Austin for TCA's Texas Arts Exchange Conference
Arts Story  July 30, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...If you think you're seeing more creative types than usual downtown this weekend, it's no illusion. Artists and arts administrators from El Paso to Texarkana, Abilene to Brownsville, and all points between are converging on our town to confer on matters artistic at the Texas Arts Exchange Conference, sponsored by the Texas Commission on the Arts..."

Texas Young Masters
Eight students from Austin have been named to the 2006 class of Young Masters as designated by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust Council
Arts Story  April 21, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...Eight students from Austin have been named to the 2006 class of Young Masters, as designated by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust Council. The program recognizes outstanding artists in grades 8-12 with scholarships – up to $2,500 per year – to further their studies in the discipline of their choice: literature, theatre, dance, visual art, music, or media arts..."

'Marc Burckhardt + Gustavo Torres'
Don't think for an instant that the work in this show is anything but art
Arts Review  November 25, 2011, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...But it could be that Burckhardt's paintings in acrylic and oil on panel – no less sublime in their subjects and execution, even richer in color and more dense with narrative – might confuse the sort of people who'd also relegate Norman Rockwell or various Wyeths to the mere-commercial-graphics category. It didn't confuse the Texas Commission on the Arts or the Legislature that named Burckhardt the Texas State Two-Dimensional Artist in 2010, though, and it won't confuse you as you stand there, enthralled, reveling in beauty so close to home yet bigger, in its implications, than all of this storied Lone Star State...."

Fidencio Durán: Painting the Known World
This fall, Fidencio Durán's 20 years of painting have earned him a midcareer retrospective at Mexic-Arte Museum
Arts Story  October 21, 2005, by Patti Hadad
"...After graduating from UT in 1984, Durán made good on his dream. He has spotted the map with his murals and made a name for himself as a visiting artist in Texas schools as part of the Texas Commission on the Arts' Arts and Education Program..."

Austin Arts Groups
A dozen culture providers have been very nice, according to the NEA
Arts Story  December 25, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...The National Endowment for the Arts has made its annual impersonation of St. Nick and dropped some federal funding into the stockings of a dozen local culture providers..."

Calling in the Experts
Arts Story  October 11, 2002, by Robert Faires
"...Dabney and Associates, the consulting firm hired by the city to review Austin's arts funding policies, consists of Lucille E. Dabney and Marion McCollam, both former executive directors of the Cultural Arts Council of Houston; and Eduardo Diaz, former director of cultural affairs for the city of San Antonio..."

The Austin Writers' League Writer's Resource
Books Story  February 16, 1996
"...Her valiant efforts have helped to make the AWL the largest regional writing group in Texas, and one of the largest in the country, second only to the well-known Washington Independent Writers after which it was modeled. Now, too, as the only literary arts association with the means to take over, AWL will have the added responsibility of dispersing funding formerly granted by the Texas Commission on the Arts..."

The Exhibition Switch
Arts Column  August 2, 1996
"...August 8-9: Texas Commission on the Arts' Third Cultural Connections Conference, also at the Omni, bringing together artists and presenters of the arts to talk ideas and issues. Choreographer Liz Lerman and organizational strategist Sherry Schiller are speakers..."

A Day at The Races.... One Hour at the Mixed Arts Panel Review Session
Arts Story  May 27, 1999
"...Jim Bob McMillan, chair of the Mixed Arts panel, carries folding chairs into the meeting room in the Dove Springs Multipurpose Center, located a few miles east of I-35 off Stassney. Each year, the Parks and Recreation Department, which oversees the Cultural Contracts Program, picks a different venue for the review sessions; to the players, it must feel that each year sees them heading further and further afield...."

Texas Book Festival
Festival Roundup
Books Story  November 15, 1996
"...Unfortunately, their idea for an annual festival of Texas books to take place at the State Capitol ran headlong into the huge Capitol extension and renovation project. By the time the construction was finally completed, the book festival idea had attracted the interest of the Austin Writers' League, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and Texas First Lady Laura Bush..."

