Southeast Texas artists, organizations part of grant from state commission

Recovering from Harvey

Golden Triangle cities are included in nearly half a million dollars in grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts as part of an effort to help 52 arts organizations and 17 artists across the state impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

The commission announced Thursday it would award 69 grants worth $446,500, ranging from $1,500 to $40,000.

The grants are meant to assist with costs associated with business interruption due to the hurricane that are not covered by another source, according to the arts commission.

TCA Commissioner S. Shawn Stephens said in a news release that when it comes to relief assistance, the arts often wait until other community needs are addressed, "but these grants will help affected areas regain a sense of stability and help artists return to work.”

Artists and organizations in Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange are included in the grant, among 12 other cities.

The affected area contains 11 cultural districts and numerous arts organizations and artists, TCA Executive Director Gary Gibbs said.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mid-America Arts Alliance are supporting the effort, Gibbs said.

Funding for the Harvey relief grants includes $192,520 from the National Endowment for the Arts; $150,000 provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and $103,980 in state dollars. The Mid-America Arts Alliance raised money through a separate crowdfunding campaign, and will provide grants directly to 12 additional artist applicants under the TCA's advisement.

The commission has also compiled a page of resources for those affected by Harvey.

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