TN Arts Commission Grants For Area Nonprofits Announced

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
State Representative Ron Travis representing the 31st District, has released a list of grant award recipients from the Tennessee Arts Commission for Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019) in his district. This is the first of a series of grants that will be made throughout FY2019. 

These include: Rhea Heritage Preservation Foundation and Valley Fest, Inc.
                        
“I am very pleased to announce these investments for arts programming in Tennessee’s communities and schools,” said Rep.
Travis. “We have seen all across Tennessee, including Rhea and Sequatchie that the arts drive activity and add value to communities—promoting and increasing quality of life, economic development, tourism and education. The Tennessee Arts Commission has heard from local communities statewide that the arts are a vital tool for attraction and retention of businesses and creatives alike.”

“Tennessee is fortunate to have elected leaders who understand the positive impact the arts and culture have on Tennesseans and their communities,” said Anne B. Pope, executive director for the Tennessee Arts Commission. “The arts are a vital tool for attraction and retention of businesses, and help build stronger communities by enhancing the distinctive character of Tennessee places.”

According to Ms. Pope, the Commission will award approximately 1,000 grants during FY2019, totaling more than $5.5 million dollars. These funds have a direct impact on communities across Tennessee, in both urban and rural areas. Grant categories include Arts Access, Arts Education, Arts Project Support, Partnership Support, Individual Artist Fellowships, Major Cultural Institutions, Cultural Education Partnership and Rural Arts Partnership.

The Commission’s allocations process involves a review by citizen advisory panels made up of Tennesseans with expertise in appropriate arts disciplines and a review by the full 15-member Commission.

Other grant opportunities are offered throughout the year with rolling deadlines for qualifying organizations and individuals. They include grants for Arts Build Communities, Arts Education Teacher Incentives, Student Ticket Subsidy, Technical Assistance, Special Opportunities and Professional Development. Additional information on grant programs offered by the Tennessee Arts Commission is available at tnartscommission.org. 

The Tennessee Arts Commission is the state arts agency whose mission is to cultivate the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities. 

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