We as writers always look for a "hook" to lure in readers, and when writing about anything Texas-related, the temptation is strong to fall back on the "everything's bigger in Texas" trope. It's predictable, it's lazy, and in the case of recent news that the Arts Community Alliance (TACA) recently gave out the most money to Dallas area arts organizations in its history, it's completely and totally accurate.
We live in a country with no shortage of vibrant arts communities. Very rarely do philanthropic organizations publicly state that one is better than another. Yet it occasionally happens, and when a rep from a powerhouse like the Knight Foundation makes such a statement, it's doubly newsworthy. In this case, we're talking about Dennis Scholl, vice president of arts for the Knight Foundation. The quote in question: "The thing I see in St. Paul that I don't see as much in other communities is a real sense of collaboration."