Sen. Crowe announces Local Arts Grants

June 23, 2009

Sen. Crowe announces Local Arts Grants

(NASHVILLE, TN), June 23, 2009 State Senator Rusty Crowe (R- Johnson City)announced today that several upstate arts organizations within Senate District 3, which he represents, will receive a combined $95,350 in grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission.  The grants include UMOJA / Unity Committee Inc. at $6,700, Johnson City Area Arts Council at $4,900, Johnson City Symphony at $12,000, Johnson City Area Arts Council at $15,250, International Storytelling Center at $52,500 and the Cloudland Elementary School at $4,000

“We are delighted that the Tennessee Arts Commission allocated grant money for these worthy arts efforts in our area,” said Sen. Crowe.  “These grants will be used to promote the arts in our community.”

The Tennessee Art’s Commission’s matching grants are made possible through an appropriation of funds by the General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates. The Tennessee Arts Commission will award over 850 community grants for the 2010 fiscal year, totaling $7.6 million. The allocation process for the grants involves a review by citizen advisory panels made up of Tennesseans with expertise in appropriate disciplines and a final review by the full 15-member Tennessee Arts Commission.

“These funds enable us to promote the arts so that it will be part of the heritage for future generations of Tennesseans,” added Crowe.  “I know that all of these groups will do a wonderful job in our area in promoting the arts.”

Additional information is available at www.arts.state.tn.us.

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