Texas Cultural Trust Honors Texans’ Contributions To The Arts
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Miguel Angel, Chris Caselli, Jim Debth, Jen Perez
THE SCENE: The Long Center in Austin was the scene recently for an evening showcasing the art luminaries of Texas. The biennial Texas Cultural Trust Medal of Arts Awards showcased the substantial breadth and depth of artistic talent with deep Texas ties along with the wide-ranging impact these individuals have within the artistic world. This year’s class included 15 dazzling aspects of artistic careers, as large as Texas, featuring honorees in the movies, television, theatre, music, journalism, art education, literary arts and lifetime achievement.
THE VIBE: The Texas-wide crowd donned their best cocktail attire on the venue’s tented terrace as the VIPs rubbed elbows with honorees and fellow guests over cocktails that included the legendary Texas Rangerettes dance team members, who gladly posed for pictures with excited patrons of the event.
The evening continued as guests watched a cavalcade of heart-warming tributes and music performances, while VIPs including former First Lady Laura Bush introduced the 15 nominees: T. Boone Burnett, Jamie Foxx, Rick Lowe, Emilio Nicolas, Dan Rather, Charles Renfro, Robert Schenkkan, Chandra Wilson, Lawrence Wright, Ruth Altshuler, The Gatlin Brothers, Margaret McDermott, Kilgore Rangerettes, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Dallas’ Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. After the program concluded, guests returned to the terrace of The Long Center for a delicious multi-course meal catered by The Four Seasons and mingled and congratulated the nominees, thanking them for a lifetime of amazing work of which all Texans can be proud.
THE CAUSE: The tour-de-force evening, co-chaired by Dallas’ Gene Jones and Charlotte Jones Anderson, raised funds for the Texas Cultural Trust, whose mission is to promote and highlight the importance of the arts in educating the children of Texas and sustaining Texas’ vibrant economy.