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October 12, 2010

Tennessee Arts Commission Seeks Advisory Panel Nominations For Fiscal Year 2012

NASHVILLE - - The Tennessee Arts Commission is seeking nominations to serve on their Citizen Advisory Panels for Fiscal Year 2012.  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 Development, Dance, Folklife, Funds for At-Risk Youth, Inter-Arts, Literary, Music, Theater, Rural Arts Project Support I (arts organizations), Rural Arts Project Support II (non-arts organizations),and Visual Arts, Craft and Media.  Panel members may be professional artists, arts supporters, arts administrators, volunteers, 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 nominees have a strong background in the arts. These individuals are one of our most valuable resources, and we appreciate their time, effort, and dedication.”

According to Reiner, individuals may either nominate themselves or other qualified persons by submitting a current panelist nomination form, resume, and a statement of the individual’s qualifications.  Nomination forms can be found on the agency’s Web site: www.arts.state.tn.us.
Nominations should be received by the Commission no later than January 14, 2011.


Panelists are expected to make a commitment to assess applications, then attend a grant applications review meeting in Nashville in April of 2011 (specific panel dates to be determined). In addition, new panelists are required to review the online panel orientation presentation on the Commission’s Web site prior to the 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 or monetary benefit to themselves.

Panelists will be paid a small honorarium for their panel service ($75 for panelists who reside within a 120 mile radius of Nashville, and $125 for panelists who reside outside of a 121 mile radius of Nashville).

For more information contact Rod Reiner at: rod.reiner@tn.gov, or 615-741-2093.

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