The Texas Cultural Trust

November, 2017

The Texas Cultural Trust is excited to announce the statewide broadcast of the preeminent 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards on Texas PBS stations thanks to the generous support of South Texas Money Management, Ltd. 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 artistic opportunity for Texans of all ages.  The Awards shine a spotlight on the importance of the arts to our state’s economy, our children’s education, and to the bright and vibrant cultural heritage of Texas.            


The following Texas PBS stations will broadcast the Texas Medal of Arts Awards on the following days and times: 


KCOS, El Paso, October 21 at 7:00 pm, *possible rebroadcast TBA

KLRU, Austin, October 22 at 2:00 pm, *possible rebroadcast TBA

KERA, Dallas, October 27 at 8:00 pm 

KLRN, San Antonio, October 29 at 1:00 pm 

KEDT, Corpus Christi, November 2 at 7:00 pm 

Panhandle PBS, Amarillo, November 4 at 11:00 pm


Additional Texas PBS stations are pending.


“As funding for arts education and incentives to engage the arts to stimulate economic growth continue to be threatened, the Trust continues to promote how vitally important the arts are to both,” said Heidi Marquez Smith, Executive Director of the Texas Cultural Trust. “The arts bring more than $5.5 billion into our state each year and positively impact our children’s test scores, and drop out and attendance rates.  Honoring these amazing Texans with a Texas Medal of Arts Award brings visibility to the arts in every discipline, allows children to see themselves as an artist, and reinforces the impact of arts to our state, and these broadcasts will help grow that awareness.”    


The Texas Medal of Arts broadcast features touching tributes and remarks by the 2017 honorees:


Corporate Patron:  John Paul & Eloise DeJoria, Paul Mitchell/Patrón Tequila, Austin

Multimedia:  Kris Kristofferson, Brownsville

Individual Arts Patron:  Lynn Wyatt, Houston

Dance:  Lauren Anderson, Houston

Music:  Yolanda Adams, Houston

Arts Education:  Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas

Theatre:  Renée Elise Goldsberry, Houston

Foundation Patron:  The Tobin Endowment, San Antonio

Visual Art:  Leo Villareal, El Paso

Architecture:  Frank Welch, Dallas

Literary:  John Phillip Santos, San Antonio

Journalism:  Scott Pelley, San Antonio

Lifetime Achievement:  Kenny Rogers, Houston


The broadcast includes performances by Texas Young Masters Nizhoni Begay and Luke Westerman, and 2017 dance honoree Dallas Black Dance Theatre.  The show ends with an all-star jam finale featuring The Gatlin Brothers, Ray Benson, Vikki Carr, Charlie Sexton, Dale Watson, Jack Ingram, and more. 


Since its inception in 2001, the Texas Medal of Arts Awards has presented 99 medals to 105 Texas legends and luminaries, including Willie Nelson, Debbie Allen, Horton Foote, Jamie Foxx, Neiman Marcus, Austin City Limits, the Houston Ballet, H-E-B, Kilgore College Rangerettes, Sandra Cisneros, Big Thought, Betty Buckley, Eve Longoria, Exxon Mobil Corporation, The Meadows Foundation, Rick Lowe, ZZ Top, and more.  For a full list of previous honorees, visit www.TexasMedalofArts.org.   



The Texas Cultural Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to be the leading voice for the arts in education, advocacy, and economic impact in Texas, spotlighting the artistic excellence of our state.  Programs of the Texas Cultural Trust include the biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards, Texas Women for the Arts, the Texas Young Masters, Arts & Digital Literacy, and Art Can. The Trust also supports the programs of the Texas Commission on the Arts and other qualifying state agencies.  For more information, please visit www.txculturaltrust.org