The State of Perry's Smile
Governor proposes less for arts, more for big business
DAILY News  February 9, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...Whodda thunk?) He argued that Texas needs to keep all its "premiere economic development tools," but he did not name either the Major Events Trust Fund or the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program. However, he also has his target list: He wants the Department of Rural Affairs folded into the Department of Agriculture, and the Historical Commission and the Commission on the Arts completely suspended until the economy improves to his liking..."

Off the Record
Gearing up for the 2008 Austin City Limits Music Festival
Music Column  September 26, 2008, by Austin Powell
"...• The Texas Commission on the Arts is accepting nominations through Oct. 5 for the 2009-2010 Texas State Musician ("

"Calling the Shots: Women Screenwriters of the 1930s" Schedule
Screens Story  April 1, 1999
"...The series is co-sponsored by the Austin Museum of Art, Reel Women, and the Austin American-Statesman. The series is made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the city of Austin...."

Into the Pink
Interview With Filmmaker and Novelist Gus Van Sant
Screens Story  February 20, 1998, by Sid Moody
"...In telling the story of infomercial director Spunky Davis, Pink issues a whole arsenal of literary challenges to the standards of literary conventions. The novel is chock-full of visual and textual stimuli - including the author's own drawings, a flip-book, descriptive footnotes, and various typefaces meant to indicate different voices - as well as a cast of characters with thinly veiled real-life counterparts...."

Arts and History: The Way the Culture Crumbles
Cuts run deep for arts, historic preservation, and libraries
News Story  March 4, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...From the ongoing war against the National Endowment for the Arts to the new push to defund NPR and PBS, conservatives keep fighting to cut culture out of government. So there was little shock when Gov..."

Bending the Rules
Getting arts funding from the City of Austin is a long, complicated game, and Austin Chronicle writers Robi Polgar, John Walch, and Mary Jane Garza have been following some of the players around the game board this year. In the final part of their four-part series, they critique the city arts funding process.
Arts Story  September 3, 1999, by Mary Jane Garza, Robi Polgar and John Walch
"...It's unpredictable moments like these that keep hope alive and keep players from flipping over the game board in utter frustration. As the City of Austin arts funding system -- formally known as the Cultural Contracts Program -- enters its ninth and final month for this year, its resemblance to a long-running game of Monopoly is most apparent..."

Arts Stalwarts
Twelve of Austin's cultural heroes will be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame at the 2003 Austin Critics Table Awards ceremony, and here is an introduction to them and some of their significant contributions to the local arts scene.
Arts Story  May 30, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...They are Austin's cultural heroes. They are individuals who have founded local arts institutions and nurtured their development, pioneered forms of creative expression on the stage and on canvas, and shared their knowledge and experience with new generations of artists..."

UT: Major Arts Commissions Announced
Landmarks will get new mural, CoFA a Spanish-language opera
DAILY Arts  August 4, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...This time of year, most talk about the University of Texas concerns the football team, but the arts may generate some chatter this week with the news of two major commissions: from public art program Landmarks, a massive mural by José Parlá and from the College of Fine Arts, an opera about Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera...."

Austin Arts Get Going in 1995 Forward Motion
Arts Story  January 5, 1996
"...In arts circles, 1995 may be best remembered as the year Congress gutted the National Endowment for the Arts and left a littered landscape of angry debate over public funding and freedom of expression; a year of intolerance and rhetoric on the political front and a year of decreased funding from foundations and individuals on the private side...."

The Daily Hustle: 4/13/10
Parks & Rec, B&Cs catch wreck
DAILY News  April 13, 2010, by Wells Dunbar
"...From the city's press release: The session will be at 4:30 p.m. at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Arts Center, 1165 Angelina St..."

The Daily Hustle: 5/17/10
MRFs, oh my!
DAILY News  May 17, 2010, by Wells Dunbar
"...The road to construction of a local MRF to take on the city’s single-stream recyclables has had more stops and starts than a trash truck on bulk pickup day. The vacillation on whether to renew the city’s money-losing contract with Greenstar, who had to truck our stuff out of town; the ruling Greenstar and Texas Disposal Systems violating the city’s anti-lobbying ordinance by contacting council; and TDS’ decision to circumvent the application process by submitting the MRF proposal as an addendum to an existing contract they held with the city...."

