The arts are an important development tool for Texas communities. They impact our state and local economies, preserve our unique culture, enhance quality of life, and attract and retain a creative workforce.

Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) serves communities by offering services, grants and programs to cultivate and strengthen the cultural industries of Texas. In addition to providing jobs, Texas arts and cultural industries also generate $4.5 billion annually in taxable sales (Source: Update: Impact of Arts & Culture Industries in Texas).  TCA can help you put the arts to work for your community.

Services

TCA offers a program to provide affordable ($150 on up) high-quality artists who are willing to travel to other communities to perform. TCA maintains a searchable list of these artists called the Texas Touring Roster. Artists of all disciplines and genres compete for the chance to be part of the roster. Nonprofits of all kinds may apply to TCA for a portion of the cost of bringing these artists to their community. It is a simple application process based on the dates of the performance. To apply, get set up with an online account and visit with TCA Program Staff.

For ideas on how to use the Texas Touring Roster, watch this video:

TCA can help with grant applications.
TCA staff are available to review your draft grant applications and provide you with feedback to strengthen your proposal. We offer grantwriting workshops and webinars to help you achieve success with your TCA grant proposal.

TCA can help you develop your arts program.
TCA has a variety of resources and programs to help you create a strong and viable arts program.  Staff can consult with you on specific questions or issues.

TCA can help you develop your arts or cultural organization.
TCA staff are available to consult with your organization about issues like nonprofit board development, fundraising, strategic planning, cultural tourism and marketing.  We also offer online resources on these topics.

TCA can help you develop the arts in your community.
TCA staff are available to consult with your local government, organizations, and other stakeholders to determine strategies to harness the arts for community development and revitalization.

TCA can help you make your community as an arts destination.
TCA designates cultural districts, in cities across Texas. Cultural districts are special zones that connect cultural resources to stimulate economic development and community revitalization. These districts can become focal points for generating businesses, attracting tourists, stimulating cultural development and fostering civic pride.

Please contact TCA staff to get started.