Spotlight: Texas Commission on the Arts was written by Vice President of Research and Director of the Center for Economic Freedom Bill Peacock and Center for Economic Freedom Research Associate Cody Ross.

Created in 1965, the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) was established in order to accept federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (Legislative Budget Board, 13). Over time, arts funding has increased steadily at the state level. Today, federal funding for the TCA is just 10.3 percent of the TCA’s overall budget with most of its budget coming from general revenue (House, I-1).