Council: Heating Up the HOT Tax
Mayor moves to defend his solutions to the “Downtown Puzzle”
News Story  August 31, 2017, by Michael King
"...Leading into the week, the high-profile question was the potential fate of the mayor's "Downtown Puzzle," a multi-pronged, still-developing initiative to raise the Hotel Occupancy Tax, expand the Convention Center, facilitate a Tourism Public Improve­ment District (via Downtown hotels), and use the funding that generates to address Downtown homelessness, supplement the Waller Creek project, support heritage sites, and help sustain the local music industry. That's the nominal subject of Adler-sponsored Addendum Item 101 – which is more precisely a quick-strike response to Item 60, proposed by CM Ellen Troxclair, that would instead reallocate some of the existing HOT tax in the direction of cultural arts and parks ("Downtown Puzzle or Rubik's Cube?" Aug..."

Commission Mission
UT's Performing Arts Center Spawns New Art
Arts Story  October 18, 1996, by Robert Faires
"...Hidden somewhere in our city is a great benefactor of the arts, one whose contributions in the past five years have had an impact not only locally but internationally. This deep-pocketed patron has quietly become a major force in the creation of new work, commissioning pieces from some of the world's premier composers, musicians, and dance/theatre artists..."

Austin Film Festival: Filmmakers of the World, Unite!
Why film commissions are really your friend
DAILY Screens  October 24, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...However, she argued that applying for their grants is a good idea, even if your project is not successful. The AFS is one of the few subsidizing arts bodies that gives feedback while the applicant is filling out paperwork..."

Experience the C.H.A.R.M.?
Marketing the "live music capital of the world"
Music Story  September 6, 1996, by Andy Langer
"...On the city's letterhead and bumper stickers, Austin is the "Live Music Capital of the World." But what if we were merely charming instead? When word leaked out this past March that city planners were considering changing Austin's official slogan to "Experience the C.H.A.R.M. [Culture, Heritage, Arts, Recreation, and Music] of Austin," local clubowners, musicians, and industry leaders sat up and took notice..."

The Entertainment Economy
As the Austin film, music, and gaming scenes become a "cluster," civic leaders are looking for industrial-strength creativity
News Story  March 14, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Nothing nearly so detailed exists for other sectors of the entertainment economy, yet. (A suggestion being floated within the Mayor's Task Force effort is to do a similar study of film, digital entertainment, and the performing arts.) Texas Perspectives also produced the white paper that kicked off the Mayor's Task Force, in which Hockenyos cites census figures showing that Austin's "arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media" cluster employs 7,850 people directly and generates about $238 million in annual wages..."

The Daily Hustle: 8/3/10
Sparks rains on City Council
DAILY News  August 3, 2010, by Wells Dunbar
"...The Renaissance Market Commission meets in the Dougherty Arts Center, Yellow Conference Room, 1110 Barton Springs, 6pm...."

UT's Public Arts Program Debuts an Ambitious New Project
Landmarks presents Ann Hamilton’s O N E E V E R Y O N E at the Dell Medical School
Arts Story  January 26, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...In the latter are the slightly bent fingers of her left hand, each so distinct that wrinkles on the knuckles may be seen, and just below them, the similarly bent digits of the right, only with the index finger capped by a white medical monitor, from which a cord loops to and coils around her right wrist. The clarity of these areas gives the impression of this girl having found the boundary of this fog and leaned into it, pressing these parts of herself to it that we might see them clearly...."

Running the UT Numbers
Unless you're the football coach, budgetary times are dire
News Story  December 18, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Only 49% of UT's faculty members are tenured, and it's the rest, including lecturers – hired on a year-to-year contractual basis – who are worried about not having their contracts renewed. Mark Garrison, a lecturer in Italian in the College of Liberal Arts, said: "I seriously expect to lose my job..."

