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Volume 26, Number 4 — April 2019

Arts Commission Awards Grants

August 30, 2011

NASHVILLE, 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