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Austin Way - 2017 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Brooklyn Decker

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RENAISSANCE WOMEN WOMEN of POWER 74  AUSTINWAY.COM In session: As executive director of the Texas Cultural Trust, Jennifer Ransom Rice recently wrapped up the 2017 biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards, which honor the best in the state across all disciplines and philanthropy. With that big production in her rearview, she is focusing the rest of the current legislative session on funding for the Texas Commission on the Arts and its Cultural Districts Program. Personal mission: Rice's family believed in the importance of arts education, so she took lessons in piano and JENNIFER R ANSOM RICE The Advocate These five women of power are taking Austin's arts and culture scene to the next level. by MADDY HILL AND HANNAH MORROW photography by DAGN Y PI ASECKI ballet from a young age. "My parents always made sure we were involved in and exposed to the arts," says Rice. "To broaden our minds and look at the world in a different way was very important." Business sense: The arts, a $5.5 billion industry in Texas, deserves more funding from the government, Rice says. "Business, development, and progress—which we need for our city to grow—has to be done responsibly and collab- oratively with our arts and entertainment industry," she says. website: twitter: @txculturaltrust HAIR BY RAVEN CAMACHO; MAKEUP BY ALICIA BELLER; SHOT ON LOCATION (EXCEPT FOR SMART) AT THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN'S JONES CENTER

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