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July 21, 2011

Tennessee Arts Commission Announces Grant Awards For Fiscal Year 2012

NASHVILLE - - 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).

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 by Tennesseans who purchase collegiate/university, personalized, and specialty motor vehicle license plates.

“This 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 Hays.

According to Hays, the Commission will award over 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. Grant categories include: Arts Build Communities, Arts Access, Arts Education, Arts Project Support, Cultural Education Partnership, Funds for At-Risk Youth, Partnership Support, Individual Arts Fellowship, Major Cultural Institution, 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 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 make us better citizens,” said Hays. “The Commission is fortunate to have a dedicated revenue source from the specialty license plates which Tennesseans voluntarily purchase each year.” The license plates provided $5.4 million for grant awards.

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.

Additional information on grant programs offered by the Tennessee Arts Commission is available at: www.tn.gov/arts.

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 2012 grantees, listed by county, Click Here (PDF)



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