A! Magazine for the Arts

Tennessee Arts Commission awards over $4m in annual grants across the state

July 5, 2016

NASHVILLE, TN - The Tennessee Arts Commission has awarded 345 Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Grants Awards totaling $4,476,520 to help fund arts and cultural activities for arts organizations, schools, local governments, nonprofits and artists in Tennessee.

Annual Grants provide funds for: operating support to well-established arts organizations; project support for arts projects in urban and rural counties; and a variety of arts education projects, such as professional development for teachers, arts education in communities and programming for children in grades PK-12.

"The Tennessee Arts Commission is honored to award these annual grants to support Tennessee's communities and schools through the arts. These investments help cultivate the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and offer all of us a better quality of life, provide our children with a more complete education, stimulate economic development and help attract tourists to our state," said Tennessee Arts Executive Director Anne B. Pope.

Annual Grant review panels were held throughout the month of April to review the grant applications. Panels are divided into different categories including: Arts Education, Arts Access, Community Arts, Folk Arts, Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theater, Inter-Arts, Funds for At-Risk Youth and Rural Arts. Panel members are appointed to two-year terms and generally consist of professional artists, arts administrators, patrons, sponsors, educators and community leaders.

The Tennessee Arts Commission board members voted unanimously to approve the annual grants May 25, 2016 at the Commission quarterly board meeting. The meeting was the last quarterly meeting of FY-16 in which the 15-member board historically votes on allocations and budget for the next fiscal year.

The Annual Grants are the first of a series of grants that will be made by the Tennessee Arts Commission. The Commission expects to award more than 1,000 grants during FY2017, totaling more than $5.5 million dollars. These funds have a direct impact on communities and schools across Tennessee, in both urban and rural areas.

Of the $5.5 million dollars that will be granted, $4.4 million comes from specialty license plate fees earmarked to benefit the arts. Additionally, the Commission receives a state appropriation from the Tennessee General Assembly and federal funding, namely from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about the Tennessee Arts Commission, visit tnartscommission.org.