Texas Arts Advocacy Day 2019, Austin. Photo credit: Matt Stryker






Texans for the Arts Foundation would like to give a shout out to our team who conducted the HOT Toolkit Workshop on November 12th.  Thank you Cookie Ruiz, Executive Director, Ballet Austin and President, Texans for the Arts Foundation; Ann S. Graham, Executive Director, Texans for the Arts; Travis James, Vice President, TXP, Inc.; Greg Conte, Data Analysis Manager, Texas Comptroller’s Office; Bill Longley, Legislative Counsel, Texas Municipal League; and Brian Sullivan, Deputy General Counsel, Texas Hotel & Lodging Association.

In the most challenging of times Texans for the Arts Foundation (TFAF) launched the Municipal Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Toolkit, an online resource for arts, municipal, hotel and tourism leaders that is a comprehensive compendium of what you need to know about Texas’ Municipal Hotel Occupancy Tax, Chapter 351 of the Texas Tax Code, and the positive impact HOT can have in communities across Texas.

The goal of the HOT Toolkit is to explain the complexities of the Hotel Occupancy Tax, and to give voice as to why investing the allowable "up to 15% for the arts" is a sound investment in the social health and economic well being and recovery of every community.

It is crucial now, more than ever, that stakeholders from arts organizations, municipalities, hotels and the convention and tourism industry work side by side with our communities’ best interests in mind.

If you missed our Workshop, you can listen to it in its entirety here. Be sure to also check out the 3 minute video (linked above) about the Toolkit, and the web site itself at www.hottoolkit.com

Texans for the Arts Foundation would like to thank the Houston Endowment for their grant support of the HOT Toolkit. It would not have been possible without their commitment to this work. Texans for the Arts Foundation also thanks the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association for their long term partnership. 


If you have any questions about the Toolkit or about the Hotel Occupancy Tax, or have ideas about how to share the Toolkit around the state - please get in touch at info@texansforthearts.com




Tell Congress to take action NOW!

The COVID crisis is devastating Texas’ creative sector. Without continued and expanded federal relief, the sector’s immediate and long-term viability is in jeopardy. Now is the moment for all of us—individual artists, creative businesses, nonprofit organizations, patrons, students, teachers, and audience members—to come together and demand action. 

Election Day has come and gone with no further legislative action from congress on Covid-19 Relief. While this is a disappointing development, we are still feeling hopeful as arts advocacy campaigns gain traction around the country. Read below for actions you should still take at this time to advocate to for the arts. We must continue to advocate when and where we can for the resources the arts sector needs. Texans for the Arts' Arts Sector & COVID-19 Relief Letter is a platform developed by dozens of leading national arts organizations which we endorsed and then delivered to all of our Congressional leaders in DC in July with over 200 signatures from Texas-based arts organizations. We’re demanding stronger federal support for nonprofits and small businesses, especially in communities of color; continuation of expanded unemployment benefits; increased incentives for charitable giving; and federal assistance in offsetting state and local revenue shortfalls.

Please e-mail and call your Congressional legislators to let them know you support this agenda and urge them to take action to support the creative sector in Texas and across the country. We need your voice now. 


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