Art Can


is a project of the Texas Cultural Trust and is funded by the Houston Endowment. The mission of the Trust is to be the leading voice for the arts in education, advocacy, and economic impact in Texas, spotlighting the artistic excellence of our state.

ART CAN serves as a resource to Texas parents, educators and public policy makers so that they can:

Understand the positive impact of an arts education
Get a clear picture of arts access in their school district
Have the tools to take action to increase arts access for Texas children

Art Can Supporters


Texas Cultural Trust, January 2015

President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities, May 2011

National Institutes of Health, February 2000

The Dana Foundation, March 2008

Arts courses include (a) art, music or theatre at the elementary level, (b) courses categorized by TEA as 'Fine Arts' at the middle school level, (c) courses categorized by TEA as 'Fine Arts' at the high school level, (d) Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate fine arts related courses, and (e) State approved innovative courses relating to art, music, theatre or dance.

The number of credits earned was calculated using TEA course enrollment information; earned credits were calculated at the student level by summing all awarded credit for those passing each course.

The number of arts teachers was calculated by first identifying the teacher associated with each arts course; unique teachers were then summed to calculate a total for each campus.

Some district summaries may include incomplete data sets as submitted to the TEA and retrieved from the Texas Education Resource Center.

Data used to populate the State of the Arts Map is updated as it becomes available. Currently used is from Texas Education Agency’s 2014 reporting. Updates are scheduled for January 2019.

Resources for Texans

501(c)3 organization
Improves life for the people of greater Houston through its grants to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.

501(c)3 organization
Increasing awareness and raising funds for the arts.

501(c)4 organization
Political advocacy for the arts

State agency
Providing grants, information and technical assistance for the arts

State agency
Oversees primary and secondary public education. It is headed by the commissioner of education.

Information about general curriculum laws, rules for fine arts education, and resources.

Information regarding the review and revision of the fine arts TEKS.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Fine Arts for Elementary, Middle, and High School.

Provides opportunities to gain new insights, share our passion for art, and develop relationships by connecting teachers to teachers.

Not-for-profit professional association of individuals in the allied fields of health education, physical education, recreation, and dance.

TCDA is approved by the State Board for Education Certification as a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) provider.

Strives to use all the resources available to strengthen our teachers, and build on existing programs around the state to continue to improve the quality of theatre education in the state of Texas.

Organization of over 9,000 school music educators united by common goals.

Promotes standards of excellence in theatre and theatre education and supports the power of the creative experience.

The Educational Theatre Association and its International Thespian Society branch have been working since 1929 to honor excellence among students of theatre and support the work of theatre educators.

Non-profit, educational organization that promotes art education through Professional Development, Service, Advancement of Knowledge, and Leadership.

The world's largest arts education organization, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education.

Autonomous non-profit organization dedicated to promoting standards of excellence in dance education.

Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented connects and empowers educators and parents to meet the unique needs of gifted and talented individuals through awareness, advocacy and action.

Representing companies from the largest multi-national corporations to small businesses in nearly every community of our state, Texas Association of Business works to improve the Texas business climate and to help make our state’s economy the strongest in the world.