(NASHVILLE, TN) — State Senator Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and Representative John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge) announced today that seven arts grants have been awarded to six organizations in Anderson County from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The grants have a combined total of $69,040.
The 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 buy specialty license plates.
“This is good news for these arts organizations,” said Senator McNally. “We have many great arts organizations in Anderson County and I am very pleased these funds will be available to them.”
The grants include two grants with a combine total of $20,240 for the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge in the categories of Arts Education-Community Learning and Partnership Support. Other grants include $21,000 to the Oak Ridge Community Playhouse in the category of Partnership Support, $14,000 to the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association in the category of Partnership Support, $11,000 to the Oak Ridge Community Art Center in the category of Partnership Support, $1,800 to the Tennessee Mountain Writers in the category of Art Project Support and $1,000 to the Appalachian Arts Craft Center in the category of Art Project Support.
“The arts are an important part of our cultural heritage,” added Rep. Ragan. “I hope these funds will help these grant recipients in providing their services to area citizens during the coming year.”
The Commission will award over 900 community grants through the 2014 fiscal year, totaling $5.3 million. The allocation process 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.