Art Dirt: How Does Texas Arts Funding Work?

by Glasstire January 17, 2021
Dixie Friend Gay Houston Ariport Public art commission mosaic

Dixie Friend Gay’s Houston Bayou mosaic, commissioned for George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Photo: Dixie Friend Gay

Brandon Zech talks with Houston artist and Glasstire contributor Henry G. Sanchez about the challenges of public arts funding during a pandemic. If you’d like to learn more, you can read Sanchez’s recent articles about arts funding in Texas: Part 1 & Part 2.

“We shouldn’t try to abstract arts funding from our daily lives. We really depend upon it… we have to have the arts in our lives in order to feel human.”

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Related Reading on Arts Funding & COVID Relief in Central Texas:
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