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July 10, 2008


NASHVILLE - - Donna Chase, chair of the Tennessee Arts Commission, has announced grants awarded to local organizations for Fiscal Year 2009 (July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009).

Tennessee Arts Commission grants are made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and Tennesseans who purchase specialty license plates.

“The state is indeed fortunate to have elected leaders who support the work of the Tennessee Arts Commission in building better communities through the arts,” said Chase.

According to Chase, the Commission will award over 850 grants during Fiscal Year 2009, totaling more than $7.2 million dollars.  These funds have a direct impact on communities across Tennessee, in both urban and rural areas.  Grant categories include: Arts Build Communities, Arts Access, Arts Education, Arts Project Support, General Operating Support, Individual Artist Fellowships, Major Cultural Institutions, Rural Arts Project Support, Student Ticket Subsidy, Technical Assistance, Touring, Special Opportunities, and Professional Development Support.

The Commission’s allocation process involves a review by citizen advisory panels made up of Tennesseans with expertise in appropriate arts disciplines, and a review and final approval by the full 15-member Tennessee Arts Commission.

"The arts are changing lives in Tennessee.  They improve education when integrated into the curriculum. They contribute to our economy, make our communities exciting and livable, and make us better citizens," said Chase.

Chase also said, “$4.8 million of the Commission’s grant funding is made possible through the sale of specialty and collegiate license plates which Tennesseans voluntarily purchase each year.”

The Tennessee Arts Commission is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences that add value to the lives of every citizen, and enhance the quality of life in Tennessee communities.

Additional information on grant programs offered by the Tennessee Arts Commission is available online at: www.arts.state.tn.us.

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NOTE TO EDITOR:  This information was previously released to State Representatives and State Senators so they could announce designated award amounts for their legislative districts, if they chose to do so.

For List of Fiscal Year 2009 Grants, Listed By County, Click Here (PDF Document)

The Tennessee Arts Commission is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences that add value to the lives of every citizen, and enhances the quality of life in Tennessee communities.

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