FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/06/2017
State Representative Diana Arévalo of House District 116 Defends Funding for the Texas Commission on the Arts
Austin, Texas - Today, Representative Arévalo spoke against an amendment on C. S. S. B. 1 which would have diverted funds for art and cultural programs all across Texas to other priorities through the amendment.
"The funding of the arts through the Texas Commission on the Arts (T.C.A.) is important to many areas both rural and urban, and helps students realize their potential." Representative Arévalo continued, "For fiscal year 2016, San Antonio area non-profits received over a combined total of $500,000 to promote arts and culture. I’m glad to know that 116 State Representatives voted to table this amendment."
Below are some facts about the T.C.A.:
• 90% of T.C.A.’s budget goes for grants to arts organizations, schools, and libraries in almost every district.
• T.C.A. receives $970,000 in federal funds each year that must be matched with state appropriations.
• T.C.A. is the only statewide funder of the arts in Texas. Many rural communities look to T.C.A. as the only source of funding for arts and culture.
• The arts have an economic impact of $5.5 billion and contribute $344 million in state sales tax revenue annually. The arts make money for the state.
• Students who participate in the arts are more successful academically and attend higher education at greater levels.
• 9 out of 10 Texas parents support increased funding for arts education in schools. (study by the Texas Cultural Trust).
Contact: Marc Hoskins