Texas Commission on the Arts awards $56K to Texarkana Arts and Historic District

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TEXARKANA — The Texas Commission on the Arts awarded $56,000 as part of a cultural project grant to the Texarkana Arts and Historic District.

The grant will focus on the Courthouse Square Connections project, which will be a gateway to the Arts and Historic District in downtown Texarkana.

Here is an overview of the project, according to the city:

  • Bending the Rules III: George Tobolowsky & Friends Public Art Exhibit, which will involve salvaged materials from the iconic Hotel Grim to engage local artists to work with renowned sculptor George Tobolowsky.
  • Over the Street Wayfinding Banner System, which will provide promotional opportunities north of the U.S. Federal Courthouse and Post Office at the gateway to the district to promote tourism.
  • Texarkana Museum System Arts and Historic District Visitor Center signage which will direct visitors from the U.S. Federal Courthouse and Post Office to the Arts and Historic District Visitor Center.

Arts and Historic Committee chair David Orr says they are appreciative of the funds from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

“We are grateful for this funding from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the support of the Texas legislature for the Texas Cultural District program,” said David Orr, Chair of the Arts & Historic Committee. “These funds will assist with continued improvements to downtown Texarkana.”

The Arts and Historic District is a joint regional marketing effort focused on historic downtown Texarkana. District partners include Main Street Texarkana, the Texarkana Museums System, the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce, and the cities of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Texarkana, Texas. More information can be found at www.visittexarkanadistrict.com.