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In 2011, the Bastrop Arts In Public Places (BAIPP) Board was created and was instrumental in creating a strong display of public art in the downtown area. Bastrop was designated by the Texas Commission on the Arts as a Cultural Arts District in 2012, because of its immense wealth of arts and culture institutions and offerings.
City Council adopted the CAMP as presented by the BAIPP Board in September 2019. The purpose of the CAMP is to harness the ideas and energy of local residents and combine them with national best practices. As a result, Bastrop can support the development of authentic environments and vibrant experiences for everyone. It provides a roadmap for harnessing partnerships with local artists and arts and culture organizations.
A Cultural Arts Master Plan Ad Hoc Working Group was created shortly after City Council adopted the CAMP in February 2020. The group was assigned the task of making recommendations to the City Council regarding the approach to implement the CAMP. The CAMP Working Group identified the following priorities: diversity and inclusivity; partnerships and collaboration; political, social, and economic stability of the arts; accountability and transparency; effective management of the CAMP; and promotion of Bastrop as an Arts Destination. From this recommendation, the Cultural Arts Commission was formed in January 2021.
Diversity & Inclusivity: Founded on principle of diverse and inclusive community engagement.
Partnerships and Collaboration: Foster and promote partnerships and collaboration.
Political, Social, and Economic Stability of the Arts:
Accountability and Transparency:
Effective Management of the CAMP:
Promotion of Bastrop as an Arts Destination: Arts & Culture Related Tourism
Luis "Chico" Portillo
Bastrop Independent School District
Maria Montoya Stayton
Place 4, Chair
Dance and Music
In April 2022, the CAC launched a “Mini Grants” program aligned with the Commission's core themes, values and priorities, specifically, Diversity & Inclusion, Partnerships and Collaborations, and Political, Social and Economic Stability of the Arts. The Mini Grant Program will help grow and strengthen the local arts community and creative economy by providing support to arts and culture events and activities that enhance the community.
For more information about the Mini Grant Program and review criteria for applicants. Please click the graphics below.
Texas Commission on the Arts
Bastrop Opera House
Bastrop Museum and Visitor Center
Lost Pines Art Center
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