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Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
Rockport Center for the Arts Announces Planned Giving Campaign

Rockport Center for the Arts' new Planned Giving Campaign is a result of the hard work of the Strategic Planning Committee, whose development of options for targeted investment in the Art Center's most vital areas was recently released to the public:

  • ArtLink for Kids; a summer creative education program for children entering grades 1-8
  • The Rising Eyes of Texas Scholarship: for students pursuing the arts in college
  • Acquisition of acclaimed Sculptural works for placement in the Art Center's Sculpture Garden
  • Conservation and Improvements to the Bruhl-O'Connor Home
  • Future Physical and Programming Expansion


The Art Center is most grateful for the generous lead gifts endowed to the Art Center in its 40th year:
  • The Barrow Foundation: $25,000 for ArtLink
  • The Madison Foundation: $25,000 toward acquisition of a James Surls Sculpture
  • Susie Love and Danny Hale: $2,500 Scholarship Award to a graduating senior in the annual High School Exhibition
  • The Margaret Sue Rust Foundation: $40,000 toward the acquisition of Sandy Scott's Off Port Bow
  • Pete and MA Fischer: $3,000 toward a formal entrance to the Sculpture Garden
  • Ken and Emilie Baebel: $5,000 toward the aquisition of a high-fire kiln (for ceramic workshops)
  • The Margaret Sue Rust Foundation: $10,000 to establish Shorelines, RCA's first national, juried exhibition for excellence in Coastal Art


If you are interested in becoming part of the legacy of Rockport Center for the Arts mission, history, and future, please contact us at 361-729-5519 or email info@rockportartcenter.com for a Planned Giving brochure. We are happy to answer your questions.


The Planned Giving Campaign would not be possible without the vision, dedication, and leadership of the Strategic Planning Committee:

William Weempe, Chair and 2010 Vice President of the RCA Board of Directors
Beverly Trifonidis, Executive Director
John Aasp, Visual Arts Director and Curator
Karen Ernst Mize, Education and Outreach Director
Pat McKelvey
Steve Haynes
Evelyn Atkinson
Diane Johnson
Mary Beth Gilliland
Anita Diebel
Thomas Dawson, creative consultant/graphic designer