CHAMPIONING THE ARTS

Texas Women For The Arts Celebrates 10th Annual Gathering

By Shannon Miller Turner
Photography by Greg Harrison

THE SCENE: The Texas Cultural Trust’s giving circle, Texas Women for the Arts, celebrated its 10th year at the annual meeting held recently in San Antonio. Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery provided the perfect venue to welcome the weekend’s earliest arrivals before cocktails and conversation flowed at the party sponsored by Hotel Emma, the historic San Antonio Pearl District Boutique hotel.

THE VIBE: The following day began with coffee and mimosas in the home of Christi Moorman and progressed from there. San Antonio’s new children’s museum, the DoSeum, was the first stop of a weekend on the go. There, guests enjoyed an exclusive sneak peek of the city’s newest sparkling gem. Following the tour, the group enjoyed the “Young at Art” welcome lunch and a private, curator-led tour of the McNay Art Museum. Evening brought this special group of Texas stars to a reception and dinner at the Southwest School of Art. The exclusive Champion of the Arts reception, held in the lush garden setting of the school’s historic campus, included luxe jewelry displays by Duncan & Boyd of Amarillo. Dinner followed in the Coates Chapel where Joci Straus received the 2015 Texas Women for the Arts Champion of the Arts Award for her significant contributions to the arts statewide.

The weekend concluded with a special glimpse of the Jamie Wyeth exhibit at the San Antonio Museum of Art after which the attendees departed by river barge for a scenic cruise down the San Antonio River to the Briscoe Western Art Museum, the site of the annual meeting lunch.

THE CAUSE: Co-chairs Nancy Moorman and Alice Carrington Foultz.created the itinerary filled with the artfully-planned festivities. Bonding this very special group of women is their dedication to creating a legacy that impacts the arts for Texas’ future generations. This year, 24 arts programs across the State received $260,014 in grants. The annual grant initiative provides designated funds to arts-related programs across Texas. Since its inception in 2005, Texas Women for The Arts has awarded nearly $1.6 million in grants to 99 arts organizations, with more than one million children benefitting from the generosity of this stellar group of Texas women.

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