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August 9th, 2010
Arts commission puts out call for projects


The City of San Marcos Arts Commission is accepting funding applications for arts related projects and events to promote tourism in San Marcos.

As the projects are to be funded by the city’s hotel occupancy tax, they must support the local hotel/convention industry in order to qualify for funding under this grant program. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their projects and application with city staff before submitting their final applications.

Arts commission funding is limited to the encouragement, promotion, improvement, and application of the arts. Among the eligible arts are vocal and instrumental music, dance, drama, folk art, creative writing, architecture, design and allied fields, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic and craft arts, motion pictures, radio, television, tape and sound recording, and other arts related to the presentation, performance, execution, and exhibition of these major art forms.

An additional grant opportunity is available through a grant the City of San Marcos has received from the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) for sub-granting support to local artists and arts organizations. The TCA’s mission is to develop a receptive climate for the arts in Texas.

To accomplish this mission, TCA awards grants, promotes the arts, and provides specialized services to the arts and cultural industries. Funds will be distributed through a mini-grant application process.

Local artists and arts organizations are encouraged to complete an application for projects that will promote access to quality public art in San Marcos without the requiring support from the city’s hotel/convention industry. The maximum amount to be awarded for a mini-grant is $2,000.

Applications are available online at The deadline to apply is Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. Applications will also be available at the city’s parks and recreation office located at 401 East Hopkins Street.

For additional information, contact Lisa Morris, the city’s recreation manager at (512) 393-8409 or by email at

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