paign as a way to continue to broaden support for the arts while raising vital funds for the next generation of Texas talent. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top is the official spokesperson of the campaign that will run Tuesday, February 1st, through Tuesday, March 1st. The Texas Rising Stars campaign has a goal of $20,000, which will provide two very deserving young artists with an annual $5,000 grant for two years. The Trust chose to use crowdfunding to connect with a new level of engagement, and to strengthen the message that arts are for everybody to enjoy, to participate in, and to support. The Texas Rising Stars Campaign can be found at www.TxRisingStars.CauseVox.com, when it goes live on February 1st, and can be followed on Facebook and Twitter using #TxRisingStars.
A 2011 Texas Medal of Arts honoree in music, Billy Gibbons is one third of the “little band from Texas,” ZZ Top. Together they released such hits as “Gimmie All Your Lovin’”, “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs” from their seminal album, Eliminator, which stayed on the charts for over three years and was certified Platinum over ten times. Gibbons was ranked #32 by Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. The Trust is thrilled to have one of its Texas Legends help support #TxRisingStars as it continues to use new and creative ways to bring the arts to the forefront, as well as promote the importance of the arts in educating our children and sustaining Texas’ economy.
“The Young Masters is all about pushing boundaries, and that includes age,” said Texas Cultural Trust Executive Director, Jennifer Ransom Rice. “We want to push the boundaries of not only who is able to create amazing art, but who can support it as well. We want to engage arts enthusiasts of all ages and giving abilities, and show how they are vital in sustaining Texas’ vibrant arts legacy. And we are thrilled that one of our Texas legends has agreed to support this important initiative. Having Billy Gibbons on board will help further our message that everyone’s support of the arts is crucial, at every level, and even nominal donations can add up to make a big difference. These young people represent a wide-variety of disciplines, and our state’s cultural future. The Trust is proud to recognize our next generation of Texas legends, and arts supporters.”
The Texas Rising Stars campaign features donation levels of $10, $20, $50, and $100, with the option to donate larger amounts. Gibbons will record a radio spot and video that will showcase the importance of supporting the arts and will help promote the campaign’s efforts to go viral. The campaignwill also include a “Toolkit” that contains letters, a Young Masters informational video, photographs, and graphic elements that anyone interested in promoting this initiative via their own personal contacts, social media, and networking channels may use. In addition, there will be opportunities for participants to win special prizes.
The Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts will present the 2016 Texas Young Masters Class on Monday, April 25th, at 7 pm at ZACH Theatre in Austin. Fifteen of the state’s most talented young artists will be awarded $10,000 grant scholarships to further their artistic study in a variety of artistic subjects. This very special evening will include performances by the Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy Choir and Austin’s own Peterson Brothers. The event will include a presentation of medals to the 2016 class of Texas Young Masters by Honorary Chair First Lady Cecilia Abbott. The Texas Young Masters program is a joint initiative between the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) and the Texas Cultural Trust (TCT), recognizing excellence in 8th through 11th grade students engaged in the study of various artistic disciplines, including dance, literary arts, media arts/film, music, theatre, musical theatre, and visual arts. Students are awarded $5,000 per year for to two years to further pursue their artistic training. Tickets on sale soon.
For more information on the Texas Young Masters program, visit www.txculturaltrust.org/programs/young-masters. For more information on the Texas Rising Stars Campaign, visitwww.TxRisingStars.CauseVox.com when it goes live on February 1st.
About the Texas Cultural Trust
The Texas Cultural Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the importance of the arts in educating our children and sustaining our vibrant Texas economy, through awareness, outreach, economic research, and the development of arts education curriculum for public school students. Programs of the Texas Cultural Trust include the biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards, the Texas Young Masters Program, Create Texas, Arts and Digital Literacy Initiative, Adventures in the ARTS—a children's book, Texas Women for the Arts and Founders for the Arts, as well as support for programs of the Texas Commission on the Arts and other qualifying state agencies. For more information on TCT, please visit www.txculturaltrust.org.
About The Texas Commission on the Arts
TCA was organized in 1965 by the Texas Legislature to develop a receptive climate for the arts in Texas. TCA supports a diverse and innovative arts community in Texas, throughout the nation and internationally by providing resources to enhance economic development, arts education, cultural tourism and artist sustainability initiatives. For more information on TCA and its programs, please visit www.arts.state.tx.us.