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November 28, 2006


NASHVILLE - - The Tennessee Arts Commission is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on Citizen Advisory Panels for Fiscal Years 2008and 2009. The panels meet once a year to review grant applications. Panelists also serve as year-round resources to the Commission staff and as advocates for the arts in their communities.

Currently there are panels for Arts Access, Arts Education (Teacher Training and Community Learning), Community Arts, Cultural Crossroads, Dance, Folklife, Funds for At-risk Youth, Inter-Arts, Literary Arts, Music, Theater, Rural Arts Project Support, and Visual Arts. Panel members may be either professional artists, arts supporters, arts administrators, volunteers and/or educators.

“The Commission regularly reviews membership criteria for advisory panels in order to provide the most effective panels possible,” says Rod Reiner, deputy director of the Tennessee Arts Commission. “The caliber of panelists selected to serve is always impressive. Most of the individuals nominated have a strong background in the arts. We are very appreciative of their time, effort, and dedication. These outstanding individuals are one of our most valuable resources.”

According to Reiner, individuals may either nominate themselves or other qualified individuals by submitting a current panelist nomination form, resume,and statement of the individual’s qualifications. Nomination forms can be found on the agency’s Web site at: www.arts.state.tn.us/advisorypanels08.htm.

Panelists are expected to make a commitment to attend a grant application review meeting in Nashville in the Spring of 2007. In addition, new panelists are asked to participate in an area panel orientation meeting.

Panel members are not allowed to submit grant applications on behalf of any organization on which they serve as an officer, board member, staff, or employee, or any application which would result in payment of monetary benefit to themselves.

Nominations should be received by January 15, 2007.
For more information contact Rod Reiner at (615) 741-2093 or e-mail: rod.reiner@state.tn.us.

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