Texas Shakespeare Festival

Actors Matthew Simpson, left, and Tim Fullerton pose for promotional photos Monday, June 14, 2021, for the Texas Shakespeare Festival’s production of “The Book of Will.”

Three Kilgore organizations will receive a combined $9,000 in grant funding from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the TCA announced this week.

The Texas Commission on the Arts is distributing a total of $11.6 million in grant funding to nonprofits and governments in 121 Texas cities for fiscal year 2022.

In Kilgore, the Texas Shakespeare Festival received a $3,750 grant to support educational performances of abridged Shakespeare plays in Rusk County high schools and a $4,500 grant to “advance the creative economy of Texas by investing in the operations of this arts organization.” The Reel East Texas Film Festival received a $750 grant to support its film festival, which features films, guest artists, filmmakers and other programming in November.

“We are honored and humbled to provide these grants to help sustain the Texas arts industry, which has been economically devastated by COVID-19. Over the last 18 months, we have seen many arts organizations and artists find creative and flexible ways to bridge distances and to find new ways of conducting their work and connecting communities. The arts have brought much comfort and means of expression to people across our state,” said Gary Gibbs, executive director of TCA. “However, it is important to note that most organizations and artists are not making the money they were before the pandemic. We are proud to invest these funds with arts organizations toward recovering the creative economy in Texas.”

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