At their June 1 quarterly meeting, TCA Commissioners voted to add 20 Texas artists and groups to the Texas Touring Roster. The Texas Touring Roster is a listing of Texas-based artists and companies that tour the state to provide quality arts experiences. It is open to all artistic disciplines: dance, music, theater, literature, storytelling, visual arts, and film/media arts. Being listed on the Texas Touring Roster attests to an artist’s quality and allows the artist to refer potential clients to the Arts Respond Performance Support grant program for partial funding. For the upcoming roster, artists on the current roster were allowed to renew their place on the roster for an additional two years without substantial changes. In all, 158 artists renewed their current roster listings.

Artists not currently on the roster, and two on the roster but seeking substantial changes to their listings, submitted full applications in January for consideration. Of 105 applications reviewed by a panel of presenting and touring professionals in March, the twenty earning the highest scores were approved by Commissioners to become Texas Touring Roster artists, bringing the total number of artists on the roster to 178. TCA congratulates the artists and companies approved to be on the 2016-2018 Texas Touring Roster. The online Texas Touring Roster is being updated to include the new listings and will be available by July 1.

The twenty artists and companies approved to be added to the roster are:

Aztex, Kyle; Bike Zoo, Austin; Bruce Wood Dance Company, Dallas; Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Southlake; Ruthie Foster, Austin; Pamela Hart, Cedar Park; Las Tesoros de San Antonio, San Antonio; Laser Spectacles, San Marcos; Montopolis Chamber Ensemble, Austin; Mother Falcon, Austin; Steve Parker, Austin; Puppet Pizzazz, Houston; Woody Russell, Austin; ire’ne lara silva, Austin; Peggy Stern, Austin; Tapestry Dance Company, Austin; Tumbaka, Houston;
Van Cliburn Foundation, Fort Worth (on current roster, sought changes); Matt Wilson, Austin; and WindSync, Houston.

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