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November 20 , 2012

Tennessee Arts Commission To Meet In Nashville

Quarterly meeting will be held December 6 at the Commission office

NASHVILLE - - The Tennessee Arts Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting Thursday, December 6, 2012 at the Commission office, located at 401 Charlotte Avenue.  The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. (CT).

According to Bob Wormsley, chair of the Commission, the agenda will include a report on the FY2013/FY2014 State Budget and an update on the Commission’s ongoing grants.

A report will be provided on the 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards.  Held every two years, the Governor’s Arts Awards are Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts. An update will be provided on the Student Ticket Subsidy program, which provides funds to public schools for arts and cultural experiences.

Shannon Ford, director of community arts development for the Commission, will report on the recent conference, “Transforming Assets Into Opportunities,” which was held at Pickwick Landing State Park in October. The conference focused on how the arts can be used to fuel economic and community development.

Representing Tennesseans for the Arts (TFTA), Liza Zenni and Molly Pratt will provide a Legislative Update.  Zenni is president of TFTA, and Pratt is the government and community relations consultant for the arts advocacy organization.  In addition, an update will be provided on the Commission’s next strategic plan.

The Consent Agenda will include a discussion of the Arts Build Communities (ABC) program. The program was suspended for FY2013 because of budget considerations. The ABC program seeks to build communities by nurturing artists, arts organizations, arts supporters in each of the state’s 95 counties.

The Commission’s quarterly meetings are open to the public.   

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

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