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The Bend Magazine

One Step Closer

05/23/2019 03:24PM ● By Kylie Cooper

It’s no secret that the affected areas of Hurricane Harvey are still in the process of rebuilding and revitalizing aspects of the community. The Rockport Center for the Arts is no different and, with the help of both local and state-wide organizations, they are inching closer and closer to their end goal: a new facility that will continue to provide a place for creativity to cultivate.

The Meadows Foundation, an organization whose goal is to improve the quality and circumstances of life for Texans now and for future generations, recently awarded Rockport Center for the Arts a grant in the amount of $100,000! Every penny of the grant will go towards the organization’s capital project!

“We are grateful to The Meadows Foundation for their generous grant and their recognition of the importance of our mission. A new campus dedicated to the arts is critical for the development of downtown Rockport, and will be a boon to the quality of life of our  community,” says Luis Purón, Executive Director. He adds, “Rockport Center for the Arts has been building meaningful relationships across the United States for five-decades. We are eager to do more to continue our mission, serve our community, and deliver high impact programming that drives tourism to the Texas coast.”

Linda Perryman Evans, President and CEO of The Meadows Foundation, mentions the fact that arts and culture are at the heart of every community, and Rockport is no different. Rockport has had the reputation of being a hub for all things arts and culture for decades. So, it should come as no surprise that the center is as resilient as ever in their efforts to rebuild. “We are thankful we were able to be a part of the rebuilding of the [Center] after its devastating loss in Hurricane Harvey,” Evans says.

Rockport Center for the Arts is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM; admission is always free. For more information, call (361) 729-5519.