Grants awarded for regional arts projects
November 24, 2014The Arts Build Communities grant was awarded to eight regional organizations for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The grant money helps each organization execute arts-related events. ABC is funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission whose goal is to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life and promote cultural experiences.
ABC funds help organizations provide the community with new or unfamiliar innovative arts experiences, offer arts programs that affect positive change, strengthen social engagement, enhance identity or economic development, and help artists and arts administrators develop entrepreneurial skills.
The Johnson City Area Arts Council is the local designated agency serving Carter, Greene, Johnson, Unicoi and Washington counties. Local grant applications were reviewed and evaluated by a volunteer citizen panel.
The grant recipients, amounts awarded and projects are as follow:
• Central Ballet Theatre was awarded $2,000 to help fund the production of an original ballet, "Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale" to be performed in January 2015.
• East Tennessee State University Slocumb Galleries was awarded $2,000 to support the exhibition of 16 American Indian/Alaskan Native artists during ETSU's first Native American Festival.
• Science Hill High School Band Boosters received $1,800 to help fund components of their Second Annual Marching Band Invitational.
• Johnson City Public Library was awarded $1,700 in support of a Contra Dance series offered for youth, families and the general public.
• Appalachian RC&D Council was awarded $1,200 to develop and market a mobile Android app as an innovative educational tool enhancing the "Quilt Trail."
• Johnson City Community Theatre was awarded $1,000 to help fund the production of "White Christmas," a musical adaptation of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas."
• Tusculum College Doak House Museum was awarded $1,000 to support public workshops and lectures by wildlife artist and naturalist, David Williams in the spring.
• Johnson City Senior Center Foundation received $860 to help support the Senior Chorale program.