Karla K. Morton, Texas Poet Laureate, Among Those Selected for 2014-2016 Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster
Karla K. Morton, a professional speaker, award-winning author and Texas Poet Laureate, today announced that she has been selected for inclusion on the new Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) Texas Touring Roster. The Texas Touring Roster features some of the state’s best artistic talent and is designed to ensure that all Texans may enjoy events and performances by these artists in their local communities. Morton is one of 150 artists and arts companies selected for the roster.
“Artists on the Texas Touring Roster travel to communities across the state and perform in a variety of venues,” said TCA executive director Gary Gibbs. “In addition to performances, they may also conduct workshops, master classes, residencies, lecture-demonstrations or arts education components as a way to engage community residents. We are proud to offer the citizens of Texas access to such high-quality artistic talent.”
Artists on the roster must have a history of touring and maintain a reasonable fee range. The Texas
Commission on the Arts does not provide direct funds to artists in the Texas Touring Roster. Instead, TCA provides grants to arts presenters, schools, libraries, theaters, and other nonprofits and government units throughout Texas to help with the cost of bringing in companies and artists from the roster. Presenters may apply through TCA’s Arts Respond Performance Support grant category for a portion of the artistic fees for artists from the Texas Touring Roster.
Acceptance onto the Texas Touring Roster benefits artists like Morton by giving them a powerful marketing tool. Access to grant funds combined with the fact that Texas Touring Roster artists have been deemed the best in their field by a panel of statewide experts makes these artists attractive to a variety of presenters, including schools, festivals, theaters and other venues.
Artists on the Texas Touring Roster range from individual performing and visual artists to large performing arts companies. They represent artistic disciplines including music, visual art, dance, theater, storytelling, literary art and folk art. Options are diverse and range from ballet to bluegrass, animation to poetry, jazz to children’s theater, and everything in between.
More information on Karla K. Morton is available at www.kkmorton.com.
The complete Texas Touring Roster, as well as information on the TCA Arts Respond Performance Support grant category, is available online at www.arts.texas.gov. Support is based on TCA’s available funds. Contact TCA at 512.463.5535 for more information. Organizations interested in applying for a grant from TCA must apply by quarterly deadlines: for performances occurring September 1 through December 14, the application deadline is August 1, 2014; for performances December 15 through March 14, the deadline is November 1, 2014; for performances March 15 through June 14, the deadline is February 1, 2015; for performances June 15 through August 31, the deadline is May 1, 2015.