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Texas Cultural Trust

May, 2015

The Texas Cultural Trust is excited to announce the statewide broadcast of its preeminent Texas Medal of Arts Awards for the first time in the event’s history on Texas PBS stations thanks to the generous support of the Texas Lottery.  2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Trust and this year’s honorees include a distinguished class of individuals who have achieved greatness through their creative talents, as well as those whose generous philanthropy has opened doors of opportunity for Texans of all ages.  For more information, visit      


The Texas Medal of Arts broadcast will feature honorees:  T Bone Burnett, Music; Jamie Foxx, Film; Kilgore College Rangerettes, Dance; Rick Lowe, Visual Arts; Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Corporate Arts Patron; Margaret McDermott,  Individual Arts Patron; Emilio Nicolas, Multi-Media; Dan Rather and Chandra Wilson, Television; Charles Renfro, Architecture; Robert Schenkkan, Theatre;  Booker T. Washington for the Performing and Visual Arts; Lawrence Wright, Literary Arts; Ruth Altshuler, Standing Ovation Award; and The Gatlin Brothers, Lifetime Achievement Award.  It also includes performances by Texas Young Masters Ani Mayo and Amber Pickens, and an All-Star jam finale featuring Jamie Foxx, Ray Benson, Betty Buckley, and others.  


“Broadcasting the Texas Medal of Arts Awards has been a goal of the organization for quite some time and it is fitting we can make this goal a reality in time for our 20th anniversary,” said Jennifer Ransom Rice, executive director off the Texas Cultural Trust. “This is a wonderful opportunity for people across the state to experience what this event truly means to the honorees and everyone who attends. Texas PBS is the perfect broadcast partner due to their state-wide reach and commitment to cultural and educational programming, and we are grateful for the support of the Texas Lottery.”   


The following Texas PBS stations will broadcast the Texas Medal of Arts Awards on Friday, June 12th(times listed where available): 


Amarillo, Panhandle PBS

Dallas & Fort Worth, KERA

El Paso, KCOS - 8:00 pm

Harlingen, KMBH

Killeen & Waco, KNCT - 9:00 pm 

Lubbock, KTTZ

Midland & Odessa, Basin PBS


KLRU in Austin will show the Texas Medal of Arts awards on Sunday, June 28, 1:30 pm.  Texas PBS stations in KEDT in Corpus Christi, KAMU in College Station, Houston Public Media, and KLRN in San Antonio are pending. 


Texas PBS is a nonprofit association of the 12 Texas public television stations. The stations work together to sustain public media and produce content relevant to Texans.  For more information on the Texas PBS station in your area, visit  


"We are so pleased to bring this celebration of artists to the living rooms of Texans," said Kierstan Schwab, Texas PBS Executive Director. "The Texas Cultural Trust showcases exceptional artists from our state and nurtures future artists. We feel fortunate to help spread the word about all the amazing talent from our state."


“Like the recipients of this year’s awards, the Texas Lottery is committed to giving back to the state through its support of Texas education and veteran’s assistance programs. We are proud to honor their accomplishments and to sponsor the Texas Medal of Arts Awards.” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission.


The Texas Medal of the Arts Awards is the Trust’s signature event that celebrates those whose artistic talent and philanthropic support of the arts ensure its continued importance to the state’s economy, children’s education, and cultural landscape of Texas.  Since its inception in 2001, the Awards have celebrated 97 influential and talented honorees.  For a full list of previous honorees, visit  



Established in 1995, the Texas Cultural Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes and highlights the importance of the arts in educating our children and sustaining our vibrant Texas economy. The Texas Cultural Trust supports the programs of the Texas Commission on the Arts and other qualifying state agencies. In addition to the biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards, other programs include: Texas Women for the Arts, Founders for the Arts, Adventures in the ARTS, the Young Masters scholarship program, Art of Economic Development, and an Art & Digital Literacy Curriculum.  For more information on the Texas Cultural Trust, visit  


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