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

Understand the important impact of the arts in Texas.
Get a clear picture of arts access in their school district.
Access tools to stand up for the arts in Texas.
Art Can

is a program of the Texas Cultural Trust and is sponsored by Houston Endowment and the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts. Through Art Can, the Trust conducts research and produces data to quantify the impact of the arts and creative sectors on the economy and education in Texas.

About the Research Team

Texas Voter Survey

Mike Baselice, of Baselice and Associates, Inc. oversaw the Texas Cultural Trust’s 2018 Texas Voter Survey, which was conducted August 13-21, 2018 among N=600 Texas voters to measure their attitudes about increased funding for arts education. The poll was conducted online and carries a margin of error of +/- 4.0 percentage points. The Texas Cultural Trust’s 2016 Texas Parent Survey was conducted September 20-30, 2016 and queried N=603 Texas parents to measure their attitudes about arts education. The poll was conducted online and half of respondents (n=303 interviews) were in the Houston media market, with the other half (n=300) representing the rest of the state. Each of the 300 or 303 responses carries a margin of error of +/- 5.7 percentage points. Respondents were required to have pre-school or school-age children in order to qualify for the survey.

Economic Impact Data

Research into the economic impact of the Arts and Culture Industry was conducted for the Texas Cultural Trust by Travis James of TXP, Inc. The research utilized data sets from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Economic Development and Tourism Division of the Office of the Governor, and D.K. Shifflet & Associates. The objectives of the research were to assess the statewide economic impact of the 42 industry sectors that comprise the Arts and Culture Industry, the 10,600 Arts and Culture Industry businesses throughout Texas that employ nearly 130,000 workers, and the impact of Arts and Culture travel and tourism dollars.

Education Data

Research on student access to the arts was conducted for the Texas Cultural Trust by Dr. Brent Hasty from MINDPOP and Austin ISD partners in early 2018. The study utilized Texas Education Agency (TEA) data from the 2016-17 school year for every district and campus reporting to the state. Campus level data, including campus ratings, number of students, number of arts teachers, number of credits earned for arts classes and other classes, were aggregated to the district level to determine student-teacher ratios for arts teachers, number of unique arts courses taught, and average arts credits earned. From the district levels, averages were examined by region, by level (elementary, middle and high), by classification (urban, rural, etc), and the state overall. Analyses of Variance (ANOVA) were examined to ascertain the relationship between four campus level arts inputs and the state campus accountability rating. Because school structures and programs differ greatly by school level (i.e., elementary, middle, and high), analyses were run separately for each level. Each relationship that is reported as significant was at the p<.05 level. Research on student success was conducted for the Texas Cultural Trust by MINDPOP, E3 Alliance, and Austin ISD in November 2014. The study utilized longitudinal statewide education data from The University of Texas at Austin’s Education Research Center (ERC), and focused on outcomes for middle and high school students based on their cumulative enrollment in arts courses. Academic outcomes examined included school attendance, standardized test passing rates, graduation rates, and post-secondary enrollment. The cohorts included students registered between 2010–2011 and 2012–2013 (middle school), and between 2009–2010 and 2012–2013 (high school).

Creative and Design

Screamer Co. is a boutique advertising agency based in Austin, Texas, specializing in helping brands find their voice and speak to the world in a compelling manner. Screamer Co. was responsible for distilling partner data into the final Art Can campaign.

Art Can Map

January Advisors is a data science consulting firm. They help people discover the stories inside of their data. January Advisors is responsible for the data visualization in the Art Can Map found at ArtCanTexas.org/map.

Organizational Partners

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.

Texans for the Arts (TFA) is a highly effective, non-partisan statewide arts advocacy organization that provides coordinated information about legislative activity related to arts issues and organizes advocacy efforts in order to protect and increase public funding for the arts at the state, national and local levels.

