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2006 BCA 10 Winner, The Star-Telegram, Opens Minds and Hearts to the Arts in North Texas

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2006 BCA 10 Winner, The Star-Telegram, Opens Minds and Hearts to the Arts in North Texas

Amon G. Carter Sr. established The Star-Telegram, a Fort Worth, Texas based newspaper, nearly a century ago on the notion that public service is necessary for any newspaper that wants to make life better for those it serves.

 

The Star-Telegram has been supporting the arts as far back as the Texas Centennial in 1936 when Amon Carter hired noted Broadway producer, Billy Rose, to produce a 100-day extravaganza, starring Sally Rand and other famous vaudevillians of the day. The Star-Telegram underwrote $65,000 of the funds needed and led the campaign to raise the remaining balance. The organization also promoted a show that drew more than two million individuals to Fort Worth. This marked the beginning of the Casa Mañana Theatre, one of the first theaters-in-the-round in the country, that still presents professional theater performances.

 

Upon announcement of the company’s acknowledgement as a BCA 10 awardee in 2006,   

Wesley R. Turner, former President and Publisher of The Star-Telegram, cited Amon G. Carter’s beliefs and the organization’s interest in continuing this legacy. “ ‘A man cannot live off his community.  He must live with it.’  He believed that the arts improved the quality of living for all and I count it a pleasure to continue that tradition.”

 

The Star-Telegram lives up to Carter’s ideals today by offering readers feature stories about national and international arts events to pique interest, invite participation and broaden horizons.

 

The Star-Telegram’s Arts & Culture section raises awareness on issues such as the latest developments in Texas arts funding, as well as advocates for the arts at large with special writings covering North Texas’ thriving creative sector. The newspaper is a mouth piece for promoting the arts and creative economywithin North Texas with thoughtful opinion articles penned by board members and leaders from organizations such as the Texas Cultural Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts, which shed light into the concerns of the arts community, as well as news on upcoming resources and events for artists and art lovers. The company even highlights the voices of pro-arts Texan senators, mayors and other elected officials on topics of key concern to the creative community as well.

 

However, thought leadership and news coverage are just a few of the many areas in which The Star-Telegram contributes to the local community.

 

The Star-Telegram also provides advertising to major museums and festivals to promote the activities of their groups and to celebrate cultural heritage and diversity. Among those institutions that have received complimentary advertising space and cash contributions are the Kimbell Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum, Modern Arts Museum, National Cowgirl Museum, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Arlington Museum of Art, the Main St. Arts Festival, Jazz by the Boulevard, Cinco De Mayo, Gran Fiesta Fort Worth, Mayfest, the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering, Theatre Arlington, Creative Arts Theatre and School, UTA Theatre Arts program, UTA EXCEL program, Arlington Arts League, Dance Theatre of Arlington, Symphony Arlington, Metropolitan Classical Ballet (formerly Ballet Arlington), and Arlington Choral Society.

 

In addition, The Star-Telegram offers grant support to a plethora of arts groups in its community such as the Fort Worth Symphony, Fort Worth Opera, Texas Ballet Theatre and the Van Cliburn Foundation. 

 

Photo: Photograph of Artist, Brian Donnelly (KAWS) at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth prior to the opening of the “KAWS: Where the End Starts” exhibit. Image sourced from the Star-Telegram and Paul Moseley (pmoseley@star-telegram.com)

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