TITLE 13. CULTURAL RESOURCES

PART 3. TEXAS COMMISSION ON THE ARTS

CHAPTER 35. A GUIDE TO PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

13 TAC §35.1

The Texas Commission on the Arts (Commission) adopts an amendment to §35.1, concerning a Guide to Programs and Services, without changes to the proposed text as published in the September 23, 2016 issue of the Texas Register (41 TexReg 7371) and will not be republished.

The purpose of the amendment is to be consistent with changes to programs and services of the Commission as revised September 2016.

Comments were received from two organizations, and a summary of the comments and the TCA response is listed below.

Art Museum of South Texas expressed concern that the Texas Commission on the Arts was reducing the number of application opportunities for Arts Respond Projects from four times annually to twice annually, saying it would limit organizations in finding resources to fund the work they are doing.

The Commission met on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 and reviewed comments from the Art Museum of South Texas and discussed their concerns about the proposed changes to the grant guidelines and limiting the number of application opportunity for eligible applicants. The Commission voted to move forward with the changes as proposed.

The Fort Concho National Historic Landmark expressed concern that TCA is considering cutting the Sub Granting funds that are provided to arts organizations such as the San Angelo Cultural Affairs Council (SACAC). Fort Concho has been the recipient of sub-granting funds from SACAC for the past twenty years for the "Period Music at Christmas at Old Fort Concho" that serves 1500 students on a special program and 13,000 to 15,000 guests over the first weekend of December.

The Commission met on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 and reviewed comments from the Fort Concho National Historic Landmark and discussed their concerns about the proposed changes to the grant guidelines and limiting their opportunity for funding by discontinuing the Arts Create Subgrant Program. Fort Concho National Historic Landmark is not an arts organization, but they host art exhibitions, both of own creation and those curated by other agencies. The Commission voted to move forward with the changes as proposed.

The amendment is adopted under the Government Code, §444.009, which provides the Texas Commission on the Arts with the authority to make rules and regulations for its government and that of its officers and committees.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 19, 2016.

TRD-201606661

Gary Gibbs

Executive Director

Texas Commission on the Arts

Effective date: January 8, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 23, 2016

For further information, please call: (512) 936-6564