County Commissioner Tim Boyd Donates $20,000 To ArtsBuild

Friday, August 23, 2013
From left are Board Chair Jim Kennedy, Commissioner Tim Boyd, Board member James McKissic, and ArtsBuild President Dan Bowers
From left are Board Chair Jim Kennedy, Commissioner Tim Boyd, Board member James McKissic, and ArtsBuild President Dan Bowers

County Commissioner Tim Boyd has donated $20,000 from his discretionary funds to ArtsBuild’s (formerly Allied Arts) Community Cultural Connections grant program. 


“ArtsBuild is one of the things that set us apart as a community.

It brings so much diversity to Chattanooga, the vision for Chattanooga and Hamilton County, and where we are going to go in the future,” Commissioner Boyd said. “That’s what I like about the Community Cultural Connections grant program. It is broadening the reach of art into the community. Many communities don’t understand how an investment in the arts supports the community. These funds are being reinvested into the community and the return on this investment is immeasurable.”


The CCC grant program, established in 2012, is a direct result of one of the primary goals of Imagine Chattanooga 20/20, the community’s long-range cultural plan. The purpose of the CCC grants is to make arts and culture more accessible to underserved populations inclusive of geographic area, ethnicity, age and individuals with disabilities. Recipient organizations are not required to have 501 (c)(3) nonprofit status, making the CCC grants available to a much larger pool of institutions. In 2012, twenty-three Hamilton County organizations, including neighborhood associations, social service organizations, and faith-based groups, received a total of $60,000 through the CCC grant program.



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