Arts Commission Awards Grants
August 30, 2011NASHVILLE, TN — Ellen M. Hays, chair of the Tennessee Arts Commission, has announced grants awarded to local organizations for Fiscal Year 2012 (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012).
According to Hays, the Commission will award more than 950 grants during Fiscal year 2012, totaling more than $7.3 million dollars. These funds have a direct impact on communities across Tennessee, in both urban and rural areas.
Grants are made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who purchase motor vehicle license plates (collegiate/university, personalized, and specialty).
The Commission's allocation process involves a review by citizen advisory panels made up of Tennesseans with expertise in appropriate arts disciplines and final approval by the full 15-member Tennessee Arts Commission.
Following are grantees from Northeast Tennessee:
• Appalachian Classical Music Association – Elizabethton, $3,550, Music Camp and $5,850, Sonata Classics Festival
• Niswonger Performing Arts Center — $17,900, Operating Support
• Rural Resources — $4,700, Seasonal Suppers Project
• Tusculum College — $6,300, Arts Outreach Costume Shop
• Heritage Association of Rogersville — $5,250, Heritage Days 2011
• Arts Alliance Mountain Empire — $9,000, A! Magazine for the Arts
• Birthplace of Country Music Alliance — $21,500, Operating Support
• Bristol Ballet Company — $5,000, Operating Support
• Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion — $31,000, Operating Support
• Cultural Arts Division, City of Kingsport — $6,100, Engaging Kingsport through Public Art
• Kingsport Ballet — $15,300, Operating Support and $4,450, DANCE CO (Developing Artists and Nurturing Cultural Education through Community Outreach)
• Kingsport Theatre Guild, Inc. — $3,700, Salary Support
• KingsportARTS — $7,000, Operating Support and $4,250, Arts4Kids Outreach
• Paramount Foundation – Bristol, $4,500, Ain't Misbehavin' The Fats Waller Musical Show
• Symphony of the Mountains – Kingsport, $30,000, Operating Support and $1,250, SOTM/YWCA After-School Music Program
• Theatre Bristol -$3,350, Contracted Personnel
• Anna Kathryn Kell — Johnson City — $5,000, Individual Artist Fellowship — Visual Arts
• Johnson City Area Arts Council — $20,100, Operating Support and $4,100, Arts Education Conference: "Unlocking Creative Potential" and $4,000, Arts Corps
• Johnson City Symphony Orchestra — $17,700, Operating Support
• UMOJA/Unity Committee Inc. — Johnson City, $4,600, Umoja Unity Festival
• Woodland Elementary School — Johnson City, $1,700, Cultures & Geography Expanded through Puppetry
Additional information on grant programs offered by the Tennessee Arts Commission is available at www.tn.gov/arts.