The Amon Carter Museum announces that it has been awarded two grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA). The museum will receive a two-year $48,000 Arts Create grant and a $2,500 Arts Respond Project-Education grant.
“We are both honored and grateful for receiving these generous grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts,” says Amon Carter Museum Director Ron Tyler. “Admission to the Carter is free, and though we receive support from the Amon G. Carter Foundation, we must still raise between $1.5 and $2 million a year to cover the costs of our education programs, special exhibitions, free-admission policy and other initiatives. Both of these grants will help us achieve that fund raising goal.”
The Arts Create and Arts Repond grants are two new categories for TCA, which recently restructured its grant programs. The Carter’s Arts Create award is the second-highest given in the state. These funds go toward the museum’s operating budget, supporting staff salaries and other general expenses. TCA established Arts Create to advance the creative economy of Texas by investing in arts organizations.
Arts Respond was established to support projects that use art to promote innovations in K-12 education and to provide project assistance grants on a short-term basis. The Carter’s award will be applied to the museum’s award-winning Distance Learning program, which reached more than 14,000 students from around the country during the 2008–2009 school year through live interactive video conferences.
For more information about the Carter’s programs, please visit cartermuseum.org.