Out of Commission
The curious saga of 20 portraits of British literary greats that UT paid Feliks Topolski to paint, then didn't show for decades
Arts Story  September 29, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...The Irish playwright was none other than George Bernard Shaw, who befriended Topolski shortly after the young Warsaw native moved to London in the mid-Thirties. The two got on so famously – Larry Carver, director of the College of Liberal Arts' honors program and co-curator of the Topolski exhibition, likens their relationship to father and son – that Shaw invited Topolski to illustrate editions of his plays In Good King Charles's Golden Days, Pygmalion, and Geneva..."

Abandoning the Nest
Hurt by the state's inadequate incentives program, Texas film crews take flight
Screens Story  May 23, 2008, by Joe O'Connell
"...Thornton feels that pain. Like much of Texas' film crew, he wouldn't be mistaken for an A/V geek or a stereotypical artsy hipster..."

Do the Right Thing
Call me Commissioner
Music Story  December 25, 2009, by Margaret Moser
"...Much is left on the table, including the quality of life for musicians, live music venue issues, working with other commissions such as the Downtown Commission and the Arts Commission, Waller Creek questions, and yes, even street busking, an activity that can be traced back centuries. Is an open guitar case panhandling? No? What about an open guitar case with a CD for sale? Does it matter?..."

Playback: The Greyhounds Hoof It
Groove-mongering R&B duo the Greyhounds get mule-headed, S.S. Hangover floats Laguna Gloria, and the Austin Music Commission overlooks music hub
Music Column  April 12, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...No surprise for a pair known to dabble in the lost arts, the Hounds jibed with the studio's all-in-one-room, do-it-live essence. Shoulder-shakin' blues strut "No Other Woman" typifies the LP's undeniably natural feel, while the smooth R&B magic of "Learning How to Love" captures an exalted performance from Farrell...."

Texas Book Festival Announces Full Lineup
From R.L. Stine to Reza Aslan, 225-plus converge on the Capitol
DAILY Books  September 10, 2013, by Monica Riese

Thursday Night: 'Mess With Texas' & Texas Filmmakers Showcase 2012
Art obliterates all your previous Thursday night plans
DAILY Screens  September 5, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...The event is co-presented with the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Aurora Picture Show, and TAMI, the collection features the work of Kelly Sears, Alex Luster, Mark and Angela Walley, Scott Stark, and Alec Jhangiani...."

Classical Revival at the Blanton
The Art of the Deal
News Story  August 25, 2000, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...And the English-born McKinnell has also built major projects at Emory, so it's pretty clear where the select committee of the selection committee will be going on their junket to get a hands-on look at their finalists' work. McKinnell's best buildings are mostly in the Bay State, including the celebrated Boston City Hall -- his firm's first project -- the city's Hynes Convention Center, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences headquarters and other works at Harvard, and two small but tres-cool museums..."

The Road to 10-1: NAAO Forum, or …
How do you fit three dozen candidates into two hours?
DAILY News  July 26, 2014, by Michael King
"...The silliest moment in the cross-cultural vein was mayoral candidate Todd Phelps’ describing his “close affinity for Asian culture” as reflected in his youthful obsession with martial arts – mercifully, his time expired before he could elaborate on remarks that began with “the slurping of the soup and other clichés.” (Phelps had begun by declaring “I love Austin as much as I love my dog,” an apparent laugh line that garnered none.)..."

Austin @ Large: Reading the Riot Act
I want a new central library, and I want it now
News Column  February 27, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...And not just because it's not a life-or-death kind of service. People feel quite urgently in this town about parks and arts funding and run-of-the-mill urban traffic..."

The Facts Were Immaterial
The 'counterintelligence' operations of Hoover's FBI included harassment, vilification, violence – and fake 'underground' newspapers in Bloomington, D.C., and Austin
News Story  June 7, 2013, by Dale Brumfield
"...In the fall of 1966, UT students Embree, Robert Pardun, and Thorne Dreyer organized a weekly, collectively-run, underground newspaper called The Rag. ("Under­ground" was an honorific term applied to free or cheap news-and-arts weeklies that sprung up across the country, often in college towns.) Like most such papers, it was staffed by advocacy journalists and SDS members who considered the mainstream press a failure in addressing the "new community" developing in Austin and the United States, pointing out the media's unwillingness to provide space for controversial ideas or present anti-establishment points of view on social issues, and especially in opposition to the Vietnam War..."

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