Texans for the Arts (TFA) is a highly effective, non-partisan statewide arts advocacy organization that provides coordinated information about legislative activity related to arts issues and organizes advocacy efforts in order to protect and increase public funding for the arts at the state, national and local levels.
Texans for the Arts, the official statewide arts advocacy organization, works to protect and increase public funding and to promote policies that support the arts.
Where Texas leads the nation in investing in the arts and ensures that the arts are an ongoing part of the public dialogue.
25 Years of Advocacy
- Texans for the Arts led the legislative strategy in the 86th Session that led to the largest budget increase for the Texas Commission on the Arts in the history of the agency.
- TFA has has hosted hundreds of legislative visits with elected officials from Local, State, and Federal posts - including annual meetings with the offices of Texas Senators John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, many members of the US House of Representatives, State Senators, State Representatives, Chambers of Commerce, City Councils and many more. TFA is our voice fighting for the arts each and every day in every corner of our government.
- In large part due to the efforts of Texans for the Arts the 85th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1221 with the intent of increasing local government transparency while also allowing the public to better understand the state’s patchwork of municipal Hotel Occupancy Taxes. To comply with Tax Code Section 351.009, municipalities that impose certain HOTs now must annually report their tax rates and revenue amounts, including the percentage of revenue allocated for specific uses, from the preceding fiscal year. This is vital information for the arts sector to have as we work to maximize the allowable percentage of these taxes that are dedicated to the arts in communities all over Texas.
- TFA Introduced Regional Conversations as a response to the COVID-19 shut downs to better connect the arts sector and focus on a unified response and action plan. These conversations are a chance for arts leaders in five geographic regions of Texas to connect and discuss the critical issues facing their local communities. As we emerge from the pandemic, the issues may change; but the need for this platform remains important and Texans for the Arts is there to help.