Texas Young Masters: Pushing the Boundaries


The Texas Young Masters program, a joint initiative between the Texas Cultural Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts, recognizes excellence in 8th through 11th graders in music, theater, dance, visual arts, and literary arts. The program awards grants of $5,000 a year for two years. Since its inception in 2002, the Trust has given 263 grants to 124 previous Young Masters, awarding $707,500 to aspiring artists from across the state. This grant provides the boost that allows the rising stars in Texas to become the legends of tomorrow.

Texas Young Masters is all about pushing boundaries, and that includes the ages of our donors. We want to push the boundaries of not only who is able to create amazing art, but who can support it as well. You don’t have to have a building named after you to be a patron of the arts – everyone’s support is crucial, at every level. The Trust wants to engage arts enthusiasts of all ages and incomes and show them how they are vital in sustaining Texas' vibrant arts legacy.

Funding the Future of Arts Today


Our goal is to fund 2 scholarships, a total of $20,000, for 2 Texas students, BUT we need your help
! We  want to strengthen the message that arts are for everybody to enjoy, to participate in, and to support. The Texas Cultural Trust relies on your donations to fund the Texas Young Masters program. Please donate today and join us in celebrating the very best of Texas by making an investment in these talented young Texans.

Download the Texas Young Masters Fundraising Toolkit here.  

Donate to Win! 


Donors will be entered to win one of three fantastic raffle prizes for the 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards!

$0-50- 1 raffle ticket
$51-100- 2 raffle tickets
$100-250- 4 raffle tickets
$250-500- 6 raffle tickets
$500+ 10 raffle tickets

Prize#1: Two Invitations to the 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards Show and Gala Dinner, with a one night hotel stay at a 4 star hotel in downtown Austin

Prize #2: Two Invitations to the 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards Show and Gala Dinner

Prize #3: Two Invitations to the 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards Show

Primed for Greatness


Many Young Masters excel at their art and successfully continue professional careers. We will be highlighting many Young Master artists  over the next month starting with Ida Saki

Ida Saki-

2010 Young Master in Dance. Originally from Dallas, Ida Saki attended the Tisch School of the Arts of New York University after graduating from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Her recent accomplishments include becoming the only female dancer to be named a Presidential Scholar, co-creating and performing a show that premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and being named one of Dance Magazine's 2013 Top 25 to Watch. Scroll down below to our blog to see more incredible footage and photos of Ida and of our other Young Masters!




Texas Cultural Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. With your donation you will receive an e-receipt as well as a receipt by mail to the address you provide.







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