Arts & Culture

Texas Awards Arts Grants To Four Houston-Area Students; Ten To Dallas-Area

Which leads to the question: “Are students in Greater Houston represented well in the arts?”

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Austin-based Texas Commission on the Arts and Texas Cultural Trust awarded 15 Texas high school students grants as part of their Young Masters Program.

This week, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust gave grants to 15 Texas high school students studying the arts. Of those, there are four from the Houston area, one from Lubbock, and ten from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

So, why is there such a disparity?

TCA's Executive Director Gary Gibbs says they received more applicants from north Texas this year, but adds that the challenge is getting the word out to the students. TCA relies on the teachers.

"Then (teachers) have to take it upon themselves to let their students know about it," Gibbs explains.

The news could lead to the question of whether Houston-area students are represented well enough in the arts.

"I would love to see the proportion of Houston applicants for this honor go up," says Troy Scheid.

Scheid is the Arts Education Initiative Specialist at Young Audiences of Houston. The organization works with Houston-area schools to bring more arts programming into the classroom.

"The benefits of the arts go across all subjects, so I know we'd be seeing more outstanding students in all fields from our region," Scheid says.

Each recipient of the Young Masters grant receives $5,000 for two years to pursue their studies. Three of the Houston students will be studying visual arts; the fourth is studying theater.

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