The Port Aransas Art Center has been providing quality art instruction, exhibitions, support to the artist community, and related activities since 1995. The Art Center was formed by a group of artists who wanted to provide a place where artists and art lovers could gather, and to encourage, educate and support one another in a pleasant gallery and classroom setting where fine art could be produced and presented for sale. In April 1997, the Port Aransas Art Center was granted its official IRS designation as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
The Port Aransas Art Center is mindful of its role in sustaining the quality of life of Port Aransas, surrounding communities, and the State of Texas as a whole.
“Texas’ Arts and Culture Industry promotes innovation and long-term growth, and generates $5.5 billion per year in taxable sales, contributing more than 343.7 million in state sales tax revenue in 2015. This impact on the statewide economy has grown
steadily since 2005, increasing 25.1 percent over the past 10 years. Beyond revenue from state taxes, these sectors generate millions for local taxing entities including cities and economic development organizations whose funding comes from local sales tax revenue.”
Did you know?
- The Texas Arts and Culture Industry has grown more than 15% over the past decade, generating $5.59 billion for the Texas economy and nearly $350 million in state sales tax revenue in 2017.
- Tourists are drawn to arts and culture attractions in Texas. On average, arts and culture tourists stay longer, bring more people, and spend more money than non-culture tourists.
- Arts education prepares the 21st century workforce by developing creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration. The creative sector in Texas employs nearly 800,000 innovation workers, which represents one in 15 jobs. Average annual earnings for some creative sector occupations (see pages 12-13) are almost double those of workers in non-creative sector jobs.
- In a 2018 survey, 84% of Texas voters agree that the arts are a very important part of a student’s education, and 73% favor increased state funding for the arts in Texas public schools.
- Across all grade levels, students enrolled in arts courses attend school more regularly. High school students experience the greatest impact with a 3.3% greater attendance rate, the equivalent of an additional week of school each year. Students who complete more arts courses have up to 15% higher pass rates on standardized tests than students with fewer arts courses.
- The arts and creative arts therapies are demonstrating the ability to improve a patient’s overall health outcomes, treatment, and quality of life. Institutions across Texas are leveraging the power of the arts to improve health and well-being for patients, families, and caregivers.
- 80% of Texas voters support increased funding for the arts in schools.
The Port Aransas Art Center works closely with the Port Aransas Independent School District and surrounding communities. Our region has a high percentage of low income K-12 students. In fact, the Art Center hopes to expand its educational programming but the lack of underwriting – particularly since Hurricane Harvey – has prevented that from happening in the near term (but we have not given up hope).
If you have an interest in underwriting our educational programs for youth or for adults, please contact us by using the secure contact form found on this website.
We were pleased to learn that nationally, nearly a quarter of companies expect to increase their funding for the arts in the next 12 months and only 7 percent expect a decrease, according to new research from The Conference Board and Americans for the Arts. “These increases will likely be driven by increased overall philanthropy budgets. The study also found that nearly all companies are engaged with the arts community, complementing the support for the sector delivered through the National Endowment of the Arts.”
The Port Aransas Art Center welcomes partners from all sectors. We believe the arts are vital to a strong economy and to the education of our children. We are proud of our role in furthering these goals.
Other Resources You Might Enjoy
- Americans for the Arts (2017), “8 Ways the Arts Can Boost Your Local Economy”
- Fast Company (2013), “Science Says Art Will Make Your Kids Better Thinkers (and Nicer People)”
- Forbes (2016), “The Arts and Aging: 5 Surprising Insights on Creativity”
- Gateway to Mental Health Services (2018), “Creativity and Recovery: The Mental Health Benefits of Art Therapy”
- NCSL: National Conference of State Legislatures (2013), “Arts, Culture and Economic Development”
- NGA Center for Best Practices (no date), “Arts & the Economy: Using Arts and Culture to Stimulate State Economic Development”
- PBS Parents (no date), “The Importance of Art in Child Development”
- The New York Times (2016), “Using the Arts to Promote Healthy Aging”
- Texans for the Arts, “The Art of Economic Development”
- Today’s Geriatric Medicine (no date), “Aging: What’s Art Got To Do With It?”