Photography courtesy of Chris Caselli.
The 2018 Texas Young Masters Awards took place this week on Monday, April 16, at Austin’s ZACH Theatre. Hosted by honorary chair First Lady Cecilia Abbott, the ceremony honored 15 Texas students with $10,000 multi-year grants to enhance and build their professional artistic studies and provide access to developmental opportunities before college.
Texas Young Masters is a joint initiative between the Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) and Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) that recognizes excellence in Texas’ brightest 8th through 11th graders who excel in music, theater, dance, visual arts, and literary arts.
The biennial event was attended by prominent guests from the Texas arts community. The evening featured a discussion about the importance of art led by Texas artist Cruz Ortiz with Katie Rose Pipkin, 2008 Young Master recipient for visual arts, as well as performances by GRAMMY award-winning choral ensemble Conspirare, who sang an original composition by Allen Robertson, members of Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Texas’ legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist Joe Ely.
“More than 300 guests joined us in celebrating the future of the arts in Texas as we honored the 2018 class of Texas Young Masters,” said Heidi Marquez Smith, Texas Cultural Trust Executive Director. “Through this program, we recognize exceptional students and offer them opportunity to enhance their artistic study before entering college at prestigious educational programs in Texas and beyond.”
ABOUT TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST:
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. This mission is achieved through the Trust’s five initiatives that quantify, promote, and advance the investment in the creative future of Texas. Programs of the Texas Cultural Trust include Art Can, Texas Medal of Arts Awards, Texas Young Masters, Arts & Digital Literacy, and Texas Women for the Arts. For more information about the Texas Cultural Trust, please visit www.txculturaltrust.org. Community support to underwrite Texas Young Masters scholarship grants is also being received through the Trust’s online fundraising campaign. To support, please visit https://txyoungmasters.causevox.com/.
ABOUT TEXAS COMMISSION ON THE ARTS:
The mission of the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) is to advance our state economically and culturally by investing in a creative 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.texas.gov.
2018 TEXAS YOUNG MASTERS SPONSORS:
The 2018 Young Masters program was made possible through the generous support of Dr. Ernest and Sarah Butler, Texas Women for the Arts, The SermoonJoy Organization, Neiman Marcus, Wayne Fisher, Jeanne and Mickey Klein, Judy and Kirk Robison, Alturas Foundation, Covert Auto Groups, Kathleen and Ben Keating, Karen and Charles Matthews, Locke Lord LLP, and RWM Foundation.