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Texans for the Arts (TFA) is a highly effective, non-partisan statewide arts advocacy organization that organizes advocacy efforts in order to protect and increase public and private funding for the arts at the state, national and local levels and provides coordinated information about legislative activity related to arts issues and promote policies that support the arts. Texans for the Arts is powered by its members and we encourage you to play an active role in our work across the state by becoming a member yourself!

 

 

 

Texans For The Arts Foundation (TFAF) is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides professional development and advocacy education for both arts administrators and committed arts’ supporters to build a broad constituency of citizen advocates. It also organizes efforts through data analysis, education, outreach, and community engagement to protect and increase public funding for the arts at the state, national, and local levels.

Texans for the Arts Foundation's vision is for Texas to lead the nation in investing in the arts and to ensure that the arts are an ongoing part of the public dialogue.

We believe the arts inspire community change that fosters economic development, creates a true sense of place, builds bridges and connects diverse cultures, and brings meaning and value to our lives both as individuals and as members of our larger society.  Support the work of Texans for the Arts Foundation by clicking on "Donate to the Foundation" below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voices from the Field

Advocacy is for Everyone

Christohper Kiley, Associate Director of Texans for the Arts

Advocacy is not reserved only for lobbyists behind closed doors. Advocacy is for all of us. We all have a story. If you are reading this, then I imagine the arts have been an invaluable part of your life in some way. Isn’t that worth fighting for? Of course it is!

As we enter our final weeks of the #EveryMemberCounts Campaign at Texans for the Arts, today I want to talk to you about why I am so inspired by the work of our organization and why I remain committed to it after some six years with Texans for the Arts.

From High Ed Issues to Higher Lessons

As a student pursuing a master’s degree in the arts, my second degree in the field, it is perhaps unsurprising that advancing the interests of the arts in higher education is something that I am passionate about. I am passionate enough to charge in to defend arts programs at the college level and tell my representatives to vote down a bill that would hurt the arts in higher education.

 

But as I begin to learn about the current issues through the higher education panel at the Americans for the Arts National Arts Action Summit, I realized that while there are certainly a few immediate concerns that are closely related to priorities of the current administration such as the doubling the Pell Grant and enacting equitable and meaningful student debt forgiveness, in this moment, there is not a specific bill for which to go rushing into frantic defense or support.

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