Partners in the Arts

Partners in the Arts

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council
Abilene Philharmonic Association, Inc.
Allegro Guitar Society of Dallas
Allen Arts Alliance
Allen’s Community Theatre
Amarillo Art Institute
Amarillo Museum of Art
Amarillo Opera
Amarillo Symphony
American Festival for the Arts
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Art Alliance Austin
Art League Houston
Artpace San Antonio
Arts Connect Houston
Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County
Arts Council of Midland
Arts Council of the Wichita Falls Area
Arts for Rural Texas
ARTS San Antonio
ARTS! Longview
ArtsView Children’s Theatre
Association of Texas Professional Educators
AT&T Performing Arts Center
Aurora Picture Show
Austin Angels
Austin Children’s Choir
Austin Classical Guitar
Austin Creative Alliance
Austin Film Festival
Austin Film Society
Austin ISD Department of Fine Arts
Austin Museum of Digital Art
Austin Opera
Austin Symphony Orchestra
Austin Theatre Alliance
Ballet Austin
Ballinger Chamber of Commerce
Ballroom Marfa
Big Thought
Bihl Haus Arts
Blaffer Art Museum
Blanton Museum of Art
Blue Star Contemporary
Boerne Community Theatre
Business Council for the Arts – North Texas
Camerata San Antonio
Cara Mía Theatre Co.
Carver Community Cultural Center
Chamber Music Amarillo
Charles Adams Studio Project
Children At Risk
Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas
Children’s Museum of Brownsville
Children’s Museum of Houston
City of El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department
City of Fort Worth
City of Round Rock Arts and Culture
Comal ISD
Conroe Art League
Conspirare
Corsicana Palace Theatre
Creative Action
Creative Kids – El Paso
Creative Waco
Crow Museum of Asian Art
Cultural Activities Center – Temple
Da Camera of Houston
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Dallas Children’s Theater
Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas Opera
Dallas Summer Musicals
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Denton Community Market
Doss Heritage and Culture Center
Downtown Dallas, Inc. – Dallas Arts District
East Texas Symphonic Band
East Texas Symphony Orchestra
El Paso Art Association
El Paso Museum of Art
El Paso Opera
El Paso Symphony Orchestra
Encore Kids Texas
Essentials Creative
Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society
Fort Worth Opera
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Frisco Chamber of Commerce
Gallery Main Street – Tyler
Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts
Greater Conroe Arts Alliance
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
Greater Denton Arts Council
Greater New Braunfels Art Council
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
Hideout Theatre
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
HOPE Events/HOPE Campaign
Houston A+ Challenge
Houston Center for Photography
Houston Symphony
Houston Youth Symphony
Hutto ISD
Imagination Fort Worth
International Museum of Art and Science
Jubilee Theatre
Junior Achievement of Brazoria County
Kids Excel El Paso
Kilgore College Theatre Department
Killeen ISD
Kimbell Art Museum
Laredo Center for the Arts
Liberty Hall – Tyler
Lone Star Ballet
Long Center for the Performing Arts
Longview Chamber of Commerce
Longview Museum of Fine Arts
Lubbock Arts Alliance
Lubbock Chamber of Commerce
Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
Mansfield Commission for the Arts
Marshall Regional Arts Council
McKinney ISD Fine Arts
McNay Art Museum
Meadows Museum, SMU
Meadows School of the Arts
Mexic-Arte Museum
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
MUSEOBENINI
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature
Navarro Council of the Arts
Oaxaca, arte en movimiento
Odessa Council for the Arts & Humanities
One World Theatre
Orchestra of New Spain
Pollyanna Theatre Company
RGV Partnership
Rockport Center for the Arts
Round Rock Arts
Rude Mechs
San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet
San Antonio Museum of Art
San Antonio Symphony
SAY Sí
Silo Gallery and Glass Studio
Society for the Performing Arts
Southwestern Writers Collection & The Wittliff Collections
Spring ISD Performing and Visual Arts
Starlight Symphony Orchestra
Strait Music
Teatro Dallas
Tejas Storytelling Association
Temple ISD
Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts
Texas Art Education Association
Texas Arthouse
Texas Aspires
Texas Ballet Theater
Texas Book Festival
Texas Business Leadership Council
Texas Performing Arts Center
Texas Shakespeare Festival
The Art Center of Waco
The Center for the Arts and Sciences
The Children’s Ballet of San Antonio
The Citadelle Art Museum
The Cliburn Foundation
The Contemporary Austin
The Ensemble Theatre
The Grace Museum
The Grand 1894 Opera House
The Institute for Studies in Art, Art History, and Architecture
The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts
The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture
The Women’s Chorus of Dallas
Turtle Creek Chorale
Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce
University Museum at Texas Southern University
Victoria Bach Festival
Victoria Ballet Theatre
Victoria ISD Fine Arts
Visual Arts League of Allen
VSA Arts of Texas
Waco Symphony Association, Inc.
Wimberley Community Chorus
Wimberley Valley Arts and Cultural Alliance
Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commmerce
Witte Museum
Women & Their Work Gallery
Young Audiences of Houston
Zachary Scott Theatre