Several Beaumont arts organizations were announced Thursday as recipients of Harvey relief grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Seven Southeast Texas theaters, museums and art groups received a total of $23,500 in grants funded by National Endowment for the Arts, Mellon Foundation and the State of Texas according to a release from the Texas Commission for the Arts.
Southeast Texas Recipients of "Arts Organization Relief" grants
- Art Museum of Southeast $1,500
- Beaumont Community Players $2,000
- Young Audiences of Southeast Texas $4,000
- Lutcher Theater $2,000
- Orange Community Players $5,000
- Port Arthur
- Port Arthur Little Theatre $4,000
- Texas Artists Museum Society $5,000
The commission awarded a total of $446,500 to 52 arts organizations and 17 artists in 15 Texas cities including Beaumont, Clute, Corpus Christi, Elgin, Friendswood, Galveston, Gonzales, Hallettsville, Houston, Orange, Port Aransas, Port Arthur, Rockport, Round Top and Spring according to the release.
Grants for organizations ranged from $1,500 to $40,000 and individual artist grants ranged from $1,500 - $2,500 the release said.
The grants are intended to assist with costs associated with interruption by Harvey that were not covered by another source.
From the Texas Commission on the arts...
Grant distribution decisions took into account the severity of the impact on the organization or artist’s business as reported in applications submitted to TCA.
Grant amounts were also determined in part by the size of organizations’ annual budgets. Applications were open to nonprofit arts organizations based in, or professional artists who reside in, a county included in the federal major disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey.
“I’m proud to see TCA providing support to the arts entities and artists who need it right now,” said TCA Commissioner S. Shawn Stephens, of Houston.
“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.”
“We are pleased to be able to quickly assist the Texas arts community in its recovery from Harvey,” said TCA Executive Director Gary Gibbs.
“The affected area contains 11 cultural districts and numerous arts organizations and artists. We are thankful to our colleagues at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mid-America Arts Alliance who are generously supporting us in the effort to restore the arts industry to its full strength.”
Funding for the Hurricane Harvey Relief grants includes $192,520 received from the National Endowment for the Arts; $150,000 provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and $103,980 in State monies.
As well, the Mid-America Arts Alliance raised money through a separate crowdfunding campaign, and will provide grants directly to twelve additional artist applicants, as advised by TCA.In addition to the grants provided, TCA has compiled a page of resources for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.