City of San Marcos Arts and Cultural Funding

Our vision for San Marcos is a city in which artistic excellence is celebrated, supported and available to all. The mission of the San Marcos Arts Commission is to promote tourism in San Marcos by enriching our city and its diverse cultural heritage by supporting works of artistic excellence, advancing arts education and strengthening the arts in the community while promoting local tourism and the convention industry. The appointed commission provides oversight for the expenditure of city Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT Tax) and general funds for the promotion of the arts. 

Funds are available for  projects that promote or enhance the arts in San Marcos. Projects must also enhance tourism to our community. 

2019-2020 Arts Grant Application Period Opens Summer 2019

2018-2019 San Marcos Arts Grant Recipients
The San Marcos Arts Commission is proud to provide grants to our 2018-2019 Arts and Culture Grant recipients listed below. This year, the Commission awarded $173,934 in grants to recipients bringing quality music, dance, theater, film, and visual art to San Marcos:
  • Summer In The Park
  • Sacred Springs Powwow
  • Indigenous Arts Summer Encounter
  • Yana Wana's Legend of the Bluebonnet
  • Diez y Sies Fiesta
  • Feria del Mariachi 2019
  • 2019 Youth Mariachi Summer Camp
  • SMAL Workshops/Demos, Community Outreach, Exhibits, and Art Market
  • Celtic Festival
  • Handel's Messiah
  • Season 10
  • ArtSpace Summer Camp at Centro
  • Centro Diversity Programs
  • 10th Texas State International Piano Festival
  • Performing Artists' Fund
  • Rotating Community Art Gallery
  • ComDance at the Price Center
  • San Mercado @ the Center
  • Third Thursday Downtown Walkabout & Kissing Alley Concert Series
  • Walkers' Community Art Gallery
  • SMTX PRIDE
  • Music Flicks from the '666, 72-hour Film Race, Shorts & Shirts
  • Lost River Film Fest 
  • Eddie Durham Jazz Festival
  • Eddie Durham Birthday Celebration